On 23 December 2014 Machinery of Government changes were announced.

These changes include the transfer of the Skills responsibilities to the newly established Department of Education and Training.

Further details are outlined in the Administrative Arrangements Orders.

Veterinary nurse: Jessica Pendlebury

Training with all creatures, great and small

A love of animals and a determination to achieve her career goal sooner through an Australian School-based Apprenticeship has seen Jessica Pendlebury become the first student at her TAFE to complete a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing as an Australian School-based Apprentice.

After successfully finishing a Certificate II in Animal Studies in Year 10, Jessica decided she wanted to be a fully-qualified veterinary nurse by the time she completed high school in 2012.

"There are just so many advantages to completing an Australian School-based Apprenticeship," Jessica said.

"You learn about your chosen field through TAFE, and then you are able to put your knowledge into practice while you are at work - it makes learning easier and more interesting."

Thanks to the Australian School-based Apprenticeship program at GOTAFE, Jessica has guaranteed employment with her current employer once she has completed her Year 12 Certificate and is considering her options of either working full-time or working part-time and undertaking further tertiary studies.

"When I finish my Australian School-based Apprenticeship, I would like to go to university to study veterinary science.," she said.

"I always wanted to be a veterinary nurse, but working in the clinic has shown me that Veterinary Science is what I want to do."

Adding to her accolades, Jessica was named Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year at the 2011 Australian Training Awards.

Watch The Veterinary Nurse: Jessica's Story.

If you are interested in an Australian Apprenticeship and how to get started, download An Australian Apprenticeship - A Great Career Option brochure or contact your local Australian Apprenticeships Centre.

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