Emma's good and winning career

When 24-year-old Canberra-resident Emma Goodwin completed Year 12 she always knew she wanted to pursue a professional career in a business environment.

With a qualification in event management on her CV, she saw an opportunity to enhance her career and complete an Australian Apprenticeship in business through on-the-job training.

“The traineeship gave me the practical experience I needed to understand the operations of a business, from basic accountancy methods through to human resources, knowledge management and occupational health and safety practices,” Emma said.

Emma completed her Australian Apprenticeship employed by the Australian Training Company and off-the-job training through Capital Careers.

She was hosted in her employment by the Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council (CPSISC) where she gained a Certificate III and IV in Business.

Emma now works at CPSISC as the Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer.

“Through gaining business qualifications I have skills that will carry through my whole life," she said.

"I really enjoyed the human resources aspect, so now I am completing the Certificate IV in Human Resources."

Emma was rewarded for her outstanding results in her traineeship by winning the ACT Trainee of the Year at the 2010 ACT Training Excellence Awards.

She then went on to represent the ACT at the Australian Training Awards the same year.

She has this advice for someone seeking out an Australian Apprenticeship.

“Apprenticeships and traineeships are a great way to get paid while you are learning on the job, make great business contacts and set yourself up for life,” she said.

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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