Mikkie thrived in school based ap­pren­tice­ship

Mansfield Courier - - News - By ERICA LOW­ING, MSC

MANS­FIELD Secondary Col­lege fa­cil­i­tates the big­gest school based ap­pren­tice­ship and trainee­ship (SBAT) pro­gram in Vic­to­ria.

Ev­ery year about 95 MSC stu­dents do an SBAT.

The col­lege would like to thank all the lo­cal busi­nesses, or­gan­i­sa­tions and em­ploy­ers who have sup­ported the pro­gram this year by em­ploy­ing lo­cal stu­dents.

Across Vic­to­ria, ap­prox­i­mately 750 stu­dents un­der­take SBATs, mak­ing Mans­field Secondary Col­lege one of the largest providers.

A school based ap­pren­tice­ship is very dif­fer­ent from work ex­pe­ri­ence.

It takes 12-18 months to com­plete, con­trib­utes to a stu­dent’s sat­is­fac­tory com­ple­tion of VCE (Vic­to­rian Cer­tifi­cate of Ed­u­ca­tion) or VCAL (Vic­to­rian Cer­tifi­cate of Ap­plied Learn­ing) and in some cases con­trib­utes to the ATAR (Aus­tralian Ter­tiary Ad­mis­sions Rank).

Stu­dents un­der­take a Cer­tifi­cate 2 or 3 qual­i­fi­ca­tion and are paid em­ploy­ees.

Most be­gin their SBAT in year 10 and com­plete it in year 11.

This equips them with in-depth, prac­ti­cal work skills, which en­hance fu­ture em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

This year, Mikkie Cum­mins com­pleted Cer­tifi­cate 3 in Ed­u­ca­tion Sup­port through the school based ap­pren­tice­ships pro­gram.

She won an award from Ap­pren­tice­ships Mat­ter for her achieve­ments at Mans­field

Autism Statewide Ser­vices (MASS).

Ac­cord­ing to Mikkie, who is pas­sion­ate about the course she did, com­plet­ing an SBAT pro­vided her with the op­por­tu­nity to gain valu­able work skills from ex­pe­ri­enced staff, while work­ing with peo­ple aged from 8 to 18.

Mikkie said she learned, “lots of pa­tience, com­mit­ment and de­ter­mi­na­tion to do my best, while de­vel­op­ing re­la­tion­ships with stu­dents and col­leagues through my work”.

“I en­joyed meet­ing new peo­ple, help­ing kids de­velop to their po­ten­tial and mak­ing fam­i­lies proud.”

Mikkie com­pleted her en­tire SBAT as a year 12 stu­dent this year.

She said this was chal­leng­ing, be­cause she had to work at MASS one day a week.

She missed classes at school on those days.

How­ever, it taught her valu­able time man­age­ment skills be­cause she had to catch up on work missed.

Mikkie highly rec­om­mends the school based ap­pren­tice­ship and trainee­ship pro­gram for all stu­dents, but said it is best to start one in year 10.

She has al­ready been of­fered a full time job in med­i­cal busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Mans­field Secondary Col­lege is al­ways in­ter­ested in sourc­ing new em­ploy­ers who are in­ter­ested in em­ploy­ing a stu­dent as a school based ap­pren­tice.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact the ca­reers of­fice at Mans­field Secondary Col­lege.

SBAT: Mikkie Cum­mins won an award from Ap­pren­tice­ships Mat­ter for her achieve­ments at Mans­field Autism Statewide Ser­vices.

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