When Lily Walker left school in year 11, she didn’t consider herself to be academically inclined and went in search of employment and training opportunities outside the classroom.
It’s a decision that has paid off for the 18-year-old who has since completed a traineeship with not-for-profit training and apprenticeships provider, VERTO, in Orange.
Lily says she’s surprised at how much she’s enjoying learning on the job and working in a team environment.
“I finished my Certificate III in Business Administration in 10 months and I’m now about to start a Certificate IV in Employment Services,” she said.
“I’m amazed at the progress I’ve made in a short amount of time, and it validates my decision to leave school earlier than planned – it just wasn’t the right fit for me.
“I’d encourage others to consider a traineeship as it can lead you to your dream job and allow you to learn, work and earn at the same time.
“VERTO has given me such an amazing opportunity to expand my skills and I’m so grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given since I started with the organisation,” Lily said.
Traineeships are similar to apprenticeships, but they concentrate on vocational or job areas such as office administration, information technology, business or hospitality – just to name a few.
VERTO’s Team Leader in Orange, Dominique Munday, said Lily was a great role model for other young people in the region who are considering their employment and training options.
“It's great to work with people like Lily who are so willing and eager to help, and who engage so well with our clients,” Ms Munday said.
VERTO CEO, Ron Maxwell, said vocational education and training (VET) qualifications are a win for businesses and individuals alike.
“Apprenticeships and traineeships give employers the opportunity to build the skills they need to meet the demands of their industry into the future.
“At the same time, it’s a great option for individuals – the earn while you learn model makes a traineeship or apprenticeship perfect for both school leavers or those looking for a career change,” Mr Maxwell said. ‘
For more information about VERTO or to find out about the more than 500 traineeships and apprenticeships available, visit https://www.verto.org.au/