Hospitality guru skilled, confident

When an opportunity to undertake an Australian School-based Apprenticeship was on the table, Maddison McDonald thought the opportunity was too good to be true.

As the Australian Training Awards’ finalist was not completely satisfied with her secondary school learning, she started a Certificate III in Hospitality in Year 11 allowing her to gain on-the-job experience in a supervisory role with Coffee Guru.

Maddison said it was a fantastic bonus to gain experience in an industry she was interested in while gaining a nationally-recognised qualification.

“I had some of my best experiences during my Australian School-based Apprenticeship,” Maddison said.

“I learned about all areas of the kitchen and challenged myself each day by encountering and solving different problems – whether it was behind closed doors in the kitchen, or front-of-house.”

The 18-year-old graduated from Canberra’s Merici College and gained her hospitality qualification in 2013 – a year she was also named ACT School-based Apprentice of the Year and was a finalist in the same category at the Australian Training Awards.

“An Australian School-based Apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity, especially for young Australians who are not sure what they want to do after school,” she said.

“My Australian School-based Apprenticeship has helped me achieve my goals in life.

“It has brought me confidence and skills that I use in every aspect of life.”

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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