4 Reasons to do a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship

Want to get ahead of the pack? Here’s why a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship is a really smart move.

  1. You are effectively in part-time employment and get to ‘earn while you learn’

A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship means that for approximate 7.5 hours a week, you are employed and at work. This is usually during the week in school hours and forms part of your school curriculum, although you may also do more hours over the school holidays or on weekends if that works for you and your employer. Even better, you get paid while undertaking your apprenticeship or traineeship, just like any other employee. What could you use that money for?

  1. You get to trial an industry or career path

If you are considering a career path, a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship allows you to experience the industry and/or role that you are interested in. This will help you make up your mind while giving you a real taste of what it is like. Say you are interested in becoming a builder, a mechanic, a chef or a hairdresser – a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship can allow you to experience the industry, get some insights from your co-workers, supervisors and other contacts, and from there you can make an informed choice.

  1. You get a head start into a career path

Before even leaving school, you are gaining work experience, making employer contacts, getting a reference to put on your resume (very important for future job hunting) and on your way to becoming qualified. What’s not to like? Even if you do decide to go to university or have a gap year after school, that work experience and reference will help you to gain future work to support yourself.  And if you do decide to continue in your apprenticeship or traineeship after leaving school (with your current or a new employer) you are employed and earning money straight away. That’s a really smart move!

  1. It can open you to future career paths

With over 500 different qualifications under a traineeship or apprenticeship, there are so many opportunities and choices! For example, you could start a school-based apprenticeship as an electrician and then decide you want to become an electrical engineer. Or you start a traineeship in business administration and further down the track move your way into human resources or accounting. Your school based apprenticeship or traineeship may inspire you to go onto university or further education in that field. Many people who begin their careers through apprenticeships  also become highly successful business owners, working for themselves and making some serious ‘mullah’. Dare to dream and the possibilities are endless!

If you are considering a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship your best move is to talk to your school career advisor or a teacher. You can also search through school-based opportunities on the Apprenticeship Central website or even approach employers directly to ask if they would consider employing you under a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship – they may even be eligible for government funding to help with your wages.

Whichever way you look at it, undertaking a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship is a smart move to make and can set you up for success – before even leaving school.

Emmanuel’s Career Pathway is Electrifying Thanks to BUSY Schools

Born and bred in Australia, yet proud of his multicultural background, Emmanuel is a Year 11 student who is now excelling in his schooling and career pathway, thanks to the assistance received from The BUSY Schools team at Salisbury.

Emmanuel sadly experienced bullying at his previous schools before coming to The BUSY Schools but has since made new friends and been well supported by his teachers and Rodney Florent, the campus’ Employment Pathways Officer.

“It was a bit weird at first calling our teachers by their first names, but it has been a much better experience and I am more focused now too,” said Emmanuel.

“I struggle studying by myself sometimes so appreciate the extra help I have received and the various opportunities that have been presented to me.”

Emmanuel recently completed one-week of work experience in the Electrical Engineering Department at Wave International where he was shown Engineering software to determine the electrical wiring and circuits of an office building. The work experience opportunity has now led to a school-based traineeship for Emmanuel. Under the traineeship, Emmanuel will work approximately one day per week for the company, with the added benefit of it forming part of his school curriculum at The BUSY Schools.

“It was a great working experience and an even better team environment. I really enjoyed doing something new and different, including my own project of creating the layout for the installation of lighting, power sockets and switches,” said Emmanuel.

Rodney said Emmanuel had trouble engaging in his schooling at first, but his confidence has skyrocketed since being in the workforce and he is walking a little bit taller.

“Wave International were struggling to get drafts people so they offered Emmanuel an opportunity to do a school-based traineeship following his work experience, where he would gain a Certificate III in Engineering. If he does well, then hopefully they will offer him a permanent position once he graduates.”

There are many industries that are desperate for qualified tradespeople and just can’t get them but if you take a chance on a school student, you get them from the ground up and are able to teach them the correct way of doing things because they often have no previous experience,” Rodney stated.

