A logical choice
Alex Jones was 16 when she decided it was a great idea to enter the community services and health care profession earlier than most by balancing her Year 11 and 12 studies with on-the-job training in the aged care field.
“I had wanted to be a nurse for as long as I can remember," Alex said.
"After doing army cadets and volunteering for the rural fire services, we did first aid courses and I always really liked everything about what we were learning.
“I knew nursing was the right career for me so an Australian School-based Apprenticeship in Aged Care Work was the next logical step to get me there."
Alex was so outstanding in her studies she was awarded the 2010 NSW School Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year and was runner up for the national title, the Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year Award the same year at the Australian Training Awards.
“I loved my traineeship, it was such an honour to look after my elderly residents," she said.
"I learned so much from their stories, and was inspired every day with their bravery and warmth."
Alex has now moved to Bathurst, where she is in the final year of her university degree to become a Registered Nurse.
She has been able to settle very quickly into her course, and her new job at Orange Health Service, thanks to the skills and knowledge she learned during her Australian School-based Apprenticeship.
“Doing my traineeship while still at school meant that I was prepared for the real world of nursing, and ready to deal with the changes of moving to university and a new job," she said.
Alex also has the opportunity to undertake work placement in rural and remote indigenous areas, and plans to study medicine in the future.