VET Alumni - Individual

Individual

Business, Finance and Government Administration and Public Safety

Australian Capital Territory

Kimberley Budgen

Kimberley Budgen

Certificate III in Business Administration

Australian Public Service Program officer: Kimberley Budgen

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

View my profile on the Australian Apprenticeships website.

Chloe Handley

Certificate IV in Government

Government Event Manager: Chloe Handley

After completing Year 12 Chloe Handley, was accepted into a Bachelor of Business, specialising in Event Management, at the University of Canberra but declined the offer in favour of an Advanced Diploma of Event Management at the Canberra Institute of Technology.

View my profile on the Australian Training Awards website.

Hana Chapman-Speering

Hana Chapman-Speering

Certificate III in Aged Care

Aged Care to Security Officer: Hana Chapman-Speering

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

 

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New South Wales

Ashlee Hodson

Ashlee Hodson

Certificate III and IV in Business Administration and Certificate IV in Human Resources

Human resources officer: Ashlee Hodson

At age 22 Ashlee Hodson enrolled in a teaching degree at university, completing a year, and realised it wasn’t a career that she was passionate about. 

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Tyrone Pynor

Certificate II in Business Services 

Banking Officer: Tyrone Pynor

Tyrone Pynor sees his school-based traineeship in completing a Business Services – Business Certificate II with the National Australia Bank as “an opportunity to gain the skills to make real decisions about my choice of career path.”

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Francine Ikirezi

Diploma of Business Administration

Aged Care Administrator:Francine Ikirezi

Employed at an aged care facility, Francine  wanted to explore the possibilities of joining their administration team, and started travelling 300 kms from Goulburn to Bankstown each week to complete her Diploma in Business Administration. 

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Hanna Darmody

Certificate III in Agriculture, Certificate IV and Diploma of Marketing

Marketing Manager: Hanna Darmody

A family affair

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Northern Territory

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Bradley Malby

Certificate III in Business Administration

Human resources support officer: Bradley Malby

Best decision of his life

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Aimee Williams

Certificate III and IV in Fitness, Certificate IV in Massage Therapy and Practice and Certificate IV in Procurement and Contracting

Fit Public Servant: Aimee Williams

Fit for purpose

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Philadelphia Hughes

Certificate IV in Frontline Management

The Frontline Manager: Philadelphia Hughes

Philadelphia Hughes is someone who will never allow a small thing like not finishing high school to curb the big dreams she has for her future.

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Neda Aleksic

Certificate III in Business, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Office Administrator: Neda Aleksic

Young mother Neda Aleksic completed her traineeship with BCA National studying a Certificate III in Business in November 2015. She now works full time in office administration with BCA National. 

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Carine Kapiamba

Diploma of Business Administration

Living the dream

When Carine Kapiamba arrived in Australia as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo she had no English and few prospects. But she did have a dream—for a better future for herself and her four children—and with typical determination and fortitude, she set about making that dream come true.

View my profile on the Australian Training Awards website.

Queensland

Adam Hungerford

Certificate I in Information Digital Media Technology, Certificate II in Workplace Practices

Passion for learning: Adam Hungerford

Adam Hungerford chose a school-based traineeship to gain the essential skills he needed for this future career aspirations in community youth work or humanitarian services.

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Ashleigh Taylor

Ashleigh Taylor

Certificate III in Business Administration and Certificate IV in Human Resources

Human resources administrator: Ashleigh Taylor

After withdrawing from her tertiary studies two years into an international relations degree, Ashleigh Taylor has competed a Certificate III in Business Administration and a Certificate IV in Human Resources and is now responsible for recuitment at Greyhound Australia.

View my profile on the Australian Apprenticeships website.

Ariel Muntelwit

Ariel Muntelwit

Certificate III in Business Administration

Client Services and Administration Officer: Ariel Muntelwit

Ariel Muntelwit, winner of Queensland’s Trainee of the Year Award and finalist in the 2015 Australian Training Awards, almost threw it all in at the start of her traineeship.

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Ben Nedwich

Certificate III in Business Administration.

Council Administration Officer: Ben Nedwich

Through completing this traineeship with Bundaberg Regional Council, Ben Nedwich has reinforced his existing knowledge with an accredited qualification that will enhance his career prospects.

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South Australia

Rachel Jackson

Certificate III in Business, Certificate III in Government

Administrative support: Rachel Jackson

Rachel Jackson, a young Indigenous woman, was placed under the Minister’s guardianship when she was 12 years of age. 

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Jessica Perry

Jessica Perry

Certificate III in Business

Client engagement and communications officer: Jessica Perry

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.

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Alicea Sherin

Alicea Sherin

Certificate III in Business

Team Leader Customer Service: Alicea Sherin

In a few short years Alicea Sherin has gone from someone who knew nothing about traineeships to someone who is a passionate ambassador for them.

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Tasmania

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Nicole Pace

Certificate IV in Business and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Site and Adminstration Officer: Nicole Pace

Change of pace

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Victoria

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Bethany Simpson

Certificate III in Business Administration

Junior Apprenticeship/Traineeship Consultant: Bethany Simpson

Chance encounter leads to blossoming career

 

 

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Heikma Siraj

Certificate III in Business Administration

Business Administration: Heikma Siraj

“I want to always learn and continue to improve.”

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Heikma Siraj

Certificate III in Business Administration

Business Administration: Heikma Siraj

“I want to always learn and continue to improve.”

