Mikkie thrived in school based apprenticeship
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.