It takes more than a pandemic

Easter holidays may have started a week early for young people at the AITC this year, but it hasn’t stopped  the sign ups from happening. 14 young people across three AITC campuses were signed up into apprenticeships and traineeships over the three-week break between Terms 1 and 2.

Despite economic uncertainty, many businesses are operating as usual, and some are even busier than they were before the COVID-19 crisis hit. Young people have been signed up into a variety of industries, including hospitality, carpentry, hairdressing, plumbing, business, and meat processing.

College staff are doing everything they can to support young people and employers during this uncertain time, which has included delivering industry outcomes for young people even if they look a bit different.

Many small businesses have chosen to take on an apprentice now in preparation for expansion as we move beyond the pandemic. Other industries, like disability support, are just as busy as usual, as their clients require services all year around, despite the circumstances.

While the COVID-19 pandemic will hopefully be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the crisis is preparing young people to face and overcome adversity in their future careers. Young people attending school now are adapting and overcoming new challenges every day, whether that be navigating Learning From Home programs, finding different ways to connect with industry and their peers, or looking for new outlets to enjoy downtime.

While it is a stressful and uncertain time for many, we are confident in the abilities and resilience of our AITC young people, and know they will come out the other side of the crisis with skills they may not have otherwise developed. It will take more than a pandemic to stop the AITC!

Click here to view the AITC’s recent sign ups across all campuses.