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Western Australia

Nicola Howe

Nicola Howe

Certificate IV in Financial Services (Accounting)

Accountant: Nicola Howe

Perth-based Nicola Howe was 27 when she took the first step towards achieving her goal to become a certified practicing accountant by seeking an Australian Apprenticeship with her employer, PoolWerx and the Central Institute of Technology.

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Environment and Animal Care

Australian Capital Territory

Madeline Wallace

Certificate II in Animal Studies

Veterinary Hospital Assistant: Madeline Wallace

Madeline completed a Certificate II in Animal Studies through an Australian School-based Apprenticeship (ASbA) while working at her local veterinary hospital. Madeline now has the opportunity to transition into a second ASbA with the same employer, commencing a Certificate III in Business.

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South Australia

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Timothy Spurling

Certificate III in Horticulture

Horticulturist: Timothy Spurling

From an early age, Timothy Spurling has been fascinated by the environment.

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Tasmania

Jarrod Edwards

Certificate III and IV in Conservation and Land Management

Land Management Supervisor: Jarrod Edwards

Jarrod Edwards has been employed in land management since the age of 21 and working on country is one of his greatest passions.

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Victoria

Jessica Pendlebury

Jessica Pendlebury

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Veterinary nurse: Jessica Pendlebury

A love of animals and a determination to achieve her career goal sooner through an Australian School-based Apprenticeship saw Jessica become the first student at her TAFE to complete a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing as an Australian School-based Apprentice.

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Jennifer Peart

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Veterinary Nurse: Jennifer Peart

Jennifer Peart was struggling to work out how to balance caring for her child with work and study. A lifetime love of animals and the hope of pursuing a career she loved led her to undertake a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at The Gordon Institute of TAFE.

View my profile on the Australian Training Awards website.

Western Australia

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Emma Hay

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Veterinary Nurse: Emma Hay

While in Year 11, Emma Hay chose to pursue a vocational pathway and quickly completed certificates in both business and animal studies.

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Retail, Hospitality, Tourism, Beauty and Hairdressing

Australian Capital Territory

Maddison McDonald

Maddison McDonald

Certificate III in Hospitality

Kitchen assistant: Maddison McDonald

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.

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Jessica Baczynski

Jessica Baczynski

Certificate III Hairdressing

Hairdresser: Jessica Baczynski

Jessica dreamed of a career in creative fashion and was thrilled to secure an Australian Apprenticeship at the respected Cataldo’s Salon in Canberra.

View my profile on the Australian Apprenticeships website.

Matt Morrisey

Matt Morrissey

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

Chef: Matt Morrissey

After a career that included management roles with both the public service and private sector, Matt entered the hospitality industry at a later stage than most.

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Sara Burke

Sara Burke

Certificate III in Hairdressing

Hairdresser: Sara Burke

Sara Burke’s effervescent spirit and urbane chic style leaves you with little doubt that she will achieve her goal of becoming a successful creative artist in the fashion and beauty industry.

 

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New South Wales

David Failla

David Failla

Certificate IV in Retail Management

Restaurant Manager: David Failla

At age 15, David Failla joined KFC as a team member in customer service. By age 24 he had completed an Australian Apprenticeship in retail management and was the General Manager of KFC Villawood, being responsible for the work of more than 20 team members in the store.

 

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Bethany Spoor

Bethany Spoor

Certificate III in Retail Operations and Certificate III in Fitness

Retail Manager / Entrepreneur: Bethany Spoor

Bethany Spoor didn’t hesitate when, in 2014, she was offered the chance to do a traineeship with her employer, McDonalds Lismore, and she has nothing but praise for what it’s done for her.

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Jeanette Allen

An apprenticeship is just the beginning: Jeanette Allen

Jeanette was 15 when she decided she wanted to be a hairdresser. Little did she know then just how far her Australian Apprenticeship would take her. “My apprenticeship really was the foundation I needed to kick-start my career, and as the years progressed, I found I was able to build upon that qualification through further education and experience to extend myself and my career opportunities,"

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Savannah De Oliveira

Savannah De Oliveira

Certificate III in Hairdressing

Hairdresser: Savannah De Oliveira

Since she was seven years old, Savannah de Oliveira has had a passion for hairdressing and, as soon as she was old enough, she started working at Whispa Salon Spa. The following year, Savannah was able to commence an Australian School-based Apprenticeship at the salon.

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Queensland

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Stephanie Raux

Certificate III in Hairdressing

Hairdresser: Stephanie Raux

On the right track and never looking back

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Sharan Berry

Sharan Berry

Senior Hairdresser: Sharan Berry

Collaborating with industry, Sharan delivers customised courses for students and offers flexible assessments in the workplace, or on campus, in line with industry expectations and standards.

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South Australia

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Rachelle Boyle

Advanced Diploma of Event Management

​Event Planning Coordinator: Rachelle Boyle

​Every day's a new day!

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Leuwin Andrew

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

Apprentice Chef: Leuwin Andrew

Since he was a child, Leuwin Andrew’s life has revolved around hospitality. Inspired by his mother’s passion for cooking and food, he had already acquired a wide range of skills helping in her business before pursuing a career in hospitality. 

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Zoe Dick

Zoe Dick

Certificate III and IV in Beauty Services

Beauty therapist: Zoe Dick

Zoe Dick was always interested in techniques that rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit. It made sense that a career in beauty therapy was going to be her chosen vocation.

 

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Josiah Clayton

Certificate IV in Retail Management

Retail Manager: Josiah Clayton

Josiah's initial experience of the retail industry was in an after-school job. Inspired by his first manager to make retail his career, he pursued ways to develop his skills and readily accepted his employer’s offer to undertake training.

