Amber is completing her Year 11 workload in three days per week, and spending the other two days completing a Certificate II in Government and a Public Sector Traineeship.
She told the Comment News that in a competitive process, each State department interviewed up to 10 students for placements and took only one.
Within hours of her two interviews, the departments of Housing Mines and Petroleum each offered her a place.
Mines and Petroleum was the natural choice for a student who has long been interested in the industry.
‘My supervisor said all of their trainees have been offered full-time jobs,’ Amber said.
Amber’s groundwork last year included completing the Chevron Powering Careers and Energy course, achieving the top grade.
She said juggling ordinary schoolwork, some of which was at Year 12 level, Certificate studies, homework and the traineeship was a challenge.
‘But I really want to get a job in the Department,’ she said.
Workplace Learning co-ordinator Terry Healy said enabling students to gain qualifications gave them hope for the future.
‘When you talk to them about what they like to do, what they’re passionate about, kids always switch on,’ he said.