Caitlin’s VET pathway accelerates career

Australian Training Awards 2014 Finalist, Caitlin Maher quickly realised the health industry was for her after starting a two-year VET course in allied health during Year 10.

She later asked her careers advisor at Assumption College in Kilmore, Victoria, how to develop her knowledge and skills, which resulted in an Australian School-based Apprenticeship interview with Blue Cross Willowmeade aged care residence.

Caitlin was hired on the spot and balanced the remainder of her Victorian Certificate of Education with a Certificate III in Aged Care.

“An Australian School-based Apprenticeship prepared me to become a nurse,” Caitlin said.

“I learned exactly what is required in a health-related job which grew my passion for caring for the elderly.”

“I was supported at work and at TAFE but also encouraged to develop by solving problems and taking initiative.”

The 19-year-old used her vocational pathway as a stepping stone to university.

Undertaking a Bachelor of Nursing, Caitlin believes her experience in the industry will be an advantage.

“An Australian School-based Apprenticeship allows you to experience new job opportunities and explore your individual skills,” she said.

“You get a taste of working in the real world and it assists you to choose a career path.

“I plan to complete university, work as a paediatric nurse at a hospital in Melbourne and then travel and live overseas while nursing in other countries.

“That’s the great thing about Australian School-based Apprenticeships, it can really accelerate your career and open up new opportunities.”

Watch Caitlin's success stories: The Aged Care Worker: Caitlin's Story and Caitlin Maher.

If you are interested in an Australian Apprenticeship and how to get started, download An Australian Apprenticeship - Endless Career Possibilities brochure or contact your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.

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