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Tasmania

Ben Standen

Benjamin Standen

Certificate III in Hospitality (Commercial Cooking)

Chef: Benjamin Standen

Unexpectedly becoming a father at 16 was the surprise catalyst that propelled Tasmanian Benjamin Standen to discover his passion for cooking.

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Thomas Courto

Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation, Advanced Diploma of Tourism and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Parks and Wildlife Service: Thomas Courto

Not many people can claim some of the most spectacular scenery in Australia as their office.

View my profile on the Australian Training Awards website.

Samantha Masih

Samantha Masih

Certificate II and III in Hospitality, Certificate II and III in Tourism, Certificate II in Business

Food and beverage attendant: Samantha Masih

When Sammy applied for a job at Annie’s Place Bistro in Wynyard, the owner suggested that she could also do a VET qualification through an Australian School-based Apprenticeship (ASbA). “Because of the flexibility of ASbAs I was able to do school full-time and work in the evenings,” Sammy says

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Victoria

Colin Wilson

Colin Wilson

Certificate III in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery)

Chef: Colin Wilson

A qualified fitter and turner, Colin Wilson worked in various jobs and industries for twenty years before deciding to pursue his passion for food and cooking.

 

 

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David Cooper

Certificate III in Tourism

Tourism and hospitality: David Cooper

Now an award winning employee at Crown Resorts, at the age of 21 David Cooper had completed a Certificate II in Hospitality in Queensland and was managing a nightclub in Colac.

View my profile on the Australian Training Awards website.

Western Australia

Liam Brien

Certificate III in Retail Operations

School Student and Retail Team Coach: Liam Brien

Year 11 student Liam is completing a school-based traineeship in retail operations at KFC in Perth. 

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Geoffrey Franklin

Geoffrey Franklin

Certificate III Hospitality (Commercial Cookery)

Chef: Geoffrey Franklin

Geoffrey Franklin’s journey to a professional chef at Crown Perth started with the purchase of a run-down fish and chip shop in 2010. "As a mature-aged student in my 50s, the ability to learn new skills while still earning a wage was a key benefit," he said.

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Louise Brookes

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

Chef: Louise Brookes

After working as a paediatric nurse for 15 years Louise embarked on a new training pathway and commenced her Certificate III in Commercial Cookery.

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Montana Ahwon

Montana Ahwon

Certificate II in Hospitality

Hospitality Guest Services Assistant: Montana Ahwon

Montana Ahwon is a Miriwoong Gajeroong woman from Kununurra in Western Australia's East Kimberley.

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Health and Community Services

Australian Capital Territory

Eylish Perry

Eylish Perry

Certificate III in Disability

Disability Support Officer: Eylish Perry

When a young family member was diagnosed with autism, Eylish  developed an interest in learning more about children with disabilities. "I decided to undertake an Australian School Based Apprenticeship because it was the quickest avenue for me to study and work with children with disability," Eylish said.

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Celine Reid

Celine Reid

Certificate III in Information Technology

Teacher: Celine Reid

Celine Reid felt the pressure at the end of Year 10 to decide on which subjects would prepare her for university. Unsure of what she wanted to do, Celine decided to pursue information technology which had been her favourite subject at school.

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Megan Cox

Megan Cox

Certificate III in Community Services Aged Care Work

Personal Carer: Megan Cox

A naturally compassionate teenager, Megan Cox was only 16 when she undertook an Australian School-based Apprenticeship in aged care. After two years of mixing her college studies with her on-the-job training as a personal carer, she found the health care services industry was perfect for her.

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New South Wales

Jessica Taggart

Jessica Taggart

Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

Health care assistant: Jessica Taggart

When her younger sister was born with complex congenital heart disease, Jessica became a frequent visitor to medical clinics and hospitals. From a very young age, she knew the positive difference nurses and doctors were making in the community.

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Tahnee Jamieson

Diploma of Early Childhood, Certificate IV in Frontline Management and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Early Childhood Supervisor: Tahnee Jamieson

Seizing the moment

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Alex Jones

Alex Jones

Certificate III in Community Services-Aged Care Work

Aged care worker: Alex Jones

Alex Jones was 16 when she decided it was a great idea to enter the community services and health care profession earlier than most by balancing her Year 11 and 12 studies with on-the-job training in the aged care field.

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Leteah Mitchell

Certificate IV in Community Services Work

Social Worker: Leteah Mitchell

Leteah has embraced her studies in community services and brought to life her passion to help people in the community, particularly those who are disadvantaged.

View my profile on the Australian Training Awards website.

Northern Territory

Louise Maxwell

Louise Galey

Certificate IV in Population Health

Project coordinator: Louise Galey

Louise Galey's interest in health promotion was sparked when she witnessed her stepfather’s struggle to give up smoking. She was living in Tasmania when she noticed an online job advertisement for a Northern Territory Government traineeship in population health.

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Jane Alia

Jane Alia

Certificate III in Dental Assisting, Certificate III in Aged Care, Certificate IV in Disability

Dental Assistant: Jane Alia

At age 17, with a keen desire to understand more about health care services Jane undertook an Australian School-based Apprenticeship and is now a fully-qualified dental assistant.

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Dawn Ivinson

Graduate Certificate in Community Services Practice (Client Assessment and Case Management)

As a senior Aboriginal worker for the Department of Children and Families, Dawn Ivinson has spent the last nine years working with vulnerable children and families. Leading a team of four Aboriginal community workers, she is committed to strengthening families, community and culture and promoting safety.

