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Apprenticeships and Traineeships Success Story

James

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Year 10

Information Communication Technology (VCE VET) Units 1 + 2
Integrated Technologies (VCE VET) Units 1 + 2

Year 11

Chemistry Units 1 + 2
English Units 1 + 2
Information Comunication Technology (VCE VET) Units 3 + 4
Mathematical Methods Units 1 + 2
Physics Units 1 + 2

Year 12

Computing: Software Development Units 3 + 4
English Units 3 + 4
Information Communication Technology (VCE VET) Additional Units 3 + 4 Sequence
Mathematical Methods Units 3 + 4
Physics Units 3 + 4

Why did you choose a School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SBAT)?

Information Technology (IT) has always been a passion of mine and when my school’s IT department offered me a traineeship I knew it was a great opportunity to get a head-start in my career.

How did you choose your VCE studies?

I chose maths and IT studies because they interested me. My careers counsellor confirmed that my choices were relevant to university courses and a future career.

I began a VET Information Communication Technology (ICT) program in Year 10 and completed the second year with scored assessments in Year 11. Having a study score at the end of Year 11 allowed me more flexibility for Year 12 while I continued my traineeship. Doing extra ICT units to complete my Certificate III qualification gave me an additional Units 3 and 4 sequence that counted as an increment towards my ATAR.

What was your study management strategy?

I worked one day a week for my traineeship in both of my VCE years. I also completed a subject in Year 12 via Distance Education Centre Victoria. This meant I had to be incredibly organised and dedicate time each night to study and stay on top of my workload.

What are your study tips?

  • Read topics ahead of time to be prepared before you get to class.
  • Do practice exams and follow up with teachers if you didn’t understand something.
  • Attend additional lectures, workshops and holiday programs. They can broaden your understanding and provide you with valuable learning resources.

What is your advice to future SBAT students?

If there is an area that you want to work in, go for it. It can be difficult to juggle an traineeship along with your VCE, but the experience gained makes it worth it.

My traineeship was by far the best thing I did in high school. The workplace environment provided me with knowledge and practical skills I may not have experienced in a classroom.

How has SBAT prepared you for the future?

It gave me the confidence and direction to study a Bachelor of Computer Science this year. Through my work placement I confirmed that IT was the right industry for me and this in turn motivated me to study hard in VCE so I could get into my course.

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