ASbA of the Year - Highly Commended
Cyrus Wren commenced a Certificate III in Business as an ASbA with the Australian Training Company and is hosted at the ACT Education Directorate.
From an early age, Cyrus was eager to join the public service, but he did not know how to get there. When Cyrus first learned about ASbAs, he was able to connect his career aspirations with an achievable pathway while attending Dickson College.
The team Cyrus works with at the Education Directorate values his input and as result Cyrus is involved in program design and implementation, along with promotion of ASbAs.
ASbA of the Year – Winner
Hannah Holford completed the Certificate III in Individual Support with Quest Training Solutions. She is employed by the Australian Training Company and has undertaken her work placement at Carey Gardens, in association with Baptist Care.
Hannah has been involved with volunteering since year nine and she is always looking for ways she can make a difference to her community. Hannah uses her passion and energy to brighten the lives of elderly residents in aged care. She appreciates the opportunity to learn from and work with older Canberrans and is an advocate for increasing the number of people taking up a career in aged care.
Hannah is also completing a tertiary package at Lake Tuggeranong College in conjunction with her ASbA and intends to keep her options open for further education and training.
ASbA of the Year – Finalist
Isabella Denis commenced a Certificate II in Resources and Infrastructure Work Preparation with Orbus3. She is currently employed as an ASbA with the Australian Training Company in the Women in Construction Pathways Program. She has previous experience as a steel fixer and is enthusiastic to develop her skills and knowledge in the construction industry.
Isabella simultaneously juggles many competing priorities to manage a healthy work-life balance. At Canberra College, she has responsibilities as house captain, represents the ACT in various sporting activities and is involved with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Program. As part of the Women in Construction Pathways Program, Isabella mentors others to guide them through the program and complete their rotations.
Isabella's trainers and supervisors describe her as cheerful, positive, professional and curious to learn. On completion of her qualification, Isabella hopes to pursue a career in construction.
ASbA of the Year – Finalist
Cody Jagoe-Shaw commenced a Certificate III in Individual Support with Quest Training Solutions. She is employed by the Australian Training Company and is hosted at Black Mountain School.
Cody chose this industry and training pathway as she has a passion for supporting people living with a disability. This commitment is inspired by her mother who is a teacher in the learning support unit at a primary school. Cody promotes vocational education and training as an important pathway and believes that she has gained invaluable life experience during her ASbA. With the support of Quest Training Solutions and Black Mountain School, her skills have grown immensely, especially her ability to communicate and engage in meaningful ways with others.
Cody's ASbA has given her the confidence to pursue her other interests and passions. She is working towards building an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student network for herself and her peers.
Women can be Tradies tooCheck out information about Sarina Russo Apprenticeships Gateway Services here - there are great resources to assist you make better decisions about your career.
Sarina Russo Apprenticeships also answers some frequently asked questions about Non Traditional Trades for Women here.
ASbA Career Taster Program
Applications are now being accepted from 2021 Year 10 students to be involved in this new ASbA program that will give students a taste of working in the ACT Public Service.
You will earn up to 8 points towards your ACT Senior Secondary Certificate, all while getting paid and gaining a recognised qualification!
Check out the flyer for more info here.
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