18 year-old Daniel O’Brien has had an interest in the healthcare system since spending time in hospital with a fracture in Year Seven. He was able to change that fascination into hands-on work, commencing an Australian School-based Apprenticeship (ASbA) in Year 10 and completing his Certificate III in Health Services Assistance in July 2015.
Daniel enjoys the diversity of his role as a trainee at the Caboolture Hospital. On a weekly basis, he has the opportunity to assist with patient care, transferring of patients, administrative duties and assisting with surgery preparations. Juggling school with practical and theoretical study was a challenge that Daniel took head-on and his time as an ASbA has reaffirmed his career choice.
Daniel had such a positive experience with his traineeship that he recommends Australian Apprenticeships not only as a great experience but as a viable career pathway.
“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.”
Daniel’s dedication to his work and learning earned him the 2015 Queensland School-based Apprentice of the Year, a place as finalist at the Australian Training Awards and his appointment as an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador.