School-Based Traineeship Shapes Taryn’s Future

School-Based Traineeship Shapes Taryn’s Future

Taryn Anno, proud Kallatungu and Waiben woman approaches the end of her traineeship at Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL). She reflects on a journey that has provided invaluable work experience and shaped her future aspirations. The Warumilang School-Based traineeship program has been a foundation for her personal and professional development.

For the past 2 years, Taryn has worked one day a week while completing her Certificate III in Business and HSC at Earnshaw State College in Queensland.

I work once a week here, and I do miss it when I am at school because I find it really relaxing. It’s not as chaotic as school.

AGPAL has a really great environment that works well for me.

Taryn first learned about the AFL SportsReady School-Based traineeship program through an email from the RTO manager at her high school.

My mum and I were told;

‘Hey, this is a really good opportunity and it doesn’t cost anything – do you want to have a go at it?’

Motivated by this chance;

Taryn took the initiative to handle the application process on her own.

She successfully navigated through the interview and induction process.

Having witnessed her sisters undertake apprenticeships in high school. Taryn was encouraged by her mother to gain practical experience early in life.
This influence played a significant role in her decision to pursue a traineeship.

I’ve always been interested in business, so my traineeship suits me well.

I thought I may as well try a traineeship out, and if I don’t like it, it’s alright – it will be great experience.

One of Taryn’s biggest challenges was the people aspect of her role, particularly as she is naturally shy around new people.

I have learned how to chat with people and find common interests with others at work.

Her confidence has grown significantly throughout the traineeship, especially in handling tasks she was initially unsure about.

The beginning of your traineeship will be hard, but it is so worth it in the end.

Taryn’s experience at AGPAL has been rewarding, providing her with insights into different departments, planning and working within a team.

I didn’t know a lot about what working for a business was like when I first started.

Now, I have a much better understanding of what it’s like to work in a business environment.

For those considering a traineeship, Taryn advises;

Just go for it! Even if you think you might not be confident enough for it,

your confidence will build throughout the process, just like it did for me – it just takes time.

Taryn is looking forward to university with her traineeship nearing completion and year 12 almost behind her.

This traineeship has helped me discover what I want to do after school and has given me so much experience.

AFL SportsReady First Nations Mentor John Hollows has been a significant source of support for Taryn.

Taryn has nailed the past two years, and I am so excited to see where she is at this time next year. – John

In addition to her traineeship achievements, Taryn and her dad have contributed their artistic talents to the RAP Room at AGPAL. Together they created a unique art piece, a mural displayed on the wall.

As Taryn transitions from her School-Based traineeship to university. She carries a wealth of experience, newfound confidence and clear ideas for her future.

Taryn is not just a ‘new hire’ to us, but a mentee who benefits from guidance and support to succeed. – Cynthia

Her experience at AGPAL, was supported by supervisor Cynthia Tait and AFL SportsReady. Highlights the profound impact of early practical experience on shaping young careers.

Since 2000, We have kick-started the careers of over 3,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainees.

The Warumilang Program is our dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program to assist First Nations peoples.

With tailored employment and training pathways that aim to provide opportunities for First Nations peoples to thrive and be successful.

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