Alisha helps put smiles on children’s faces for one big day

Alisha Marshall, a retail baking student at North Metro TAFE, has been helping create treasured memories for some very special children.

Volunteering her services for the last 18 months, Alisha has been coordinating the WA section of Cake Angels, a network that donates custom designed celebration cakes to children with serious medical challenges such as terminal illness, intellectual or physical disability, or victims of domestic violence or living in underprivileged circumstances.

Cake Angels, Alisha, plus her fellow student, have been working with support groups including Ronald McDonald House, HeartKids and Starlight Foundation, to organise a sweets table for over 3000 kids at the Perth Special Children’s Christmas Party.

Justifiably, Alisha is very proud of what she has been able to achieve.

“All the students and lecturers time, plus all the ingredients and equipment, have been kindly donated,” Alisha said. “Special thanks go to Patrick Contreras from Allied Mills, Heath Earls of Pinnacle and Tony Mitchell from Bakels Australia for their support and effort to bring these kids an experience they will never forget.”

The Perth Special Children’s Christmas Party is held at the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre on Saturday 19 November.

To see what an amazing day it will be, check out last year’s event at and go to

Lifetime Award for a Lifetime of Volunteering

Perennial volunteer Hank Koster was celebrated at a gala dinner at the Hyatt Regency on 11 May where he received a Lifetime Contribution to Volunteering Award from Volunteering WA.

If one man could epitomise the spirit of volunteering, you would be hard pressed to find a better candidate than Hank Koster.

‘Mr Hank’ as he is known to the hundreds of people he has helped over the years, has dedicated much of his life, a remarkable 54 years all up, to helping others.

Whether it be a tutor for the Read Write Now (RWN) program, a carer at the Albany Hospice, visiting inmates at the Albany maximum security prison or providing foster care, Hank humbly goes above and beyond the call of duty.

Hank arrived in Albany from Holland as a 23 year old with no English and a speech impediment. This experience formed the foundation for a lifetime of volunteering and a commitment to make a difference to the lives of people in need.

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To complement Hank’s award, Greg Elliot received the Western Australian Volunteer Award for Ethnic Communities for his work with Centacare and RWN, helping people from diverse backgrounds learn, work and prosper in the community.

A RWN volunteer since 2001, most of Greg’s students are refugees who face a myriad of barriers to learn and succeed. Greg teaches his students literacy and numeracy and is directly involved in changing their lives for the better.

Volunteering WA aims to build stronger communities by connecting volunteers to community organisations. It provides a range of resources, services and support so West Australians better understand the nature and scope of volunteering.

North Metro TAFE has proudly hosted the RWN volunteer program since 2006. The program caters to those who fell through the cracks of the school system and need help with literacy and numeracy, as well as refugees and North Metro TAFE students.

Graphic Design Gold

WorldSkills is like the Olympics for skills training and Central Graphic Design Production student Chris Williamson is one step closer to representing Australia following his win at the regional competition.

Earlier this year, Central hosted the 2015 WorldSkills WA Regional Graphic Design Technology competition for Cert III for Printing and Graphic Arts (Graphic Design Production) students.

The results are in and Central has come away with outstanding results proving our students are at the forefront of Graphic Design in WA.

Central students came first, second, third and fourth for at the regional competition.

The results are:

1st Place: Chris Williamson

2nd Place: Cody James Ballantyne

3rd Place: Claudia Donovan – Hicks

4th Place: Thitikorn Phuengkam

Chris Williamson will be presented his gold medal The Grand Ballroom at Crown Perth on the 1 December along with the other successful competitors.

Following his win, Chris will have the opportunity to represent WA and Central when he competes at the national WorldSkills competition next year for a chance to represent Australia internationally.

The high calibre of all Central Graphic Design Production students will be on display at the graduate show located at Building 4, 133 Newcastle Street, Northbridge on 30 November from 6-8pm.

Not only will the work of our graduates be on display, but also pizza from Stuzzico and a letterpress so you can print your own Christmas cards.

If you’re interested in attending the graduate exhibition, please RSVP to the GDP Exhibition Facebook page by the 25 November.

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Two big wins for Central

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.


More Than Afternoon Tea

Deciding the right type of study can be an intimidating prospect, which is why Central created Open Arvo, to illustrate all that Central has to offer. Future students can discover not only which course is right for them but also what studying at Central will be like.

Running from 3 – 6.30pm on Wednesday 2 September, this year’s Open Arvo gave future students the opportunity to explore the Northbridge campus, speak to lecturers and students and get hands on at an array of interactive stands..

Free coffee, free massages, a 3D printer, an electric car, beer goggles and free health assessments were just some of the things on offer and the sheer range of activities and information kept even the most hard to please informed and entertained.

No matter what you’re interested in, Central has something to spark your curiosity, whether it’s art, media, science, business, design or anything in between.

This year’s event was no exception with every study area pulling out all the stops.

As always, one of the most popular activities was the free five-minute massage from the Remedial Massage students. A free massage is something rarely turned down and our massage students were kept very busy with people wanting to sample their skills.

The best way to get a feel for the campus and its facilities was to take one of various campus tours. The tours demonstrated what to expect from various portfolios if you choose to study at Central. There was the CUT Mine tour, Central Vibe Fitness Centre tour, Fashion Department tour and all manner of work lining the route of the Art and Design tour.

Apart from the displays and activities, the afternoon featured music from singer/song writer Mat Cal, and alt country troubadour Ruby Boots.

If you’re looking to study and missed out on the Open Arvo, or attended and want to know more about what Central has to offer, please see our range of courses at the Central website.

Applications are now open for Semester One 2016


Speed dating works for career counsellors

Central’s fourth, annual VET Breakfast on Friday was an information session with a difference. In an attempt to freshen up the event, this year featured a rapid circulation format, with Central’s Portfolio Managers moving from table to table sharing insights into their changing course offerings, in particular the pathways to higher education and VET courses.
Guest speaker was Central’s current student of the year Meah Spiridonidis, who detailed her story of transitioning from the corporate world to the fitness industry.
“I recommend a training pathway because of the practical and theoretical way it provides you with skills that mean you are job ready at the completion of your studies. I value my university education but believe my training at Central has been paramount in my success and enabling me to follow the right path”, said Meah.
The early start did not deter the 65 high school counsellors and principals in attendance. In fact, the event received very positive feedback in follow up surveys. The speed dating format was highly favoured and 100% of respondents said they would lock in a date with Central again.