Lee Aitken, CEO for BUSY Schools, said, “The BUSY Schools encourages employers to provide students with the opportunity to experience a real working environment and learn the skills and knowledge that can only be taught in the workplace.”

It not only opens additional career pathways for the student, but most often than not, the business gains a brand-new employee who understands the work culture and can bring in new ideas. We really value the support of organisations such as Wave International who provide opportunities for our students.”

Emmanuel (middle) with Allan Aitkenhead (L) and Allan Quach (R) from Wave International.

Emmanuel enjoyed his one-week work experience at Wave International and has now started a school-based traineeship, which he hopes will lead to a fruitful career in Electrical Engineering.

 

For more information on BUSY Schools, visit https://www.busyschools.qld.edu.au/

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT:                     

Michelle Ryan, BUSY At Work

0407 169 029 or email michelle.ryan@busyatwork.com.au

 

 

 

Ninah receives support to follow her dreams!

Having struggled at her previous school and ultimately disengaging from her senior education, Ninah decided to enrol at The BUSY Schools Salisbury campus after hearing about their more personalised approach. Since commencing at The BUSY Schools, Ninah has found she is coping better with the individualised support, smaller classroom environment and feels more comfortable to talk with staff who are supporting her unique needs.

“At BUSY Schools, there is a lot more personal interaction between students and our teachers, as opposed to a teacher standing in front of the board talking at you, not to you,” said Ninah.

Over the school holidays, Ninah completed one week of work experience in the Technical Department at education provider, SAE Creative Media Institute. At the Brisbane campus, she assisted various departments including film, audio, and animation where she gained valuable insight into the many facets of the creative arts.

“Having never worked before, it was really cool being able to go out to a workplace for an entire week and explore different types of equipment,” said Ninah.

“The staff there were super friendly as well which was really comforting, especially with those first day jitters.”

With a deep passion for music, Ninah would like to work in the music industry as a sound engineer and found the work experience at SAE a perfect fit as she was able to get hands on with the broad range of industry grade equipment at SAE’s state of the art facilities.

Employment Pathways Officer at BUSY Schools Salisbury, Rodney Florent, said that to assist Ninah, they will continue to research the various employment pathways into the creative arts and media industries.

“We are looking at hopefully getting Ninah to join Queensland Music Festivals on their tour throughout Central Queensland, but if not, then we will seek other opportunities within similar industries,” said Rodney.

“It is really great to get teens into work experience while they are still at school because it gives them the chance to learn what it means to work. With the added opportunity of a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, they get the added bonus of progressing their senior studies, gaining a qualification and gaining valuable work skills which can open up even more career opportunities for them.”

Dr Luke McMillan, General Manager for SAE said, “It was a pleasure to work with BUSY Schools, as we share a common set of values. SAE and BUSY schools understand the importance of diversifying our workforce, and giving a wide range of students access to higher education  – helping them succeed personally and professionally. SAE was delighted to support Ninah on her journey and we wish her all the best in her future endeavours”.

Lee Aitken, CEO for The BUSY Schools, said, “The BUSY Schools reengage students in their senior schooling whist preparing them for employment when they graduate. Through work experience, vocational training and the opportunities to undertake school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, students get real world experience and a head start in their careers”.

Ninah enjoyed her one-week work experience at SAE Institute and is now exploring a career pathway as a sound engineer.

For more information on BUSY Schools, visit https://www.busyschools.qld.edu.au/

 

MEDIA CONTACT:                     

Michelle Ryan, BUSY At Work

0407 169 029 or email michelle.ryan@busyatwork.com.au

While at school, Tyla is already working to become a qualified tiler

Tyla Stanton is making steps to becoming a tiler and living up to his name, recently starting a school-based apprenticeship after an opportunity to do work experience inspired him to pursue a career in tiling.

Identifying as Torres Strait Islander and originating from Ugar (Stephens Island), Tyla previously attended other schools in the Cairns region but found he wasn’t really thriving. Once he enrolled in BUSY Schools and was given the opportunity to explore a trade pathway (which is what he has always wanted to do), Tyla is confident that his future plans are now on track.

