Aged care to security? It’s all in the skills

What do aged care workers and security officers have in common? More than you might think, as Hana Chapman-Speering found out.

Hana did her work experience in an aged-care home and decided that she’d like to try that career path. During Years 11 and 12 at Gungahlin College, Hana completed her Certificate III in Aged Care.

Hana had no problems doing her Australian School-based Apprentice (ASbA).

“I was able to spread my study out over the course of the apprenticeship, which made the work load very manageable. And it’s much easier to learn when you’re applying the learning as you go.”

Hana is keen to have as many work experiences as opportunity presents her, so she has changed jobs and is currently a security officer at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, another role that she’s enjoying.

“The security industry will often be interested in people who have worked in aged care because they have skills and experience that also match the needs of the security industry,” says Hana. Those skills include observational skills, the ability to respond in emergencies and the ability to cope with sometimes stressful situations.

To support her new role as a security officer, Hana is studying a Diploma of Justice Studies which will help give her a basic understanding of the application of legislation as well as skills in interviewing and gathering information.

Hana, 19, encourages every school student to consider doing an ASbA, no matter what their career plans are.

“You finish school with an extra qualification, you earn good money and you get valuable work skills and experience.”

In Hana’s case, she’s already found that her apprenticeship has given her skills that are likely to be in demand right across what’s shaping up to be a varied and interesting career.

In 2015 she won the ACT’s Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year Award and was runner up for the national award in the Australian Training Awards and was appointed an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador for the Australian Government.

Watch Hana’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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