Certificate IV in Disability

Disability traineeship ‘best way to learn’

Helping children with disabilities through daily life inspires Jessica Benge each day.

The 2013 Tasmanian Trainee of the Year completed her Australian Apprenticeship through training provider Work and Training and employer Latrobe High School. Jessica continued her role as a teacher assistant at the school once she completed her traineeship.

Jessica says a simple desire to further her qualifications was behind her decision to undertake a traineeship.

“It was the best way to learn for me, being on the job doing something I love and gaining lifelong skills,” Jessica said.

“The best part of my traineeship has been reaching little milestones with the kids, things that help them get through the day at school.”

Jessica gained a Certificate III in Disability during her traineeship, and has gone on to complete a Certificate IV in the same field.

After being named Tasmania’s top trainee, Jessica was a finalist at the 2013 Australian Training Awards.

Jessica says it is important to find a career that you are passionate about.

“I believe if you have a can-do attitude there is nothing you can’t do,” she said.

Jessica received an Australian Overseas Foundation scholarship in 2014 and worked with a young man who has Autism named Austin. His story a very inspirational one with him being a 3 time go karting champion.
Jessica and the rest of the Racing with Autism crew travelled 28,000kms of North America visiting schools doing inspiring Autism Awareness presentations based on Austin's story. Jessica completed an Autism Awareness tour of Australia with Austin and is continuing to do what she loves. You can find out more about what Jess is doing in this space by following Racing with Autism on Facebook.

In 2017, Jessica started in a new role working for Autism Tasmania as an Autism Advisor, which includes running workshops for parents, carers and professionals. She teaches everything about autism, behaviours and strategies and shares her story and experiences.

Jessica would like to put together a program for children with autism that is valuable to their school or home life and create a large autism awareness program so there can be more understanding and acceptance.

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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