“The hands on teaching and smaller classes has helped with my education a lot. I had a great time at my recent work experience and I love that I can do a school-based apprenticeship while still gaining my year 12 certificate. I also love that I’m getting into a trade that I like!”, Tyla said of BUSY Schools and the opportunity he has been given to complete a school-based apprenticeship.

BUSY Schools provides students the opportunity to plan for their working careers while also completing their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), through work experiences with local employers and school-based apprenticeships, where the student starts their apprenticeship or traineeship while still at school.

Undertaking a school-based apprenticeship involves working approximately 7.5 hours per week during school hours, and the work forms part of their curriculum learning. Students also benefit by earning some money while learning on the job and gaining employer contacts that can set them up for employment opportunities before even leaving school.

“Not every student’s dream is to go onto university, although BUSY Schools do support students who want to pursue an academic career pathway as well. Our small class sizes and individualised support mean we can provide education and career mentoring to students that suit their preferences. Tyla is a great example of that and we can’t wait to see his career flourish – Tyla the Tiler, what a great business name for a start!” said CEO for BUSY Schools, Lee Aitkens.

Thanks to BUSY Schools, Tyla is now looking forward to his future stating, “Once I finish this year I want to go full time with my school-based apprenticeship and gain full time hours and more money”.

For more information, visit https://www.busyschools.qld.edu.au/

 

MEDIA CONTACT:                     

Michelle Ryan, BUSY At Work

0407 169 029 or email michelle.ryan@busyatwork.com.au

 

BUSY Schools Provided a Safe and Welcome Environment for Abrianna

Growing up, Abrianna moved around a lot so moving from one school to another has become somewhat second nature to her. Constantly moving had its drawbacks though, because it meant Abrianna always had to make new friends and adjust to new teachers and school environments.

Abrianna also experienced bullying at her previous school, which affected both her learning and mental health.

Finding it difficult to keep up with her schooling, one of her family members had heard of BUSY Schools and suggested this to her. Adrianna was willing to give BUSY Schools a try.

“I began Year 11 at BUSY Schools Shailer Park earlier this year and straight away I noticed the students are friendly, I can keep up with the schoolwork because the teachers take the time to explain things to me when I’m having trouble understanding something,” said Abrianna.

“I get along really well with all of my teachers. They take the time to get to know me whilst maintaining the professional student-teacher relationship. They also ensure everyone is receiving the assistance they need to stay up to date in their studies,” Abrianna added.

Abrianna recently began work experience at Screen Printing, which she is enjoying. Screen Printing are also excited to have her onboard and have already discussed a potential traineeship following the work experience.

Employment Pathways Officer at BUSY Schools Shailer Park, Karlene Feldbauer, said “There are a lot of great employers out there that are willing to help students and give them the chance to kickstart their careers.”

“I suggested this company for Abrianna because she is really creative and loves building character designs and making videos with them, so I thought this work experience might offer some artistic opportunities for her and I knew she would be a great fit.”

Lee Aitken, CEO for BUSY Schools, said, “It is great when we see students like Abrianna thriving in the BUSY Schools environment. Our staff work together with students to help them find career pathways that suit their desires and abilities”.

Abrianna is now thriving in her education and is exploring career pathways through work experience, thanks to BUSY Schools.

For more information, visit https://www.busyschools.qld.edu.au/

 

MEDIA CONTACT:                     

Michelle Ryan, BUSY At Work

0407 169 029 or email michelle.ryan@busyatwork.com.au

NAIDOC week starts 4th July – let’s celebrate our First Nations people!

Did you know the origins of NAIDOC Week date way back to the pre-1920s? It wasn’t until 1938 though, when white Australians, with growing awareness of what Australia Day meant for Aboriginal people, marched in protest alongside Aboriginal people. (Yes, you read right – the debate about Australia Day has been going on for over a century).

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.  You can find out more about the origins and history of NAIDOC Week.