View my profile on the Australian Training Awards website.

Dimiti Andresen

Certificate III in Dental Assisting

Dental Assistant: Dimiti Andresen

Year 12 student Dimiti Andresen is a school-based apprentice at Centralian Senior College in Alice Springs. She started studying for a Certificate Ill in Dental Assisting in April 2015 and has a full-time role with the NT Government’s Oral Health Services branch. 

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Ashlee Coleman

Certificate III and Certificate IV in Community Services

Indigenous Community Officer: Ashlee Coleman

Graduating in May 2016, Ashlee chose community services for her interest in working with disadvantaged groups such as youth and women at risk, cultural minorities and Indigenous people.

View my profile on the Australian Training Awards website.

Queensland

Toniele Williams

Toniele Williams

Certificate IV in Youth Work

Youth worker: Toniele Williams

Toniele Williams is not the kind of person to sit back and watch when she sees a person in need. Recognising that young people in her community did not have access to a youth space or other facilities, Toniele helped to obtain government funding to establish the Salvation Army Lake Youth Service.

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Daniel O'Brien

Daniel O’Brien

Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

Health Services Assistant: Daniel O'Brien

Daniel enjoys the diversity of his role as a trainee at the Caboolture Hospital. "Australian Apprenticeships will leave you highly employable, with a diverse and rich set of skills. I now have so many helpful clinical and non-clinical skills that not many people my age have."

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Sharnie Sue Yek

Sharnie Sue Yek

Diploma in Children’s Services

Food supervisor and childcare educator: Sharnie Sue Yek

The simple goal of securing permanent employment within her desired industry was made possible for Sharnie Sue Yek by completing an Australian Apprenticeship.

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Naomi Freese

Qualification: Certificate III in Aged Care

Assistant in Nursing: Naomi Freese

Thanks to her school-based apprenticeship Naomi is now on the road to her dream career

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South Australia

Madeline Ziegler

Certificate II in Retail, Certificate III in Aged Care and Certificate III in Disability

Health Care Worker: Madeline Ziegler

Finding a vocation in nursing

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Lisa Cmrlec

Lisa Cmrlec

Certificate III in Disability and Certificate III in Aged Care

Special education teacher: Lisa Cmrlec

At only 16 years old, Lisa completed her first vocational qualification in a record six months while still in Year 11. After undertaking work experience  at a school for children with disability, Lisa found the experience so rewarding that she decided to enrol in a Certificate III in Disability in 2012.

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Max Lorenzin

Bachelor of Education, Graduate Diploma in Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice, Diploma in VET, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Teacher/Trainer: Max Lorenzin

At the heart of Max Lorenzin’s role as a VET teacher/trainer is a desire to build and maintain effective partnerships with his students.

View my profile on the Australian Training Awards website.

Tasmania

Sharnie-Lee Clark

Certificate III in Education Support

Teacher assistant: Sharnie-Lee Clark

Sharnie-Lee Clark has successfully completed qualifications in community services and horticulture. 

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Chris Medcraft

Certificate IV in Mental Health, Cerficate III and IV in Community Service, Diploma of Mental Health and Certificate IV in Frontline Management

The Mental Health Worker: Chris Medcraft

A life transformed

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Jessica Benge

Jessica Benge

Certificate III in Disability

Child disability carer: Jessica Benge

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.

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Carla Willcox

Certificate III in Disability

Disabled Care and Support: Carla Willcox

At first Carla Willcox was hesitant to return to study because of time, and other constraints, however once she started the course, she thrived.

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Victoria

Indi Clarke

Certificate IV in Business

Indigenous Community and Youth Worker: Indi Clarke

Indi Clarke is a proud Aboriginal man from the Muthi Muthi and Lardil people. His passion for working with the community and ensuring the best outcomes for its youth led him to apply for a role with the Mallee District Aboriginal Services (MDAS).

View my profile on the Australian Training Awards website.

Rory Smeaton

Diploma of Youth Work

Indigenous Recruitment Advisor – Indigenous Programs

Rory Smeaton was recognised as the 2010 Australian Training Awards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year for his outstanding achievements in his community services studies and says it was one of the most significant moments of his life.

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Ellen Cameron

Ellen Cameron-Irving

Certificate III in Children’s Services

Early-childhood educator: Ellen Cameron-Irving

Ellen CameronIrving has always had a natural affinity for the care and wellbeing of children. With this career path in mind, Ellen undertook an Australian School-based Apprenticeship at age 17, completing a Certificate III in Children’s Services.

 

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Caitlin Maher

Caitlin Maher

Certificate III in Aged Care

Nurse: Caitlin Maher

Caitlin's VET pathway accelerates career

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Western Australia

Katherine Haag

Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling), Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Student Assist Offer: Katherine Haag

It is not a typical scenario for a Year 11 “drop out” to become a “compulsive student” later in life but Katherine Haag is not your typical student.

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Abbey Sergeant

Abbey Sergeant

Certificate III and IV in Community Services

Youth development officer: Abbey Sergeant

Choosing an exciting future career does not have to mean leaving your home and community behind.

 

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Arts, Recreational, Sports and Cultural Services

Australian Capital Territory

Kerrie Brewer

Certificate IV in Photo Imaging

Photographer: Kerrie Brewer

Kerrie Brewer’s VET journey started with an interest in photography as a way of documenting life and capturing images that evoke memories.

