ICT traineeship was the career move Denzel needed
- Last updated:
- 13 December 2022 3:06PM
- First published:
- 13 December 2022 2:55PM
In the future, 21-year-old Denzel dreams of handling cyber security for the Brisbane Olympics in 2032.
But for now, he is hoping to land his first professional job, after completing an ICT traineeship over the past 12 months at Smart Services Queensland.
“I didn’t know anything about IT when I started but after a year of the traineeship, I definitely feel ready to go into an IT role,” Denzel said.
While Denzel gets on-the-job experience troubleshooting IT issues for Queensland Government staff, he is completing a Certificate III in Information Technology.
“It’s very family-orientated and everyone’s really supportive. I have a one-year-old daughter so there have been times when I’ve needed to take days off to look after her. Everyone has given me a lot of help with all my modules and showed me jobs I could apply for,” he says.
The traineeship has changed the way Denzel sees his life unfolding.
“Before I started the traineeship I was working at Subway and I wasn’t too sure about what I was going to do. Now, a year later, I feel more comfortable being able to provide for my daughter going forward. I feel like I actually have some direction in my life and something to work towards.”
For now, Denzel is waiting on news after a recent job interview for an IT role and is crossing his fingers he’ll get a phone call congratulating him on his first permanent job.
“I hope I can make a career in IT. It was definitely the right decision to apply for the traineeship and do it,” says Denzel.
The Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy offers traineeships across Queensland for people who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and are aged between 16 and 25. The roles are paid and offer on-the-job training. No prior experience or qualifications are required.
Find out more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeships.