Apprenticeship launched the radio star
With a keen interest in journalism since childhood, the chance to do an Australian School-based Apprenticeship with local Indigenous radio station, Bumma Bippera Media, could not have been a better option for Jenna-Maree Jacob.
"Completing a Certificate III in Media has given me practical skills and knowledge about the media industry," Jenna said.
"It has also been an amazing opportunity for me to work with elders and young people in my community and learn more about my heritage."
Jenna-Maree had achieved an incredible amount by the age of 18.
She has been recognised with awards and achievements ranging from the Pride of Australia Young Leader Medal to the Queensland School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year to the Order of Australia (QLD) Student Citizenship Award. Jenna was a finalist in the Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year category at the 2011 Australian Training Awards.
At her high school, she was the Indigenous senior leader, where she had a role mentoring younger Indigenous students.
And she has been a representative in last year's YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament for Queensland's Mulgrave electorate.
Now Jenna-Maree is studying a Bachelor of Creative Industries at university, majoring in Journalism.
And she credits her Australian School-based Apprenticeship with helping her to get there.