An Australian School-based Apprenticeship, ‘why not’?

Jessica Perry is using her success as an Australian School-based Apprentice to demonstrate the opportunities this pathway provides for secondary school students, including entrepreneurship.

Jessica, who completed a Certificate III in Business, recently started a company which assists school students with career planning and identifying alternative career options, as well as working with employers to engage with their future workforce.

At only 19 years of age, Jessica already has bold plans to expand Career BluePrint nationally and then internationally.

Her transition from Australian School-based Apprentice to business owner was accelerated through the Young Entrepreneurs Spark Program at Hub Adelaide.

“I was going to do a traineeship when I finished school, so the Australian School-based Apprenticeship allowed me to gain that work-based qualification and exposure to the business world, giving me so many more options,” Jessica said.

“My Australian School-based Apprenticeship provided practical learning, real industry experience, education and an introduction to the workforce resulting in a huge competitive advantage over my peers.”

Jessica completed her Australian School-based Apprenticeship as a client engagement and communications officer with Workforce BluePrint, training provider Adelaide Training and Employment Centre (ATEC), Australian Apprenticeships Centre Sarina Russo, and secondary school Emmaus Christian College in Adelaide.

Her duties at Workforce BluePrint – where she remains employed on a part-time basis - include looking after the company’s social media presence and email database of more than 20,000 subscribers; supporting events and webinars; plus training new team members, including several Australian School-based Apprentices.

When asked why someone should consider an Australian School-based Apprenticeship she has this advice.

“You ask me why, but I say why not?," Jessica said.

“An Australian School-based Apprenticeship gives you everything you need while getting paid – it is a great training and job opportunity – the ultimate combination.”

Jessica was awarded an Australian Vocational Student Prize for 2013 and was named Most Outstanding VET Student in 2013 at Emmaus Christian College as well as winning the Sue Clifford Memorial Business Service Award 2013 from ATEC.

Jessica also won Startup Adelaide's Young Upstart Under 30 Award in 2014.

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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