In short, NAIDOC week is about recognising and celebrating the history, culture and achievements of our First Nations’ people. Each year there is a different focus theme as well – this year’s very relevant theme is Heal Country, Heal our Nation.

Get involved!

NAIDOC Week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. It is also an opportunity to ask yourself, your friends, family and work colleagues, what can we do to celebrate our First Nation’s people, their incredibly old culture (considered the oldest culture in the world), their history pre and post the first fleet settlement, and the significant achievements and contributions that influence us today?

These achievements include cultural, political, scientific, environmental and spiritual contributions that have a positive impact on all Australians. Through education and recognising these achievements, all of us can further support to bridge the gap to ensure all Australians have equal opportunity. Through cooperation, we are closer to achieving this year’s theme to Heal Country, Heal our Nation.

How we will be getting involved

Paul Miles, Managing Director for The BUSY Group Ltd (which includes BUSY At Work, BUSY Schools, BUSY Ability and Skill360) said, “The BUSY Group is committed to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through education, skills and employment programs; to ensure they too have not only the financial security to support themselves and their family, but the opportunity to make meaningful contribution. We’re also committed to our Reconciliation Action Plan to hold us accountable in achieving this.

Our teams will be celebrating the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders next week by hosting morning teas, inviting and listening to our local Aboriginal representatives, and focussing on the theme to Heal Country, Heal our Nation”, Paul further stated.

You can find further information regarding NAIDOC Week 2021 and how you can get involved HERE

Read more below about how the BUSY Group is supporting our First Nations people through education, skills training and employment opportunities.

https://www.busyatwork.com.au/news/thanks-transition-work-layla-found-new-career-path/

https://www.busyatwork.com.au/news/multhana-property-services-creating-career-opportunities-first-nations-people/

https://busyability.org.au/arne-is-fulfilling-his-dream-to-become-a-chef/

https://www.skill360.com.au/2020/11/30/michelle-is-excited-to-start-her-business-administration-traineeship-with-skill360/

https://www.skill360.com.au/2020/11/30/anu-has-gained-work-in-civil-construction-thanks-to-skilling-queenslanders-for-work/

 

BUSY Schools Support Students in their Education and Career Pathways

Two Year 12 students at BUSY Schools Cairns, Kais and Jacob, are undertaking work experience as Diesel Mechanics at Kinetic Fleet Services who own Sunbus Depot and Love’s Buses in Smithfield.

Both students are really enjoying getting their hands dirty and are hoping to gain a school-based apprenticeship from the work experience opportunity. One of the students, Kais is feeling optimistic about pursuing this as a career, having never considered becoming a Diesel Mechanic until a few months ago.

Kais grew up in Torres Strait and Thursday Island and his earlier schooling was done via remote learning. He was taught only one topic per term and after hearing about BUSY Schools when he first moved to Cairns, he was really excited to attend a campus with a broader curriculum and support of employment pathways.

“I realised the program was a great fit for me as an individual and although going from learning one topic per term to learning ten topics per term was a big adjustment, the support I received from my teachers, where they go out of their way to assist me, was extremely helpful,” said Kais.

Employment Pathways Officer at BUSY Schools Cairns, Amba Tipton, stated, “At BUSY Schools we take the opportunity to get to know the students and treat them as equals.

This not only makes them feel more comfortable in the classroom, but it also allows us to gain a better understanding of their attitudes, learning abilities and appropriate career choices. This helps with our individualised approach to teaching and learning and support towards employment opportunities.”

Jacob came from a different educational experience and struggled at his last school, he didn’t enjoy the schooling and found it difficult to pay attention in class. He now appreciates the non-traditional school setting BUSY Schools offers and the assistance he gets from his teachers.

“I’ve found I am understanding the schoolwork a lot better because my teachers are explaining it to me in a way that helps me comprehend it easier,” said Jacob.

