Apprenticeship opened doors Sarah didn't know she wanted
SARAH Lacey did not even consider completing an apprenticeship when she was at school, admitting that back then females typically only undertook apprenticeships or traineeships in beauty therapy and hairdressing.
Believing it was her only option, Sarah initially started university training as an early childhood teacher, only to realise it wasn't for her.
Looking for a career that sounded interesting and matched her willingness to learn, Sarah signed up for an apprenticeship in electrotechnology that was advertised in the local paper.
"I have been fortunate enough to work with a really knowledgeable group of people and discover a career that I really enjoy - and that is an experience in itself," Sarah said.
The variety of learning models and experience that an apprenticeship has to offer was something that appealed to Sarah.
"There are constantly opportunities to be hands-on and get dirty while learning your trade, and at other times it's about reading regulations and getting the theory down pat."
Having had plenty of positive experiences during her on-the-job training, Sarah encouraged others looking for a career they can grow into to consider an apprenticeship.
"There are so many opportunities that can come from an Australian apprenticeship and each trade can lead down avenues such as domestic, commercial, industrial and mining," she said.
"You never know where this incredibly rewarding and satisfying path could lead you."
In 2011, Sarah was presented with the Queensland Rail's National Norm Dunshore Memorial Apprentice of the Year Award.
In 2013, she was named Central Queensland Apprentice of the Year and was a finalist in the same category at the 2013 Australian Training Awards.
"The Australian Training Awards showcase the best of the best and has inspired me to be better, constantly learning and improving in my trade," she said.
Sarah said she never wanted to stop learning and is currently completing her third qualification, a Certificate IV in Project Management, with the hopes of one day moving into the management side of her trade.
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