View my profile on the Australian Training Awards website.

New South Wales

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Taryn Kearney

Certificate III in Signage

Sign Writer: Taryn Kearney

The signs of success

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Sebastian Barkoczy

Certificate IV in Design Fundamentals and Advanced Diploma of Live Production, Theatre and Events

Film/TV Costume/Prop Designer: Sebastian Barkoczy

Grand designer

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Queensland

Nicholas Muir

Certificate III in Sports and Recreation

Sports Mentor: Nicholas Muir

With a wealth of sporting achievements in rugby league and swimming to his name, Nick Muir decided to undertake a school-based traineeship in sport and recreation. 

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South Australia

Stephen Dawson

Certificate III in Fitness

Personal Trainer: Stephen Dawson

Stephen Dawson credits the VET department at Sacred Heart College with enabling him to follow his passion and confirm his choice to pursue a career in the sport/fitness industry.

View my profile on the Australian Training Awards website.

Victoria

Mitchell Croke

Mitchell Croke

Certificate III in Signage

Sign-writer: Mitchell Croke

At the completion of secondary school, Mitchell had two options – start an Australian Apprenticeship in signage or accept a university placement in sports journalism.

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Western Australia

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Chris Williamson

Certificate III and IV in Printing and Graphic Arts

Graphic Designer: Chris Williamson

On the up and up

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Construction and Property

Australian Capital Territory

Matthew Cuthbert

Matthew Cuthbert

Certificate III in Carpentry

Building and projects manager: Matthew Cuthbert

Matthew Cuthbert enjoys the satisfaction of completing practical tasks, so when it came to looking for a future career, it was a logical choice to complete an Australian Apprenticeship as a carpenter.

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Shane Dealy

Certificate III in Carpentry

Carpenter: Shane Dealy

Shane Dealy first experienced the construction industry through his father’s business, Algoa Holdings, and gained an early insight into the industry’s versatile mix of creative and practical thinking. He studied engineering at university but after 18 months was not convinced this was his career path.

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New South Wales

Troy Everett

Troy Everett

Certificate III in Bricklaying

Bricklayer: Troy Everett

Troy has provided world-leading technical advice in Europe, North America, South America and Asia. He recently spearheaded a team that travelled to Bangladesh and constructed an innovative solution to provide clean drinking water for a remote community.

View my profile on the Australian Apprenticeships website.

Ross Ingham

Ross Ingham

Certificate III and Certificate IV in Plumbing

Plumber: Ross Ingham

Ross Ingham decided to start an Australian Apprenticeship in plumbing at 26 after many years working in the hospitality industry. He is now a qualified plumber enjoying a successful career where he owns Flow Plumbing and Gasfitting in Queanbeyan, NSW – and has just hired his first Australian School-based Apprentice.

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Will Peters

Will Peters

Certificate III in Carpentry, Certificate IV in Building and Construction, Bachelor of Construction Management

Carpenter: Will Peters

Will is a fully-qualified builder enjoying a successful career with one of Australia’s largest privately-owned construction companies.

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Queensland

Alan Waldron

Alan Waldron

A full circle career: Alan Waldron

Alan Waldron is the National Training Manager of Hutchinson Builders, one of the largest commercial building companies in Australia.

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Ashley Brown

Certificate III in Carpentry

Carpenter: Ashley Brown

Ashley's career pathway is expressed in his own words when he says, "while carpentry is not my first qualification, it is definitely the vocation that made me passionate about the construction industry.

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Tasmania

Drew Charlton

Certificate III in Carpentry

Young Carpenter: Drew Charlton

From a very young age Drew Charlton has been interested in carpentry. Drew studied woodwork and was given an opportunity to complete a Certificate I VET qualification while still in school. 

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Joshua Dales

Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

Lift Technician: Joshua Dales

Support from two tradesmen gave Joshua the lift he needed

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Richard Wilkinson

Richard Wilkinson

Certificate III in Carpentry

Carpenter: Richard Wilkinson

At age 27 with a desire to move away from a full time desk job, Richard decided to learn the practical skills behind what he was drawing and take up an Australian Apprenticeship in carpentry.

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Victoria

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Steven Jeffery

Certificate III in Carpentry and Certificate IV in Building and Construction

Carpenter: Steven Jeffery

Like father, like son

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Aziz Raonaq

Aziz Raonaq

Diploma of Management

General Manager: Aziz Raonaq

Aziz Raonaq arrived in Australia more than two decades ago and could not speak English. Fast-forward to today and he is the general manager of a residential property agency in Melbourne’s central business district.

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Clayton Harrington

Clayton Harrington

Certificate IV in Building and Construction

Carpenter and Business Owner: Clayton Harrington

Clayton Harrington is the proud owner of four successful businesses, a career achievement he credits to his Australian Apprenticeship. "I completed my carpentry apprenticeship through a Group Training Organisation and it allowed me to work for a number of host employers and broaden my skills base in all aspects of the commercial and domestic construction sectors," Clayton said.

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Alex Innes

Alex Innes

Certificate III and Certificate IV in Building and Construction

Carpenter: Alex Innes

Turning a passion into a career

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Western Australia

Genaro Auriemma

Diploma of Building and Construction

Builder: Genaro Auriemma

Envy is usually seen as more a vice than a virtue, but for Genaro Auriemma, it worked as a positive agent for change.