Lee Aitken, CEO for BUSY Schools said, “BUSY Schools is focused on the individual student, their strengths and career aspirations. Students get to explore pathways through work experience and vocational education alongside their school curriculum.  It’s great to see students like Jacob and Kai completely change the way they view their schoolwork and their future.”

BUSY Schools Cairns students, Jacob (L) and Kai (R), had the opportunity to undertake work experience in Diesel Mechanics trade with Kinetic Fleet Services.

For more information, visit https://www.busyschools.qld.edu.au/

BUSY Schools Motivated Jade to Take an Interest in her Education Again

Having moved to Australia from New Zealand three years ago to be with the rest of her family, Jade found the adjustment quite difficult, including life at her new school as it was very different to the school she came from in New Zealand.

Eventually, Jade dropped out of the school halfway through Year 11 and found herself completely unmotivated to do anything outside of her home.

Referred to BUSY Schools, Jade soon gained an interest in learning again, as well as developing great friendships with the other students.

“I am making way better progress here at BUSY Schools than I was at my last school, my grades have increased, and I even had a 100% attendance rate last term which I was really proud of,” said Jade.

“The biggest difference has been the teachers and their teaching styles, they are more involved in your education and do a lot of one-on-one sessions with the students which I found helped me a lot,” Jade added.

Earlier this year, Jade started a traineeship in Business Administration at In Scope Training, a vocational training provider who offer a range of accredited courses. Jade attends each Wednesday as part of her school-based traineeship. On top of this Jade is also completing a Certificate I in Construction as she is unsure what industry she would like to go into after graduation, so is taking the time to explore her options and discover her career passion.

Employment Pathways Officer at BUSY Schools Shailer Park, Karlene Feldbauer, said getting Jade a traineeship was easy because she is so open and friendly, and will give absolutely anything a go.

“I invited a contact of mine to help out with training on campus and she mentioned she was looking for a trainee, I immediately thought of Jade and she started the following week,” said Karlene.

Recently, Jade was also invited by Minister Mick De Brenni to attend the Parliament House in Brisbane for a School Captain’s lunch where she witnessed Anastasia Palaszczuk deliver a motion into Parliament.

“I found the whole experience really inspirational and I also managed to get a selfie with the Minister,” said Jade.

“I would definitely recommend BUSY Schools to anyone wanting to go somewhere that makes you feel welcome and is interested in helping you with your studies,” added Jade.

Lee Aitken, CEO for BUSY Schools, a part of the BUSY Group Ltd, said, “We at BUSY Schools want to see our students succeed both in their education and in life. Our staff and teachers work to provide the support and encouragement to help them achieve their goals and become positive contributors to their community.”

For more information, visit https://www.busyschools.qld.edu.au/

BUSY Schools is Preparing Zac for his Chosen Career Path

EXCITING UPDATE (September 10, 2021)

Since posting this story Zac has now been offered a full time apprenticeship with Mannix Pluming. He has even been offered a company car once he gets his P-Plates. Zac is grateful to BUSY Schools and now has his career pathway and a bright future ahead. Read more about how it all began below.

Earlier this year, Zac started as a Year 11 student at the BUSY Schools Shailer Park campus. When a group of employers visited the campus to talk to students about different industry career pathways, Zac discovered exactly what career path was for him.

Before attending BUSY Schools, Zac found his previous school quite stressful and disappointing. Ideally, he wanted to go to a school that didn’t take a one-size-fits-all approach and since being at BUSY Schools for over a term, Zac now feels extremely relaxed and appreciates all of his teachers.

“BUSY Schools has helped me a lot on both an emotional and educational level. I have come to understand the subjects much better than my old school and I am also a lot calmer than I was, which has improved my learning,” said Zac.

In addition to his ongoing schoolwork, Zac has completed work experience, a White Card course, and is in the midst of completing a Certificate I in Construction.

Employment Pathways Officer at BUSY Schools Shailer Park, Karlene Feldbauer, said Zac has achieved so much since starting at BUSY Schools and is beginning to show initiative in taking those necessary steps to help kick start his career as a Plumber.

