Former SkillsPlus VCAL student, the amazing Amy, upskills with a BRACE Certificate IV

Last year, after leaving high school due to difficulties adapting to the mainstream school environment, Amy joined SkillsPlus VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) in Frankston.   “I was struggling at my old school trying to pass year 11. The teachers and the school environment made it hard for me, so I moved to SkillsPlus where I went onto graduate with a year 12 pass. The teachers were great and there was never a day I would go to school upset.”   Amy enjoyed her VCAL experience so much that she decided to enrol in a Certificate IV in Education Support with BRACE.   “After Year 12 I wanted to study more and gain a qualification in something that I loved doing”, said Amy.   “I chose Education Support as a career pathway to help people. I never really knew wh ...

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Reece’s transition into employment

When Reece, an early school leaver, completed the Transition to Work program with SkillsPlus in Victoria, he took the next step towards employment with the jobactive team in Pakenham, but it took him some time to find his career path.   Transition to Work (TTW) is an Australian Government program providing intensive pre-employment support to young people aged 15 to 21. TTW aims to improve participants work-readiness to help them into work or education.   “Reece was an early school leaver,” said his jobactive consultant Kylie. “We explored various vocational course options and traineeships but nothing seemed to spark his interest”. Reece seemed to be disengaged and then began to work with Hnem, a member of Kylie’s jobactive team.   While Reece wa ...

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Meet Linda

After migrating from China in 2004, Linda found it difficult to find stable employment.   In the hopes of securing work as a Teacher’s Aide, Linda is now completing a CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support with BRACE.   For her placement, Linda has been developing her practical skills in the SkillsPlus classroom, helping our SEE (Skills for Education & Employment) students strengthen their English Language, literacy and numeracy skills.   Linda says supporting students from culturally diverse backgrounds is a good use of her own cultural background.   “I want to support ESL people as it is a good use of my experience coming from China,” said Linda.   Linda’s long-term goals involve upskilling with further qualifications to enable her to become a SEE teach ...

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Study session a win-win for BRACE and SkillsPlus students

Last month BRACE’s Certificate IV Education Support students and SkillsPlus’ SEE Program students united in the classroom for the ultimate study session.   The Certificate IV in Education Support provides a qualification to work in a range of education settings as a teacher’s aid.   The session gave students the opportunity to develop their practical skills while helping our SEE (Skills for Education & Employment) students strengthen their English Language, literacy and numeracy skills.   The SEE program provides accredited English language training, as well as basic and advanced literacy and numeracy training for eligible job seekers to help them in further study or in employment.   The SEE program caters for groups including youth, people with di ...

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Upskill or kick-start your career with BRACE

A Certificate IV in Mental Health or Disability is a great way to build on your current skills or start down a new career path.   For VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) teacher Susanne, having the additional qualification of a Certificate IV in Mental Health has paid off in the classroom.   “We live and work in a world where many people you meet are experiencing mental health issues,” said Susanne.   “As a VCAL teacher, I’m with students who, for a range of reasons, are taking a different approach to their secondary school certificate. The extra knowledge and skills have given me a better understanding of what may be happening for my students, and how best to help them learn and succeed.   “Some days as well as being a teacher I can also be a counsellor or ...

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