School-based traineeships motivating students to go the extra mile

School-based traineeships motivating students to go the extra mile

School-based traineeships motivating students to go the extra mile

Tassie local and proud Aboriginal Man, Tyson Eiszele has found a new sense of motivation and determination thanks to his school-based traineeship with AFL SportsReady.

At only 17, Tyson is completing his final years at high school and working part-time at ANZ bank, while studying a Certificate II in Business.

“I started my traineeship at the beginning of 2017 and it’s one of the best things I have ever done. It allows me to stay in school and have a job at the same time so I can gain the work experience I need to set me up for the future,” said Tyson.

Working at ANZ in Eastlands (Tasmania) as a Teller/Navigator, Tyson has developed a whole new range of skills including customer service, time management, communication and many others.

“I work at the front of the branch so I have to greet people upon arrival, ask questions about their needs and direct them where they need to go.

This has given me confidence not only as a professional but also in myself.

The experience has shown me that I have the ability to step out of my comfort zone and achieve anything. I would have never thought I would be working in the finance industry, but here I am and I am loving it,” he explained.

Another important aspect of the traineeship program is learning to balance priorities. Trainees must learn to balance their school-work with their traineeship and this can often be a challenge.

“Sometimes it can get a bit overwhelming and the workload is a bit much, however, this is when I really start to surprise myself. I find my drive, knuckle down, work hard and find a way to balance everything and do it well.

My employer and teacher are really understanding, there is a lot of support around me and AFL SportsReady also provides me with a personal mentor for extra guidance.”

AFL SportsRready trainees are also invited to participate in a range of ‘gatherings’ which allows them to connect with other Indigenous trainees. Tyson recently attended My Moola, a Tasmanian gathering, which focuses on teaching young people to manage their finances.

“The gathering was such a huge benefit to me, I took so much from the day and I am applying what I learnt in my everyday life. I am finally building up my savings to buy a car.”

Upon graduating from high school and his traineeship Tyson will have laid the foundation for a head start in his career.

“Thanks to my experience I have become more determined, motivated and resilient. Not only have I learned new skills and gained valuable work experience, I have also seen a lot of growth in myself.”

If you would like to find out more information about our traineeship program please visit: https://www.aflsportsready.com.au/traineeships.

DATE: 14th of December 2017
AUTHOR: Marissa Pagliarello
IMAGE: Tyson Eiszele