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SBAT Success story - Abbey


VCAL Literacy and Numeracy Skills
Reading and Writing Intermediate/Senior, Oral Communication Intermediate/Senior, Numeracy Skills Intermediate/Senior

VCAL Personal Development Skills
Units 1 and 2 Foundation/Intermediate/Senior

VCAL Work Related Skills
Units 1 and 2 Foundation/Intermediate/Senior

VCE Agricultural and Horticultural Studies
Units 1 and 2

Equine Studies (VCE VET)

VCE Agricultural and Horticultural Studies Units 1 and 2

Certificate I in Construction

Certificate I in Employment Pathways

Certificate II in Equine Studies

Certificate II in Public Safety (Firefight Ops)

Certificate III in Companion Animal Services


Why did you choose a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship program?

I chose a school-based traineeship because I was able to complete my VCAL at school while also furthering my passion for animals. I was also able to take a pathway in something that I love.

Why did you choose the VCAL?

I chose the VCAL because it gave me the opportunity to gain an apprenticeship or experience in the workforce while staying at school and completing my school studies.

What was your study management strategy?

Put all your effort into your study, use the information given and build strong relationships with your peers and teachers. Come to class with a positive attitude because, if you put in the effort, you will reap the rewards. Don't be afraid to ask your teachers for help. Manage your time well and don't get behind with assignments. Take every opportunity you have in class and at your workplace, and always use initiative and enthusiasm when any task comes along.

What are your top study tips?

  • Prioritise all your assignments to the due dates.
  • Balance your life and study.
  • Take regular breaks.
  • Don't leave studying to the last minute.
  • Highlight and summarise information.
  • Form study groups.

What is your advice to future students?

Follow your dreams. Pursue something that you're passionate about or give yourself the opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone. My experience doing a school-based traineeship has been very rewarding.

How has your school-based traineeship prepared you for the future?

My training prepared me and provided me with a greater understanding of the veterinary profession and concreted my desire to work with animals.

I am grateful to have gained a Certificate III in Companion Animal Services while completing my VCAL studies. I have gained practical experience that I use in my workplace. My confidence and self-esteem has improved. My training has also given me a clear pathway to completing my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.