Doing an apprenticeship while at school – Jess’s story
[Super] Question: Tell us about yourself
Jess: Hey – my name’s Jess, I’m in Year 12 but I’m also doing an apprenticeship in retail and baking.
[Super] Question: Why did you decide to do an apprenticeship?
Jess: So it was probably around Year 9…I was like, ‘Hmm I wonder if I can get more than just my QCE and ATAR?’
I’d done some work in a bakery, so I started thinking maybe I should try to get an apprenticeship…so yeah, I’m now doing an apprenticeship in retail and baking.
[Super] Question: How’s your apprenticeship journey been alongside school?
Jess: Ahh – look…it’s a bit of work, but at the end of the day, it’s been really rewarding. I was really hating some of my classes back in Year 10…so I spoke with my parents and the school, and I thought I’d have a crack at a Cert 3 in Business at TAFE. It’s all online, so it’s pretty chilled with school which is awesome.
By Year 11, I had the Cert 3 and was moving along with the apprenticeship, but yeah, I guess I just wanted more (haha).
I did a Headstart course in Communication and Thought at USC [University of the Sunshine Coast] which gave me a bit of a head start towards a uni degree which was cool. My writing skills improved heaps which helped with school as well, so that was a win.
[Super] Question: What’s the last year been like?
Jess: At the moment, I do pracs for my apprenticeship and spend Mondays at work. I’ve also gotta do eight weeks of block training in Brisbane throughout the year.
Look I’ll be honest, it’s hard work – but that’s like with anything that’s worth it I guess…I’ve done way more than what I thought I would, so I’m pretty happy.
[Super] Question: How would you summarise your experience?
Jess: I would say rewarding, supportive and self-paced. You also meet awesome people along the way.
[Super] Question: What advice would you give to someone thinking of doing vocational training or training outside of school?
Jess: Go for it! You seriously won’t regret it. There’s no point doing something you don’t want to do, so ﬁnd what it is you like and give it a go.
Oh, and don’t be scared to ask questions if you need help ﬁnding the right course. Talk to your teachers, parents, school, your dog – whoever.