School-based construction apprentice Lili Leaney isn't afraid to break the mould. A nomination for the Queensland Training Awards School-Based Apprentice of the Year is just one accolade in a long list of accomplishments for this young achiever.
Lili Leaney isn't your average school student. Currently completing a Certificate III in Carpentry (CPC30211) through a school-based apprenticeship as well as two self-paced VET qualifications — a Diploma of Business (BSB50215) and a Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB51918) — she's well on her way to paving out a successful future in the construction industry.
Lili first became interested in pursuing a trade career after attending a VET in Schools (VETiS) presentation that showcased possible VET pathway options for high school students. Lili was ready to try something different and the VETiS presentation opened her mind to exploring a trade career.
Despite some initial uncertainty about being one of only two girls in a class of ten boys, Lili greatly enjoyed the course and quickly found she had no issues keeping up with the boys.
Lili’s teacher, Nick Stewart said Lili's skills were very impressive.
“She was well organised, always asking questions and continually worked at a very high level — she was an absolute pleasure to teach.
“Lili was always very focused and became an excellent role model for the other students. Her initiative in seeking out her own school-based apprenticeship inspired the rest of the class to seriously think about their own career pathways,” Nick said.
Nick was so impressed by Lili's attitude and enthusiasm he nominated her for the Queensland Training Awards School-Based Apprentice of the Year.
Lili believes her biggest achievement was having the courage to step up and start her apprenticeship. She said completing the Certificate I in Construction (CPC10111) gave her the confidence to find a school-based apprenticeship and also helped her improve in other areas at high school.
"Since I started my VET training my maths has improved a lot, especially any calculations involving measurements. I feel a lot more self-confident and less inclined to hesitate before having a go at something new," Lili said.
Lili’s time management skills have also accelerated since commencing her apprenticeship. Juggling an apprenticeship, Year 12 and two VET qualifications means that Lili needs to use her time well. She's worked out how to get the best out of each day and still manages to fit in socialising and her other interests.
Lili is passionate about what she does and believes her combination of qualifications will complement her future ambitions to build a successful career in the construction industry.