School-based Traineeships Perfect for on The Job Learning

School-based Traineeships Perfect for on The Job Learning

School-based Traineeships Perfect for on The Job Learning

Proud Aboriginal woman Abbygail (Abby) Watson’s school-based traineeship with the ANZ bank has given her life-long professional skills, confidence and industry networks. But the biggest lesson she learnt was that you don’t need to be good at school to succeed in your career. 

“I wasn’t a fan of school, in fact I hated it. Classroom learning was never for me because I learn on the job,” said Abby. 

“So, a school-based traineeship was perfect because it meant I didn’t have to go to school every day and instead I would be working one day a week and earning some money,” she added. 

Abby took on a traineeship in 2018 with the ANZ bank in Kingston (Tasmania), and studied a Certificate II in Business. Not only was Abby still in high school, she was also completing a school-based apprenticeship with the Indigenous Land Cooperation where she worked on a sheep station on Bruny Island while studying a Certificate III in Agriculture.  

“There are so many young people who would rather give up and not attend school and that is how I felt. With a traineeship you don’t have to be stuck in a classroom, you can work in the industry, gain amazing experience and at the end of it get a qualification and maybe even a job. 

Traineeships give everyone a go, it doesn’t matter your background or circumstances, you get a chance to take that first step into building a successful future.” 

From the moment she started her traineeship with ANZ she felt welcomed by the team. Abby believes the experience was life changing and the skills she gained through her traineeship has played and will continue to play a vital part in her career journey.  

“I took on many responsibilities at the bank, such as serving customers and managing deposit bags. Everything I learnt helped me to grow both professionally and personally because I learned to become pro-active and confident.” 

Through her traineeship Abby was surrounded by support, which is a key part of the AFL SportsReady traineeship model. 

“I was supported every step of the way by my amazing Field Officer, Tracey Parry, and my Mentor Ralph White. Tracey is an incredible woman and I can’t thank her enough for her unconditional support that she continues to still give me to this day. She is gifted at what she does, and her students would be very grateful to have her as their Educator and Field Officer. 

Then there is the amazing Ralphy. I could listen to his stories all day long. He is one of the most supportive people I know, and I am so grateful he was my Mentor and that he still continues to be a very important person in my life to this day.”  

Upon completing her traineeship with ANZ Abby decided to take on another traineeship with IT solutions provider, IRIS Computing Pty where she studied a Certificate III in Business Administration. She now works at the company on a full-time basis. 

“Traineeships have inspired me to keep striving, to keep working hard and reaching for success. They are so important because they teach you what working in the real world is like and they give you an opportunity to go out there and give it a crack. 

My traineeship with ANZ gave me a life-time of skills and now I am working at an amazing company. An opportunity I would have never taken if I hadn’t have done my school-based traineeship with ANZ.” 


We are embarking on a nationwide recruitment drive to fill a number of school-based traineeship opportunities for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students currently in year 10 and looking to take on this opportunity as part of their Year 11 and 12 studies in 2021-22. These opportunities will allow young people to gain valuable industry experience at ANZ bank to give them a head start in their careers post-high school.

The roles are located across Australia, for more information please visit: https://lnkd.in/dETQjyK

Date: 22 September 2020

Image: Abby Watson

Author: Marissa Pagliarello