Real skills for real careers case study: Jane Goodfellow
After losing hearing in one ear at age three, and then in her other ear in 2011, Jane Goodfellow was concerned she would have to give up her career as a VET teacher. However, this would not set her back and she has now spent more than two decades teaching and training others in early childhood.
"VET is a way for students to achieve their dreams," says Jane. "I’m especially inspired by those who overcome adversity to complete their course, such as those with disabilities, raising children on their own or facing cultural pressures."
Jane has completed a Master of Education with her research thesis on ‘including deaf children in mainstream schooling’. In recognition of outstanding achievements teaching VET, Jane won the 2017 VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award at the Australian Training Awards.
Real skills for real careers case study: Avidity Training and Development
“For me personally, it’s about being part of creating change in our industries, getting people to realise their qualifications and create real change in people’s lives.” Simon Wiggins, CEO of the 2017 Small Training Provider of the Year, Avidity Training and Development.
Avidity is a registered training organisation (RTO) operating in Tasmania offering 20 qualifications, from Certificate I to Diploma level, including in business, leadership management, community services, health support services, hospitality and retail.
Real skills for real careers case study: Jessica Baczynski
“My Australian Apprenticeship allowed me to fulfil my dreams of working on high fashion and catwalks within the industry.”
2014 ACT Apprentice of the Year Jessica Baczynski dream of a career in creative fashion came true thanks to her apprenticeship at the respected Cataldo’s Salon in Canberra. Since completing her Certificate III in Hairdressing through the Canberra Institute of Technology, Jess has worked at fashion festivals in Melbourne and Canberra, as well as on editorials and short films.
Real skills for real careers case study: Tyrone Pynor
“I never saw myself in 12 months going from a bank teller to film and television and that's all thanks to vocational education.”
Undertaking his Australian School-based Apprenticeship gave Tyrone practical experience of professional expectations, confidence and the chance to demonstrate his leadership skills. However, Tyrone realised that the business pathway was not his ultimate dream career. Wanting to pursue his passion for the creative arts, he successfully gained a traineeship with the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) studying a Certificate IV in Screen and Media.
Real skills for real careers case study: Jess Wooley
"Dad suggested that maybe I should do an apprenticeship and that’s pretty much when my whole life changed.”
Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador Jess Wooley has found herself working in a career that she loves after completing a Certificate III in Electrotechnology (Electrician) with SA Power Networks. Now a team leader, Jess sees herself doing further management training and perhaps some project management in the future.
Real skills for real careers case study: Rachel Bacon
After trying both university and vocational education and training (VET), International Sales and Business Manager, Rachel Bacon, found she thrived with the on-the-job learning that an Australian Apprenticeship provides. By completing an Australian Apprenticeship, a Diploma of Aeroskills (Avionics) and a Diploma of Management, Rachel is now working in her dream career in the aviation industry. There are many ways to succeed. Discover how Rachel gained real skills for a real career through her Australian Apprenticeship and VET qualifications.
Real skills for real careers case study: Matt Morrissey
A commitment to continual learning, together with a love of cooking for family and friends, was instrumental in vocational education and training (VET) graduate, Matt Morrissey’s decision to change his career to undertake a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery. Matt is now a Head Chef for the BentSpoke Brewing Company, something Matt describes as his dream role. There are many ways to succeed. Discover how Matt gained real skills for a real career through his Australian Apprenticeship.
Real skills for real careers case study: Nicola Lang
Nicola Lang never dreamt that she would undergo a complete career change in her late 40s. After completing a Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing) at TAFE Queensland South West, Nicola is now in her dream job as an enrolled nurse at St Andrew’s Ipswich Private Hospital.