Lifelong passion becomes career
When a family member was diagnosed with autism at the age of three, Eylish Perry developed an interest in learning more about children with disabilities.
The Canberra-resident started her Australian School-based Apprenticeship after completing work experience at a school for children with developmental delays, autism and moderate to severe intellectual or multiple disabilities.
She was inspired by the dedication of the staff and the school recognised Eylish’s passion for disability, offering her a position as an Australian School-based Apprentice.
“I decided to undertake an Australian School Based Apprenticeship because it was the quickest avenue for me to study and work with children with disability,” Eylish said.
She completed a Certificate III in Disability with the Australian Training Company and is now undertaking a Certificate IV in Community Services.
“An Australian School Based Apprenticeship is a great way to be part of the workforce while completing Year 12,” she said.
“My experience as an Australian School-based Apprentice was incredible.
“I had the privilege of working with so many wonderful staff, students and families.
“I learned to be an advocate for, and communicate effectively with people with disabilities, as well as teaching students to be as independent as possible.
“The children taught me far more than I could ever teach them.”
So outstanding in her studies, Eylish was awarded the 2014 Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year Award at the Australian Training Awards.
Watch Eylish's success story: The Learning Support Assistant: Eylish's Story.