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Warwick Johnstone

Warwick Johnstone

Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery, Certificate IV in Building and Construction

Estimator: Warwick Johnstone

Warwick Johnstone was 17 when he enrolled in an Australian School-based Apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery. Now aged 27, Warwick said he is enjoying his career in the building industry and is undertaking a Bachelor of Construction Management.

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Nick Johnston

Certificate III in Cabinet Making  and Furniture Making

Cabinet Maker: Nick Johnston

Learning something new every day and loving it

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Information and Telecommunications

Australian Capital Territory

Thomas Whyte

Thomas Whyte

Certificate II and III in Telecommunications.

Telecommunications technician: Thomas Whyte

Thomas Whyte’s Australian Apprenticeship allowed him to secure employment in the fast-paced telecommunications industry.

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New South Wales

Daniel Kelty

Certificate IV in Telecommunications Network Engineering 

Telecommunications Network Engineer - Daniel Kelty

Daniel Kelty courageously changed the direction of his life after reaching the finals of TV’s MasterChef. He started a traineeship with Telstra, and within two years successfully obtained Certificates III and IV in Telecommunications - Network Engineering.

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Jarrad Langdon

Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Graphic Pre-press)

Web Developer: Jarrad Langdon

“Nothing can beat the passion for when you love the job you work with on a daily basis”

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Victoria

James Schifferle

Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology

Information Technology: James Schifferle

James, a Year 12 student at Swan Hill College with an interest in computers and electronics, was excited to find his school could offer a VET course specific to his interests and to earn him credits towards his VCE. 

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Saadat Iqbal

Saadat Iqbal

Certificate III in Telecommunications

Network designer: Saadat Iqbal

In searching for a better life for his partner and children, he crossed continents and embraced a new start in Australia. A qualified telecommunications professional in his own country, the new Melbourne-resident researched different ways to transfer his skills to Australia.

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Public Infrastructure

New South Wales

Mark Hardy

Mark Hardy

Certificate III in Electrotechnology (Electrician)

Electrician: Mark Hardy

After working as an electronics technician for more than 10 years, Mark Hardy decided to take his career into a slightly different direction. “The best part of my Australian Apprenticeship was the support from all the people in the VET sector,” Mark said. “If you find something you love, there is probably a traineeship or apprenticeship in that field.

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Shannon Szmynec

Certificate III Electrotechnology (Systems Electrician)

Systems electrician: Shannon Szmynec

Shannon Szmynec understands that many students won’t know what career they want by the end of secondary school.

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Joshua Toomey

Joshua Toomey

Certificate III in Electricity Supply Industry - Distribution (Power Line)

Electrical Linesworker: Joshua Toomey

Joshua Toomey joined Ausgrid in 2006 through their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pre-Apprenticeship Program.With focus and commitment he gained a highly-sought after Australian Apprenticeship with the company.

 

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Northern Territory

Ella Cavallaro

Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

Lady Electrician: Ella Cavallaro

Ella Cavallaro was the first female linesperson apprentice in the Territory, and in October 2015 graduated with her second apprenticeship—as an electrician with the Power and Water Corporation.

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Queensland

Jessica Meek

Jessica Meek

Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Systems Electrician

Electrician: Jessica Meek

Jessica Meek has always wanted a career that would provide a challenge. Becoming an electrician wasn't part of her original plan, but after winning an electrical scholarship in Cairns, she decided to take advantage of the opportunity.

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South Australia

Jessica Wooley

Jessica Wooley

Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

Electrician: Jessica Wooley

Jess’ work involves big, high voltage, industrial equipment, where she turns the power off and then goes to work on that equipment. “I started as a shy seventeen year old from Kangaroo Island who didn’t know much. I came out the other end as young adult who knew twice as much than if I hadn't done an Australian Apprenticeship.”

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Alex Nikielski

Alex Nikielski

Certificate III in Electrotechnology (Electrician)

Electrician: Alex Nikielski

South Australian Alex Nikielski is working towards becoming a fully-qualified electrician, having started his studies with an Australian School-based Apprenticeship in electrotechnology.

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Jadon Tree

Jadon Tree

Certificate III in Electrotechnology

Indigenous Electrician: Jadon Tree

Jadon hopes his success as an Australian School-based Apprentice will inspire other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to pursue their dreams.

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Tasmania

Samuel Downes

Samuel Downes

Certificate III in Electrotechnology

Electrician: Samuel Downes

Tasmanian electrician Samuel Downes has this advice for secondary school students. “Don’t think of an Australian Apprenticeship as a second option to university – the industry needs creative tradespeople to respond to diverse market demands.”

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Victoria

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Rochelle Sanders

Certificate III in Electrotechnology (Systems Electrician)

Systems electrician: Rochelle Sanders

Chance encounter leads to career

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Elliott Grayling

Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

Electrician: Elliott Grayling

Elliott Grayling credits his father’s dedication to work as an electrician being the reason he chose to undertake an Australian School-based Apprenticeship in  electrotechnology.

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Luke Scott

Certificate III Electrotechnology Electrician and Certificate IV in Instrumentation

Electrical & Instrumentation: Luke Scott

Father knows best

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Western Australia

Thalia Wilkinson

Thalia Wilkinson

Certificate III in Electrotechnology

Electrician: Thalia Wilkinson

While choosing her Year 11 and 12 subjects, one particular subject led Thalia to an Australian Apprenticeship and countless career options. That helped her discover Australian School-based Apprenticeships and their advantages of training and paid work that could be done alongside her other school studies.

