Cameron Jones began her culinary journey early in life, often shadowing her father in the kitchen as he practised the skills he learned in his commercial cookery classes at TAFE Queensland while he was training to become a chef.
Now, 17-year-old Cameron is following in her father’s footsteps and is already on the path to her dream career, after gaining her Certificate II in Kitchen Operations (SIT20416) through TAFE at School.
By obtaining a TAFE Queensland qualification while still at school, Cameron gave herself the head start she needed to able to jump straight into an apprenticeship upon graduating.
She is now well on her way to becoming a chef and said she loves that she is learning how to cook new dishes.
“My apprenticeship has been going really well,” Cameron said.
“I loved the practical side of my studies and it’s been great to use those skills to use.
“TAFE at School is a good opportunity to introduce you to what you’ll have to do in the workforce.”
Cameron’s dedication to her goal was recognised last year, with the now former James Nash State High School student receiving an overall gold vocational education award from her school and the title of the 2019 TAFE Queensland Student of the Year for Gympie.
Cameron was overwhelmed as she received the Student of the Year Award in front of her peers and parents, paying special tribute to her father and the role he played in her studies.
“I’d like to thank TAFE Queensland for this award, and my teacher Dan and my parents for their support,” Cameron said.