How working for his school has provided James with a platform for success

James Schifferle, a Year 12 student at Swan Hill College with an interest in computers and electronics, was excited to find his school could offer a vocational education and training (VET) course specific to his interests and able to earn him credits towards his Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE).

James had commenced his VET course in Year 10 so when his school, also a registered training organisation, advertised for an apprentice to work in their IT department, he had already completed a few work placements.

Keen to increase his knowledge by working with an experienced team in a real life environment, James successfully applied for the school based apprentice position at the beginning of 2015.

Now working in the IT department one day a week, James is completing the third and final year of his Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology.

James plans to continue his IT studies at university in 2017.

James was recognised for his outstanding contribution to vocational education and training at the 2016 Australian Training Awards where he was a finalist in the Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year Award after being named winner of this category in his home state of Victoria.

Watch James' success story: The IT Student: James’ Story.

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