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Emma McDonald

Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

Electrician: Emma McDonald

Determined to succeed in a job she loves

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Jared Stone

Jared Stone

Certificate III in Electro Technology - Electrician

Electrician: Jared Stone

Jared has experienced the varied directions in VET that can unfold once you step on its career path.

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Transport, Logistics and Warehousing

New South Wales

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Scott Shearan

Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology

Automotive Electrician: Scott Shearan

A desire to get going in life has Scott going places as an automotive electrician

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Brenden Williamson

Brenden Williamson

Certificate III in Motorcycle Mechanical Technology

Motorcycle Mechanic: Brenden Williamson

Some interested eyes looked in Brenden Williamson’s direction when he won a competition in the Yamaha Student Grand Prix, an industry program created to help address the shortage of experienced marine and motorcycle technicians.

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Courtney Harrison

Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology (Light Vehicle) 

Lady Mechanic: Courtney Harrison

Courtney has flourished in a traditionally male-dominated workplace. “I had to meet a lot of challenges in pursuing my career, but with the right attitude, work ethic, patience and support, I am so close to achieving one of my major goals.”

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Blair Watters

Certificate III in Automotive Vehicle Painting

Vehicle Painter: Blair Watters

From an interest to an award winning passion

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Queensland

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Gemma Hartwig

Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade (Maintenance Diesel Fitter)

Maintenance Diesel Fitter: Gemma Hartwig

No spanner in the works for Gemma

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Sharine Milne

Sharine Milne

Diploma of Management

Motorcycle mechanic: Sharine Milne

Sharnie Milne made a decision that would inevitably change her life when she walked into her local TAFE and enquired about what was available. A self- confessed ‘rev head’, it was the motorcycle trade that made its calling to Sharine.

 

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South Australia

Jack Kay

Jack Kay

Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Engine Technology

Diesel Mechanic: Jack Kay

South Australian Jack knew that he loved the outdoors lifestyle so decided that he would pursue a trade.

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Victoria

Joel Schwarz

Joel Schwarz

Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology: Automotive Mechanical Agriculture

Diesel mechanic: Joel Schwarz

Joel Schwarz has always been fascinated with agricultural machinery. Growing up on a vineyard, the 19-year-old witnessed mechanics working on the equipment and started to envision his future career in the industry.

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Sevag Parseghian

Sevag Parseghian

Diploma of Automotive Mechanical Technology

Workshop controller: Sevag Parseghian

Sevag Parseghian is a Workshop Controller at Mercedes Benz of Melbourne, fulfilling a career dream he’s held from childhood. “I recall as a kid always being fascinated with motor vehicles and motor sports. Anything that had an engine and went fast,” Sevag said.

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Western Australia

Benjamin King

Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology

Automotive mechanic: Benjamin King

Benjamin King has always been interested in diagnosing and correcting problems with vehicles, so a future in automotive mechanics made perfect sense.

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Blake Sayer

Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Integrated Rating)

Maritime Integrated Rater (IR): Blake Sayer

Before starting his traineeship, Blake Sayer was working in the construction industry as a plumber and gasfitter on a fly-in fly-out roster. It wasn’t the career he had envisioned and he turned his attention to the maritime industry.

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Agriculture and Food Processing

New South Wales

Morgan Clementson

Morgan Clementson

Certificate III in Retail Baking (Cake and Pastry), Certificate III in Retail Baking (Bread)

International Démonstrateur/Technical Advisor: Morgan Clementson

The journey to an Australian Apprenticeship was not straight-forward for mature-aged student Morgan. “Starting my apprenticeship gave me discipline, actually going to TAFE on time, also wearing uniform and getting homework again in my mid-twenties! It gave me an understanding that if I really wanted to succeed I had to focus.” Morgan says.

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Mary George

Certificate III in Patisserie

Pastry Chef: Mary George

For Australian Apprenticeship Ambassador Mary George, her determination to become a pastry chef began at the early age of thirteen where she started her own cupcake baking business.

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Adele Di Bella

Adele Di Bella

Certificate III in Retail Baking (Combined)

Pâtisserie & Confectionery Chef: Adele Di Bella

Working with Adriano Zumbo is a sweet gig

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Queensland

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Brendon Woodward

Certificate III in Retail Baking (Bread)

Baker: Brendon Woodward

The unplanned perfect career

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South Australia

Alistair Keller

Alistair Keller

Certificate III in Agriculture

Farmer: Alistair Keller

The sixth generation of his family to undertake a career on the land, now 20-year-old South Australian Alistair Keller suspects there is a farming gene or two in his DNA.

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Tasmania

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Dustin Cross

Certificate IV in Agriculture and Advance Diploma of Agribusiness Management

Farmer and Shearer: Dustin Cross

Shearing the golden fleece

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David Gardiner

Certificate III in Agriculture

Farmer: David Gardiner

On completing year 10 David Gardiner decided to pursue a career in farming and his parents took him on as a trainee at their farm. 

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Victoria

Christopher Henbery

Christopher Henbery

Certificate III in Horticulture (Retail Nursery)

Horticulturalist/Greenlife Buyer: Christopher Henbery

Christopher (Chris) Henbery left his career as a banker behind when he and his young family left England in 2011. He wanted to start life in his new country in a new career doing something he loved. That love was plants, so he applied for a horticulture apprenticeship with Gardenworld Nursery in Braeside, Melbourne.

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Western Australia

Ailin Gay

Ailin Gay

Certificate III in Food Processing (Baking and Pastry Cooking)

Chef: Ailin Gay

Following up bachelor degrees in commerce and marketing with an Australian Apprenticeship in artisan baking might not seem like the typical career progression.

