Central and one of its Community Services graduates secured had a couple of major wins at the WA Training Awards on Friday evening at the Convention Centre.
Training Minister, The Hon Liza Harvey MLA attended the event which is hosted by the Department of Training and Workforce Development.
The WA Training Awards recognise and reward outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students, and the contribution to training made by trainers, training organisations and employers.
The Jumpstart training program designed for Foyer residents won top honour as WA Training Initiative of the Year. Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling) student Katherine Haag won the highly competitive Vocational Student of the Year prize.
Jumpstart has been a highly successful first step back into training for young people who have a history of difficult experiences with education. Focusing on career development, independent living skills, numeracy and literacy, lecturers work closely with Foyer case managers to create an individual pathway plan for each young person, focusing on their interests and goals. It is a unique Central creation and well worthy of state recognition.
“Very few times in the life of an organisation does something happen that galvanizes it entirely. Foyer Oxford is one such occasion where every single member of staff at Central is incredibly proud to be part of this initiative. And to know that our Jumpstart program is contributing to the engagement of young homeless people in education, employment and training and subsequently independent living, is immensely gratifying”, said Central MD Neil Fernandes.
Vocational Student of the Year winner Katherine category realised Community Services was the path for her following some challenging times of her own. Completing work based training for the Diploma, Katherine is inspired to help people to overcome their financial hardship and break the cycle of poverty. She is now studying social work and social policy at university.