Bulahdelah Central School year 11 student Abby-Jo Banks is completing a school based traineeship in early childhood education and care at Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Pre School as part of her Higher School Certificate studies.
It involved study of a Certificate III through TAFE, which is delivered at the workplace and online.
This also includes one day per week of paid employment at the preschool, and a total of 100 days over the two years.
Abby-Jo successfully approached the employer for this position after she completed work experience in Year 10.
On completion, Abby-Jo will have completed her HSC, a Certificate III and two years of paid employment experience. She will be qualified to work in an early childhood setting as an assistant to the teacher.
Students currently in Year 10 are encouraged to consider a school based part-time traineeship or apprenticeship in almost any industry they have an interest in. The first step is to complete some work experience, then approach an employer for a position.