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Engineering, Manufacturing, Mining and Forestry

New South Wales

Joshua Lodge

Joshua Lodge

Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques, Diploma of Chemistry

Chemical Engineer: Joshua Lodge

Joshua Lodge’s plans to study chemical engineering at university were deferred when he decided to gain some practical understanding first. Enrolling in a Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques at TAFE NSW’s Hunter Institute, Joshua secured a traineeship with Origin Energy.

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Amber Zinke

Amber Zinke

Certificate III in Engineering (Mechanical)

Fitter machinist: Amber Zinke

Amber Zinke spent seven years in awe of the mechanical work that Australian Apprentices and qualified fitters were doing at her workplace.

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Northern Territory

Luke Flemming

Luke Fleming

Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology (Heavy Vehicle Mobile Equipment)

Field service diesel fitter: Luke Fleming

A career pathway in the automotive industry was always a dream for Luke Fleming, but it was not until he was in his late 20s that he finally gave it a go.

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Queensland

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Russell Routledge

Certificate III in Engineering and Fabrication (Light)

Engineer and business owner: Russell Routledge

Leaving school to complete an Australian Apprenticeship in Engineering (Fabrication Trade) has proved to be the right choice for Russell Routledge.

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Rachel Bacon

Rachel Bacon

Certificate IV and Diploma in Aeroskills (Avionics), Diploma in Management

Aircraft maintenance engineer: Rachel Bacon

Rachel Bacon was in the third year of an engineering degree at university when she realised she wanted a more hands-on career.

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Sarah Lacey

Sarah Lacey

Certificate IV in Project Management

Electrical fitter mechanic: Sarah Lacey

Sarah Lacey did not even consider completing an Australian Apprenticeship when she was at school, admitting that back then females typically only undertook apprenticeships or traineeships in beauty therapy and hairdressing.

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South Australia

Jack Donaldson

Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade

Engineer: Jack Donaldson

Jack used his secondary education to consider his career pathway and undertake a number of work experience placements.

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Eliza Camac

Eliza Camac

Certificate III in Watch and Clock Making

Watchmaker: Eliza Camac

Eliza is fascinated with the art and science of measuring time. "The training I received gave me the skills I needed to be successful in this trade. In fact, so successful that I am now a partner in the business where I undertook my training!"

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Victoria

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Nicole Hopley

Certificate III in Engineering (Mechanical Trade)

Engineering Tradesperson: Nicole Hopley

Nicole doesn't know if it was her childhood or if it was just her personality that allowed her to follow a non-traditional career path.

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Thomas Spottswood

Thomas Spottswood

Certificate III in Engineering

Project co-ordinator: Tom Spottswood

With a passion for research and design in the engineering trade, Tom decided to start an Australian Apprenticeship in engineering (mechanical trade) in the timber industry. “My apprenticeship was a fantastic stepping stone in my career," he said.
 

 

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Melinda Lethbridge

Melinda Lethbridge

Certificate III Engineering- Mechanical Trade

Fitter and Turner: Melinder Lethbridge

Melinda Lethbridge always had a fascination for hands-on work, but felt obliged to pursue a tertiary pathway. After gaining work experience at Hargo Engineering, she decided that an Australian Apprenticeship in fitting and machining was a better option.

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Mathew Hall

Mathew Hall

Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade

Fitter and turner: Mathew Hall

For Mathew Hall, completing an Australian Apprenticeship in his home town was the perfect choice. “I worked at Stawell Engineering for more than five years – gaining experience in general engineering, maintenance, on-site work in mining and other industries around the area.

 

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Patrick Janes

Patrick Janes

Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade

Metal fabricator: Patrick Janes

The Australian Apprenticeships pathway was not immediately obvious to Patrick Janes but the decision to complete an Australian School-based Apprenticeship as a teenager was a pivotal moment for the now 24-year-old.

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Western Australia

Sandra Van Der Gaag

Sandra Van Der Gaag

Certificate III in Process Plant Operations

Process Plant Operator: Sandra Van Der Gaag

While Sandra Van Der Gaag was working as an Australian Fisheries Officer in the NT (and completing her degree in engineering) she saw first-hand the work of the oil and gas industry and decided that would be her next career move.

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Naomi Beath

Certificate III in Process Plant Operations

Gas plant operations: Naomi Beath

Naomi Beath is a Kariyarra woman of the Port Hedland area in Western Australia. Through an initial traineeship, Naomi gained qualifications in logistics and worked in a role to support the operations team at the Woodside Karratha Gas Plant. 

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Brendan Carlson

Certificate IV in Engineering (Instrumentation)

Electrical Instrument Technician: Brendan Carlson

After serving in the Australian Defence Force for six years, Brendan Carlson made the difficult decision to change careers at the age of 26. 

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Emma Stevenson

Emma Stevenson

Certificate III in Engineering (Electrical/Electronic Trade), Certificate IV in Engineering (Instrumentation), Certificate III in Process Operations

Process Operator: Emma Stevenson

Emma was the first female Australian Apprentice to be employed by BHP Billiton Nickel West's Leinster mine site, and now works for Chevron on its Wheatstone Liquefied Natural Gas project in Onslow Western Australia.

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Joshua Antunovich

Joshua Antunovich

Certificate III in Process Plant Operations

Process Plant Operator: Joshua Antunovich

With a keen interest in the oil and gas industry, Joshua Antunovich embarked on a two-year traineeship in Process Plant Operations as a mature-age student.

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