Jess Ridley - Apprenticeship Adviser
Contact: 0417 792 613 - email@example.com
Messages about the value of traineeships in agriculture and horticulture
Jess Ridley and Melody Green (RSA's Australian Apprenticeships Adviser for Hunter and Northern NSW) joined forces at a careers advisers conference in October to convince teachers about the merits of traineeships in agriculture and horticulture.
Jess and Melody attended the two-day annual Career Advisers Association Conference in Darling Harbour on 17-18 October.
Jess said the event was a great opportunity for networking with career advisers and to explain the potential opportunities and pathways for students.
They also listened to reasons why some students aren’t taking up traineeships and apprenticeships. They also explored ways to work together to promote and encourage students to undertake traineeships.
While they were at the conference Jess and Melody visited local schools and met with school careers advisers. They provided copies of RSA's AHC10 Training Package Guide to assist teachers to be more aware of the career paths in agriculture and horticulture.
For further information on career paths:
- Melody in Hunter and Northern NSW at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jess in ACT & Southern NSW at email@example.com
School-based apprenticeships a great start
Trinity Catholic College Goulburn student Harrison Mitchell decided a school-based apprenticeship and traineeship was for him.
It was a great way to get a head start in his career with hands-on experience and being paid to work - while completing his final years at school and his Higher School Certificate.
Harrison is undetaking a Certificate II in Agriculture through Goulburn TAFE, attending school three days a week, TAFE one day and working one day at Forest Lodge Pastoral.
This gives him the opportunity for paid work in an industry he is passionate about, and he can also get a TAFE qualification and still complete his schooling.
Harrison said that when he finishes school this month he will have a great head start in his career with plenty of hands on experience working on a farm and along with the knowledge to back it up.
This traineeship would not have been possible without support from Kelly Mulligan, a former Trinity Catholic College student from the Australian Business Apprenticeship Centre.
Kelly said a wide range of school-based apprenticeships and traineeships were available for a variety of agriculture qualifications, including wool classing, horse breeding, horticulture, animal care and management, shearing, and a farm and station Hand.
The financial benefits of traineeships are valuable too, with a number of incentive payments available to both employers and trainees working in agricultural traineeships, particularly in rural and regional areas.
For more information about the financial incentives, contact your local Australian Apprenticeships Centre on 133 873.
If you would like to know more about school-based apprenticeships or traineeships in NSW or ACT contact Jess on 0417 792 613 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2010 Jess completed her Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment and joined Defence Housing Australia as a Sales Officer and Training Officer for the Consultants.
Jess comes from a family farming background in NSW and says she is very pleased to be working with RSA and assisting communities in the ACT and Southern NSW to develop pathways and career opportunities. Jess welcomes anyone wishing to explore training opportunities to contact her.
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Role of Apprenticeship Advisers
- Provide Australia-wide coverage to support school leavers and potential employers of agricultural and horticultural Australian Apprenticeships
- Customise high quality information and supporting resources for potential Australian Apprenticeships and employers looking for an apprentice
- Provide industry specific information about the agricultural and horticultural industries to help potential Australian Apprentices to make informed career choices
- Provide accurate, balanced and up-to-date industry specific information to potential apprentices, school leavers and agricultural and horticultural employers, through a variety of communication mediums, including the Internet, face-to-face, print, electronic, web streaming and web portal pathways
- Provide Australia-wide access through the 1800 free call hotline
- Arrange personalised follow-up support and assistance to schools, career advisers and VET coordinators
- Attend forums and career expos
- Arrange and manage a personal development day in partnership with schools, career advisers, agriculture teachers and VET coordinators in several states and regions
- Undertake visits with key school industry liaison officers