All is ship shape for school-based apprentice
Isabella Veritay-Richards is on her way to a shipbuilding career before she has even finished school.
Isabella discovered the Naval Shipbuilding College (NSC) after seeing a post by the NSC’s social media channels about career opportunities in shipbuilding.
“I joined the national Workforce Register and have been well assisted by the NSC,” Isabella said.
“During my initial career conversation, I was assisted by the NSC’s Employment Candidate Consultants who helped me select my SACE subjects, including a VET course which would be relevant to a future apprenticeship.”
In July 2020, Isabella secured a Boilermaker apprenticeship with BAE Systems Maritime Australia.
I commenced studying for a Certificate II in Engineering Pathways at Thebarton Senior College while completing Year 12,” Isabella said.
“I love that I can do my apprenticeship while still completing my SACE at Urrbrae Agricultural High School, while also attending Regency TAFE, as part of my school-based apprenticeship.”
Isabella describes herself as the sort of person who likes to do practical based work.
“An apprenticeship gives me the opportunity to develop my skills in these areas and build a career for my future in a dynamic and growing industry.”
The other school-based apprentices and Isabella attend work placement blocks at the shipyard during each of the school holidays.
“It is exciting to see the process of how ships are built at the shipyard – it is so much bigger than I had imagined.”
Isabella described feeling supported and secure knowing she can establish a lifelong career in the shipbuilding industry and is excited about the opportunities.
“As a female in a male-dominated industry, I wanted to work in an environment where I would be well supported while also having the opportunity to work in a state-of-the art shipyard on world-class programs,” she says.
“The people of BAE Systems Maritime Australia are passionate about their work and keen to support and encourage us apprentices”.
But most of all, she believes that she made the right decision in joining BAE Systems Maritime Australia.
“I believe there will be endless opportunities following the completion of my apprenticeship to expand my career at BAE Systems Maritime Australia,” Isabella said.
“I can’t wait to look at a completed project and know that I contributed to something so important.”
If you or someone you know are interested in knowing more about the job opportunities in Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Industry – from trades to PhDs – join NSC’s National Shipbuilding Workforce Register, so we can connect your with one of our Candidate Engagement Consultants for your confidential career conversation and help you find your pathway to your future shipbuilding career.