It's only halfway through 2020 but Bomaderry High School student Cassandra O'Carroll has already racked up her fourth award win this year.
Cassie last week was named School-Based Apprentice / Trainee (SBAT) of the Year at the Illawarra and South East NSW Training Awards.
It comes just two weeks after she won both the vocational education and training (VET) Student of the Year for her SBAT and the Overall VET Student of the Year for the 2020 Shoalhaven Schools Excellence in VET Awards.
She was also named SBAT of the Year in the 2020 HVTC Excellence Awards, announced earlier this year.
The 17-year-old is completing a Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management School-Based Traineeship with HVTC, while hosted to Shoalhaven City Council's Environmental Services Section for on-the-job training. Her training provider is Kiama Community College.
"I chose to apply for this traineeship because it aligns with the things I am already passionate about. I wanted to expand my knowledge of the local environment and the challenges it currently faces, so that I may protect it the best I can," Cassie said.
"I'd highly recommend any student do a school-based traineeship. The on-the-job training makes it really enjoyable and you get paid to learn.
"It's also a great way to meet new people. Since starting my traineeship I have joined the Tapitallee Water and Feed Stations Group who supply me with food, which I then cart out to animals in the bush. I'm also going free diving with seals in the holidays with some of the people I've met along the way."
Cassie is planning to study a Bachelor of Environmental Science and Conservation Biology at the University of Wollongong when she finishes high school.
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