Kimberley’s career head start

An Australian School-based Apprenticeship has played a key role in Kimberley Budgen realising her goal of a career with the Australian Government.

Kimberley undertook an Australian School-based Apprenticeship while completing Year 12 at Canberra’s St Mary MacKillop College - gaining a Certificate III in Business Administration through training provider Regional Group Training and host employer, ACT Education and Training Directorate.

Kimberley was offered a position with the ACT Education and Training Directorate upon completing Year 12 before being appointed to current employer - the Australian Government Department of Industry - in October, 2012.

The 20-year-old has since been promoted within the department where her duties include policy development and research, stakeholder communication, contract management and ministerial correspondence.

“My Australian School-based Apprenticeship provided me with the opportunity to acquire networks in the public service, develop both personally and professionally, gain hands-on experience and put into practice the theory I learned from school and my training provider,” Kimberley said.

“An Australian School-based Apprenticeship is a great way to start your career by giving you the opportunity to learn new and specialised skills and gain valuable networks in your chosen industry.

“It is extremely rewarding and I would highly recommend the Australian School-based Apprenticeship pathway to anyone.”

Kimberley’s list of achievements include 2011 ACT Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year, 2011 Australian Training Awards finalist, 2011 Australian Vocational Student Prize, silver medallist at the ACT WorldSkills Australia Regional Competition in 2011 and being recognised by the Board of Senior Secondary Studies for an Outstanding Achievement in Vocational Studies.

Watch Kimberley’s success story.

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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