Building confidence with an Australian School-based Apprenticeship

Celine Reid felt the pressure at the end of Year 10 to decide on which subjects would prepare her for university. Unsure of what she wanted to do, Celine decided to pursue information technology which had been her favourite subject at school.

After speaking to her school’s career advisor, Celine enrolled in an Australian School-based Apprenticeship undertaking a Certificate III in Information Technology. It proved to be so successful that Celine won the Australian Capital Territory Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year in 2012 and went on to be a finalist the same year at the Australian Training Awards.

“My Australian School-based Apprenticeship enabled me to believe in myself and my abilities. I was able to experience what it was like in a professional office environment, and became more confident with what kinds of things are expected of you.”

Celine has this advice for those thinking about a career head start while still at school.

“An Australian School-based Apprenticeship allows you to study and work. You learn what to expect in a workplace, which is something you don't get in school.

“You get to form connections and networks, which will help you in the future.

“And even if you choose not to go into that path, you gain so many skills that you'll definitely use somewhere else,” Celine said.

Celine’s Australian School-based Apprenticeship did give her the confidence and skills to enter university where she is currently studying to be a secondary teacher.

Watch Celine’s success story.

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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