It’s at that point of the school year when your final exams are just around the corner. Not to mention the milestone event of graduating high school. For some, it may come as a relief, but for others, it may pose a daunting end to a life chapter.
It can be scary not knowing what comes next. However, this is when you realise that you must begin to find your own way in the adult world. Regardless of whether you have been looking forward to finishing school or are grasping onto the final days of routine and certainty, there are a few small qualifications that all school leavers should consider. They can make a great addition to your resume! Keeping reading to find out more!
1. First Aid Certificate
The First Aid qualification is a requirement for anyone who wants to be the nominated First Aider in their workplace. It is a beneficial qualification to have as it shows employers that you understand work, health, and safety (WH&S). This course is usually completed face-face, in the form of a practical workshop. First Aid is certainly something for school leavers to consider, particularly if you are interested in working in higher risk environments such as the construction or hospitality industries.
2. Working with Children Check (WWCC)
A Working with Children Check (WWCC) is a clearance to work with children for five years. It is a background check to deem whether you are eligible, responsible, and safe to work with or alongside children. Some employers require you to complete this certification, and if so, may reimburse you for the cost. This qualification is done online and is then checked by the NSW RMS.
To collect your WWCC, you will need to visit a Service RMS Centre, where they will provide you with a WWCC number. This can then be used to prove that you are eligible, responsible, and safe to work with or alongside children. This qualification is important if you are interested in working in childcare or with young people through your employer’s services e.g. tutoring.
3. Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA)
According to liquor and gaming NSW, the Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) is a qualification that deems you as responsible by the “means of serving and supplying liquor in a responsible manner”. Obtaining an RSA will allow you to apply for hospitality-based jobs. For example, a waiter in a licensed venue, or a bartender.
This course can be completed either online or via an organised workshop, usually run by a specialised training company. This qualification is usually completed in a day, regardless of whether it is undertaken online or at a workshop. It is important to note that this qualification does have a fee involved of $120-$150. Obtaining your RSA is particularly important if you are interested in working in the hospitality industry. Do keep in mind that you must be 18 or over to work with alcohol.
4. Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG)
According to liquor and gaming NSW, the Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG) is a qualification that “focuses on the detection of problem gambling”. As well as “the proper communication and management of patrons using gaming machines.” The RCG can be completed either online or via an organised workshop, usually run by a specialised training company.
This qualification is usually completed in a day, regardless of whether being undertaken online or at a workshop. Please note, obtaining this qualification costs around $120-$150. Most people who receive an RCG will already have an RSA. This is because the nature of RSG jobs tend to combine RSA guidelines. It is also important to keep in mind that you must be 18 or over the work with an RCG.
5. Barista’s Licence
A Barista’s Licence is a qualification that school leavers can consider obtaining if they are interested in the hospitality industry. This course involves teaching trainees the different types of coffee and how to make coffee from scratch. It is usually completed face-face, in the form of a practical workshop. There is also usually a fee involved with this qualification, however, it does vary depending on the training providers.
There are many other small qualifications that can help you get ahead of the competition. We suggest doing some research to find out what may be required in your chosen industry. If you’d like some guidance in determining which qualifications are best suited for your career aspirations, get in touch with our team today.