18-year old Lachlan Seddon from Currambine has come a long way since leaving school – completing almost five qualifications in Digital Technology, obtaining a Scholarship and securing a job as an animator.
“It’s hard to believe that the stuff I used to do on my computer in my bedroom at night is now the stuff I’m getting paid to do in a real, serious job,” said Lachlan.
Lachlan struggled academically at school, so after Year 10 he decided to put his interest in computing and art to good use and enrolled in the Certificate II in Digital Technology at North Metropolitan TAFE.
Knowing immediately that he’d made the right training choice, Lachlan continued on to study the Certificate III, IV and Diploma of Digital Technology at the Joondalup campus. Through an initiative set up by the college’s IT and Media department, he got the opportunity to participate in a two-week work experience program with a local training and technology company, Tap into Safety.
Tap into Safety’s CEO Sue Bahn said they were so impressed with Lachlan’s expertise and creativity during his work experience, they decided to employ him through a six-month Australian Computer Society (ACS) Foundation Scholarship.
“Tap into Safety required animations for a series of mental health early intervention videos for school students with topics like cyber bullying, risk management, negotiation and time management,” said Sue.
“Lachie was a stand-out straight away not only because he was young, skilled and motivated; but because he had the ability to animate in the style that we required under the supervision of our Creative Lead.”
Sue explained that Lachlan’s scholarship has been extended for a further six months whilst he completes the Advanced Diploma of Screen & Media and that Tap into Safety plan to offer him full-time employment at the end of his scholarship.
“Lachie is a clever and highly-motivated employee who has gone above and beyond what is expected,” said Sue. “His animations are creative and humorous and the videos he has helped create together with our Creative Lead have already been shown to over 300 local school children.”
Lachlan explained that animation work in Perth is hard to come by so he is proud that he has been able to achieve this at such a young age.
“I’ve never even had a job before so I’m pretty stoked that I’ve been able to fit so perfectly into my new role,” he said. “I’m enjoying my new found independence and even though at times the pressure is on, I love the fact that I can now support myself.”