Get a real insight into whether a traineeship is right for you. Join AFL SportsReady alumni as we explore the reasons why a traineeship is a viable and worthwhile post-school option. From job satisfaction, to job security and helping you find your passion.

This series is not only for young people. This is a great opportunity for parents to learn about the program and to discover that traineeships can lead to successful, meaningful, professional jobs – with great salaries and outstanding career prospects.

Having tackled the challenges of COVID-19, many young people have witnessed or experienced first-hand the uncertainty around career paths: with job losses and reduced working hours impacting them, their family and friends. Now more than ever it’s important to understand all the career pathways available to young people.

the webinar series continues to explore how traineeships can prepare you for real-life work, create valuable industry networks and how this career pathway has led many people to rewarding and successful careers.

Webinar 8 – Celebrating Careers through Traineeships (Part 1)

Date: Tuesday 19 May
Time: 11am – 11:45am AEST (45 minute duration)
Cost: FREE

  • Callan Date – Communications & Engagement Manager at the AFL

In 2000 Callan Date completed high school and had no idea what career he wished to chase but knew the sports industry was something he was keen on. In 2001 he discovered AFL SportsReady and took on traineeship as Editorial Assistant for Nicholson Media Group. Thanks to his traineeship Callan progressed in his career and took on roles as, a journalist for Stars News Group and working at Officeworks where he climbed the ranks through many different roles in communication. Now, Callan is working as the Communications and Engagement Manager at the AFL, a role he had always aspired to do.

  • Jackson Hill Electorate Officer – Member for Southport; and Shadow Assistant Minister et al for the Queensland Parliament, formerly at Tennis TAS and the GM of Tasmania Football Council

Jackson Hills completed his traineeship in 2004 as a Participation & Player Development Coordinator at Tennis Tasmania. He was then lucky enough to secure full-time employment in Sydney with Tennis NSW, which went on to span close to 12 years. Since then, he’s accomplished many things including General Manager of the Tasmanian Football Council with the AFL. Whilst in this role Jackson decided to give back and took on his own trainees. In 2018, Jackson became Assistant Director at the Australian Sports Commission in Canberra and now works within the Queensland Parliament as an Electorate Officer and Advisor to the State Member for Southport and Shadow Assistant Minister for Health, Rob Molhoek MP.

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Webinar 9 – Celebrating Careers through Traineeships (Part 2)

Date: Wednesday 19 May
Time: 12pm – 12:45pm AEST (45 minute duration)
Cost: FREE


  • Trisha Squires – Head of AFL Queensland

Trisha took on a Sports Administration traineeship through AFL SportsReady with the Melbourne Football Club, which as provided her with amazing opportunities. Trisha has gained valuable experience across commercial, philanthropic, sport and community roles. Founder of the Broadbridge Fund and present Head of AFL Queensland, she has in years past been the CEO of both AFL Tasmania, Reach and the St Kilda Youth Service. Trisha is known for her leadership abilities, clear strategic thinking, and resilience. In 2006, Trisha was awarded Young Australian of the Year and in 2018 she became the first female to be appointed as a State CEO in the AFL.

  • Ben Wilson – Managing Director at WM Network Group, formerly at West Coast Eagles

Ben first heard about AFL SportsReady traineeships through an information session. Stating that he wasn’t the most dedicated student and loved more so to be on the move, he found confidence and training by completing Sports Administration Certificate 3 & 4 through his local football club in Echuca, which remarkably was the first AFL sports traineeship within a local football club at the time. By following his passion, Ben got a job working multiple roles as a Recruitment Consultant with IPA, Project manager with ICoat Perth, WA States Sales Manager and at Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies. He then landed himself the position with the West Coast Eagles as Corporate Sales Executive before being promoted to Business Development Manager. Ben worked at the club for over 6 years before moving into his current role as Managing Director at WM Network Group.

“The traineeship set me up for where I am today. If you put in the hard yards, then there is a reward at the end of it”

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Webinar 10 - Why a school-based traineeship was the best thing for me

There are many benefits to completing a traineeship whilst still at school that will get you ahead of the game when looking for work. It also means you don’t have to go to school every day and instead you will be working one day a week and earning some money.

This webinar will explore how former trainees went through the school based traineeship and learnt life-long professional skills, confidence and industry networks.

Date: Wednesday 2nd June
Time: 11.00 am – 12.00 pm AEST




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So far, the webinar series has explored the diverse industries young people can do traineeships in. From sport, marketing, business, education and the arts – each webinar provides a unique insight into how careers are made through traineeships. Click on the link below to view recordings from the previous webinars in the series.


“Careers Are Made Through Traineeships” is an initiative of AFL SportsReady and supported by the Australian Government and the National Careers Institute

To find out more about our Traineeship program and the opportunities it can lead to, click here.