“Zac decided he wanted to be a plumber following the talk given by industry employers in term one. A couple of days later, he came to me with a phone number of a plumbing company that did some work at his house and asked if we could see if they would be interested in having him do some work experience there,” said Karlene.

Once Scenic Rim Plumbing had confirmed their interest, Zac completed his work experience there every Wednesday for a term, and although they were unable to take him on board once he had finished, he is determined to find more opportunities to launch his career.

“I really enjoyed helping the team fix broken pipes and dig trenches and am hoping to do an apprenticeship in plumbing, so I can eventually become a qualified trades person,” Zac added.

Lee Aitken, CEO for BUSY Schools, a part of the BUSY Group Ltd, said, “BUSY Schools offers a welcoming place where students feel safe and supported. Our teachers and staff inspire and encourage students to re-engage with their education and take initiative in forming their career pathways. We have a holistic service offering through the BUSY Group, with links to vocational education and employment services.

Whether students want to go on to higher education, a trades pathway or get straight into work, we work individually with each student so that they get the chance to become the best version of themselves.” Lee further stated.

EXCITING UPDATE (10th September, 2021)

Since posting this story, Zac has now landed an apprenticeship with Mannix Plumbing and his career has now begun. He’s even been promised a company car once he gets his P-plates. Zac is really grateful for BUSY Schools and the direction provided – he has his future on track! Read more about how it all began for Zac below.

Thanks to the assistance and encouragement provided by BUSY Schools, Zac has decided he would like to pursue a career in Plumbing and has taken steps to help launch his career.

For more information, visit https://www.busyschools.qld.edu.au/

 

MEDIA CONTACT:                     

Michelle Ryan, BUSY At Work

0407 169 029 or email michelle.ryan@busyatwork.com.au

Calleb gets a head start in a career path, thanks to BUSY

The BUSY Schools Shailer Park campus opened at the beginning of this year with the very first intake of students for Year 11 Term 1. Since then it has been full steam ahead with many students undertaking a range of work experience activities and exploring different career pathways, all while undertaking their schooling.

One of the students, Calleb Heron, has already started a school-based traineeship, getting a head start into a career path while still at school. Calleb was recently signed into the traineeship by BUSY At Work, an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider, and, like BUSY Schools, a part of The BUSY Group.

While undertaking his school-based traineeship, Calleb spends one day a week at his new workplace, automotive service company, Millard Tyre and Service Centre. He benefits through learning on the job skills while studying to complete a Certificate II in Automotive Tyre Servicing Technology.

As for all school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, this one day a week at work becomes part of Calleb’s school curriculum and contributes to his Queensland Certificate of Education.

Despite this being his first job, Calleb has proven to be a tenacious and dedicated employee, never missing a day and taking himself to work each week via public transport, which includes both a bus and a train trip to get there.

Calleb’s supervisor at Millards, Jess Lee, stated, “Calleb has proven himself during his time here and displays a great level of maturity, sometimes staying back after finishing time”.

Calleb, who has always been interested in cars, has stated he stays back at times because he is enjoying the work so much.

“For young people in their senior schooling, working out what you want to do after school can be daunting. BUSY Schools support all students to find their ‘niche’ based on their strengths and what they like doing.

“Calleb seems to thrive in a hands-on learning environment and thanks to the traineeship, he’ll have a head start in his chosen industry including contacts, references and most importantly the skills and experience”, CEO for BUSY Schools, Lee Aitken stated.

Calleb is starting a traineeship while still at school which will give him a great start to a career in automotive services.

Enrolments are still available for the Shailer Park and Cairns campuses, in time for Term 2.

BUSY Schools is also opening a new school for the Brisbane region, in Salisbury, ready for Term 2, and enrolments are being taken now.

To enquire, or for more information regarding BUSY Schools visit www.busyschools.qld.edu.au or
contact 1300 176 472 or email admin@busyschools.com.au

 

MEDIA CONTACT:                     

Michelle Ryan, BUSY At Work

0407 169 029 or email michelle.ryan@busyatwork.com.au

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