A fascination with a fracture has led to a career in healthcare

18 year-old Daniel O’Brien has had an interest in the healthcare system since spending time in hospital with a fracture in Year Seven. He was able to change that fascination into hands-on work, commencing an Australian School-based Apprenticeship (ASbA) in Year 10 and completing his Certificate III in Health Services Assistance in July 2015.

Daniel enjoys the diversity of his role as a trainee at the Caboolture Hospital. On a weekly basis, he has the opportunity to assist with patient care, transferring of patients, administrative duties and assisting with surgery preparations. Juggling school with practical and theoretical study was a challenge that Daniel took head-on and his time as an ASbA has reaffirmed his career choice.

Daniel had such a positive experience with his traineeship that he recommends Australian Apprenticeships not only as a great experience but as a viable career pathway.

“Australian Apprenticeships will leave you highly employable, with a diverse and rich set of skills. I now have so many helpful clinical and non-clinical skills that not many people my age have.”

Daniel’s dedication to his work and learning earned him the 2015 Queensland School-based Apprentice of the Year, a place as finalist at the Australian Training Awards and his appointment as an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador.

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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