IT Traineeships More Important Than Ever

IT Traineeships More Important Than Ever

IT Traineeships More Important Than Ever

Dan Kipping, a local resident of Wodonga and former trainee, has emerged as a successful IT professional. Thanks to his ArtsReady Traineeship at Sacred Heart Primary School in Yarrawonga. Today, he holds the position of ICT Project Manager at the prestigious Wodonga Institute of TAFE.
Recognising the invaluable blend of education and industry experience. Dan emphasises the pivotal role that Traineeships played in shaping his career.

Starting as an ICT Technician in 2011, Dan obtained vital certifications and gained hands-on expertise in technical support. His journey highlights the significance of traineeships in opening doors for aspiring high school graduates seeking practical experience and certifications in the ever-evolving field of IT.

“Many roles require job experience and so how do you get experience as a high school leaver when you are not given an opportunity?” said Dan.

“I was drawn to a traineeship because I really liked the idea of being able to obtain certifications. Which carry some weight and gain important industry experience,” he added.

Dan began his Traineeship at the school in 2011 where he worked as an ICT Technician and obtained Certificates III and IV in Information Technology. In his role he worked in technical support, assisting staff and students. He played an important part in setting up and troubleshooting.
A new laptop initiative was introduced to the school at the time.

“ Sacred Heart was always open to new possibilities in IT. I felt fortunate to work in an environment where I could share the knowledge I had and be given the resources I needed to learn.”

“As we have seen throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, IT is a critical area to be open to as it is so vital in our lives for connection, information and communication.”

Through his journey, Dan always felt supported by his host employer and AFL SportsReady.

“The AFL SportsReady Field Officer assigned to me; Mick Caruso, was brilliant. Mick never gave me the impression he was just doing his job to tick a box. It was obvious to me that Mick was genuinely passionate about seeing the successful outcomes of his trainees.”

With his traineeship experience now behind him. Upon graduating from AFL SportsReady, Dan took on a role at Rivalea Australia as the IT Service Desk Coordinator. He also continued his studies and completed a Bachelor’s Degree in IT and Business Analysis at Charles Sturt University.

“My traineeship enabled me to learn more effectively, and  I took those skills with me on my journey when studying my Degree.

“One thing I really took from the experience is just how incredibly important traineeships are. In my Degree, I was never exposed to a truly practical element, only theoretical content. So, if I didn’t complete my Traineeship I may never have had that early hands-on experience. Which was essential for me get to where I am today.”

After his time with Rivalea, Dan landed a job at the Wodonga Institute of TAFE and now works as the ICT Project Manager. During these challenging times, the Institute has been working hard to set up and manage the transition towards more online learning.

“It has been a very interesting time for the IT industry, and I am sure many organisations can relate. We are bringing a number of  IT projects forward to adapt to what is happening.

“We are seeing first-hand how the world can suddenly change, and the critical role IT can play.”

“And so, traineeships in IT have never been more important. There are so many young people interested in this field, willing to learn. Just like I was, and all they need is that one chance.”

“When I see images of IT trainees on AFL SportsReady’s social media, I think, that used to be me. I was there all those years ago. But, because Sacred Heart Primary School gave me an opportunity. I have secured an amazing role that I couldn’t be happier in.”

Dan Kipping’s inspiring journey from traineeship to becoming an ICT Project Manager. Showcases the transformative power of practical experience and certifications in the IT industry. His success story highlights the importance of Traineeships in providing opportunities for high school graduates to gain valuable skills and industry exposure.

With the ever-increasing significance of IT in our lives, traineeships offer a gateway for aspiring professionals to enter this critical field. Dan’s experience underscores the need for organisations to embrace traineeships and empower young individuals seeking to make their mark in the world of IT. Through traineeships, countless talented individuals can embark on fulfilling careers like Dan, contributing to the ongoing evolution of the industry.


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