HVTC 40th Anniversary - Cassandra O'Carroll

Cassandra O’Carroll completed her Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management through a School-Based traineeship with HVTC and Shoalhaven City Council in 2020.

Cassie initially decided to pursue a school-based traineeship in Conservation and Land Management to extend her knowledge and understanding in a field that she is deeply passionate about, as well as to meet industry professionals and earn a wage while studying.

A highlight of Cassie’s traineeship was having the ability to form close personal connections with the supervisors and other Council staff who she remains in contact with.

Cassie achieved some outstanding things through her traineeship, including making it all the way to the Australian Training Awards in 2020, where she was named as the runner-up for School-Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year. While completing her school-based traineeship, Cassie was also studying to complete her HSC, which she achieved outstanding results in as well.

Cassie believes that the Vocational Education and Training (VET) pathway really benefited her in giving her industry exposure and the ability to apply the theory-based work that she undertook as part of her training into a practical work setting.

“I am a huge advocate for VET. It has really opened my eyes to all the employment opportunities that are available, and it has absolutely transformed my skillset in the industry I am passionate about,” Cassie said.

“There is no better way to earn while you learn and get your foot in the door of the occupation of your choosing than with an apprenticeship or traineeship!”

Since completing her school-based traineeship with HVTC, Cassie has gone on to study Conservation Biology Dean’s Scholar (Hons) at the University of Wollongong to continue expanding her knowledge in the field.

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