Chloe’s journey with SkillsPlus and BRACE

  Chloe Paydon joined Transition to Work at SkillsPlus in May 2016. Her goal was to begin a career in administration after completing Year 11 VCE.   Chloe had previous experience working as a Census Field Officer, Teacher’s Assistant and Hairdresser Assistant, but had no qualification in business or administration.   Aruna Pandiri, Youth Coach at Narre Warren, believed that Chloe’s work ethic, reliability and communication skills made her the perfect candidate for a traineeship in administration at BRACE Education & Training.   She referred Chloe to the role of Training RTO Administration Assistant at BRACE, and helped her prepare for her interview and organise a Working with Children Check and Police Check.   The employer was very impressed by Chloe’s knowledg ...

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SkillsPlus VCAL students make the great shave!

On Friday 16th March, Gabrielle Limock and Bronwyn Kelly, two students from the Youth Education program at SkillsPlus, participated in the World’s Greatest Shave!   Gabrielle and Bronwyn took part in this fantastic cause and shaved their hair to help raise money to support people living with blood cancer. They were joined by family, friends, classmates and teachers, who came together to support them on the day.   Their goal is to raise over $2,000, and they are still collecting money, so donate now!   Well done to Gabrielle and Bronwyn, the team at SkillsPlus and BRACE are very proud of the contribution that you have made!   A special thank you to Grill’d Frankston for hosting this event and supporting our students to help raise money to beat blood cancer.   Donate ...

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Leanne gets a full-time job while studying!

Leanne Meo wanted to change her career path and pursue her passion for education, so she decided to enrol into the Certificate IV in Education Support at BRACE Education & Training.   Sandra Gould, who Leanne describes as “a very efficient and extremely knowledgeable trainer”, helped her secure practical placement at Kingsley Park Primary School, where she gained hands-on industry work experience.   Halfway through her practical placement, Leanne was offered a full-time paid position at Kingsley Park Primary School. BRACE’s flexible training allowed Leanne to complete her qualification, while working full-time and balancing her family life at home.   Leanne explains how studying with BRACE has made a real difference in her life, as she is able pursue her passion while gi ...

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Passport 2 Employment (P2E) recognised nationally

The National Disability Coordinator Officers Program works strategically to assist people with disabilities aged 14-64 to access and participate in tertiary education and subsequent employment. SkillsPlus is proud to host 3 NDCO’s in Victoria.   The NDCO for Western Victoria, Pam Anderson, proudly presented a program she has developed, in partnership with the Glenelg Transition Action Network and Glenelg LLEN, called Passport 2 Employment (P2E) at the Pathways 13 Conference in Canberra last year. She was chosen to present the program after submitting an abstract earlier in the year. Her trip was sponsored by SkillsPlus.   The Pathways 13 Conference brings together disability practitioners, NDCOs and a range of other professionals from across Australia, and students with disabilit ...

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Jewellery business creates awareness of Aboriginal Mirning culture and celebrates ‘Jidirah’

Tina Morrison began the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) program at SkillsPlus and BRACE in June 2016. She completed her small business management course with Paolo. She enjoyed the course, and describes Paolo as a “very knowledgeable trainer.” She explains “it was a great accomplishment for me”.   In August 2016 Tina opened her business, Ocean Jewels Dreaming, a jewellery and accessories line that incorporates the Aboriginal Dreamtime Whale Totem. She always had a passion for the arts, and was inspired to create her own jewellery line to create awareness of Aboriginal Mirning culture and celebrate ‘Jidirah’, the Great White Whale Sprit in the Mirning Aboriginal Tribe. Tina hand crafts all of the pieces in her line, and attaches a story to each one to educate people about the Gr ...

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