Over the past 18 months Beth Lister (Year 12 Marcellin) has been completing a Certificate III in Sport and Recreation with the Australian Training Company, an external organisation who oversee a number of School Based Apprenticeship & Traineeship (SBAT) programs. An SBAT is a way students can combine paid work, training and school whilst gaining an industry recognised national qualification. SBAT students work part-time during the term and then complete additional hours in the school holidays, thus allowing them to complete a traineeship by the end of their HSC year. In Beth’s case, she will be graduating this year with an impressive resume that will include a HSC, Certificate III in Sport and Recreation, over 100 days of workplace experience plus a range industry recognised qualifications including her Bronze Medallion and Pool Guard licence.
Beth’s journey has required a tremendous amount of dedication and organisation in order to balance both the study component of her course as well work placement. She is currently employed by Bluefit as a pre-school swim teacher and lifeguard at Lane Cove Aquatic Centre. In the future, Beth hopes to study exercise science so the completion of an SBAT provided her with a unique view into the demands of the exercise and sports sector.
Throughout her traineeship Beth impressed her employer, Bluefit Leisure, who described her as “an amazing young woman who is very mature and well mannered. She works hard in every role”. As a result of her dedication in every aspect of the traineeship, Bluefit nominated her for the 2019 NSW Trainee of the Year Regional Awards. The application process is rigorous and Beth was required to submit a portfolio plus attend a panel interview. Obviously, the panel saw the same wonderful traits as her employer because Beth was awarded SBAT Regional Winner for the Central and Northern Sydney Region. As a divisional winner Beth will now compete for a place in the NSW SBAT Trainee of the Year award.
Unfortunately, Beth was unable to attend the regional award ceremony as she was competing in the Australian Marist Netball competition held in Alice Springs. In recognition of her outstanding achievements, Dr Ireland officially presented Beth with her trophy and plaques during our school assembly. As a community we would like to congratulate Beth on this wonderful achievement and wish her all the best as she begins her preparation for the NSW awards submission.
Ms Leonie Clarke, Post-school Pathways and VET Coordinator
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