Open the Palace

Picture Courtesy of: Rob Duncan/The West Australian


It’s just three days until Central is transformed by the Fringe fiesta as Noodle Palace do their thing throughout the classrooms and gardens of the 25 Aberdeen Street campus.

A good time to find out a little bit more by chatting to one of the founding fathers, Aaron Rutter…

When did Noodle Palace form?

It was in 2012.  I was working at the JumpClimb office on Beaufort St with Paul Fletcher.  We were already involved in events and music promotion etc. and decided we wanted to continue in our quest to make things happen in this city of ours and formed Noodle Palace, teaming up with producer/performer Tomas Ford.

How did you get the name?

At the time the JumpClimb offices backed onto an old, quirky and relatively unknown factory producing noodles and we thought “Yeah, let’s use that”. We added the Palace to reflect the cabaret style of shows that we produce and naturally bring a dash of glamour.

Where did you start out?

Our first location was literally a house on the corner of Beaufort Street and St Albans Avenue, where the location was voted Best Independent Venue of the 2013 Fringe.  Last year we were at the grand old Piccadilly Theatre in the City.

How did you get to come to be at Central?

We’ve now understood the importance of air conditioning.  No, seriously, I was over at the Edinburgh Fringe looking to source acts and  I noticed that their festival had been utilising local education institutions for years and I thought it would be a good idea to try and introduce that to the Fringe.  It’s fantastic that it got to happen so quickly. We are thrilled to have a home at an Institute in such an ideal location for Perth Fringe Festival and one with such a rich history of training in the arts.


The Central building has been transformed into a bustling four theatre space, complete with rooftop bar and plays host to 64 acts and over 300 shows across the next five weeks.




Keeping the Flame Alive

Central’s Broadcast TV students have been awarded a certificate of appreciation for their work for the Children’s Leukemia and Cancer Research Foundation.

Lecturer Peter Wharram and the Broadcast Television team received the award for their support and participation in the Keep the Flame Alive Dance for a Cure & Guinness World Record held earlier in the year for children with cancer.

Perth made its way into the record books for making the Worlds Longest Awareness Ribbon in April. The Children’s Leukemia and Cancer Research Foundation worked with schools and families across WA to sign segments of yellow ribbon with messages of hope and support for sick kids.

The segments were sewn together to a world record length of 1,940 metres in order to help raise awareness for the need of continued research into childhood cancers.


New Scholarships for Central Students

As part of Central’s Anti Poverty Week conference, Deputy Premier and Minister for Training and Workforce Development, Kim Hames MLA and Executive Director of the TDA National Scholarship Foundation, Theresa Collignon, presented Mick Young Scholarships to Central students.

This is the first time Central has offered the scholarship program to its students, which helps recipients such as Peter Simpson balance life and study.

A desire to help his elderly father, while also giving something back to the community, prompted Peter to study aged care, but financial issues left him struggling to continue his qualifications.

A financial boost in the form of a Mick Young Scholarship will allow Peter to complete his course through Central.

Peter Simpson with KimHames and Theresa Collignon
Peter Simpson with Kim Hames and Theresa Collignon

Peter was one of 25 Central students presented with a Mick Young Scholarship by Minister Kim Hames at the Central’s Northbridge campus.

“These scholarships are awarded to students who are motivated and driven to complete their qualifications but need financial assistance to do so,” Dr Hames said.

“By gaining relevant skills through training, individuals from across the social spectrum can follow their selected career pathway and establish a solid foundation for their future.

“A lack of access to education and training can have a major impact on a young person’s future, so initiatives like the Mick Young Scholarships are important in ensuring they can work towards gaining necessary skills and qualifications.”

Worth $500 each, the scholarships are a joint program, co-funded by the TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) National Scholarships Foundation and the Central Institute of Technology to help students facing financial challenges.

Plans are under way for Central to continue working with the TDA National Scholarships Foundation to extend the program’s availability to more students.

       Fact File

  • Mick Young Scholarships, provided through TAFE Directors Australia National Scholarships Foundation, were first offered in 1997
  • A former shearer, Mick Young was a senior Federal politician who raised funds to help students complete their education
  • The scholarship was established in his name to assist disadvantaged children and adults in pursuing their education opportunities

Photography by Shaireen Vantuil

Central swamps Expo

Central reflected the biggest ever Skills West Expo by having our largest ever presence in the history of the career showcase.

The Expo is so large this year because it is also hosting the national finals of the Australian WorldSkills competition.

On the first day alone, over 3000 people visited the expo, including the Minister for Training and Workforce Development Dr Kim Hames MLA.

Central is out in full force, showcasing the great range of training courses we have to offer and the opportunities they can lead to.

Whether potential students are interested in business, creative arts, engineering, construction and mining, health, education and community services, IT, science, sport or tourism, Central’s stands offer an experiential and engaging introduction to each course.

Central staff are very easy to spot, sporting striking ‘hands on’ branded shirts made specifically for the Expo and taking our brand to all corners of the mammoth Convention Centre.

(Photos courtesy of Chi Hang Ho)

The Skills West Expo runs at the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre until 20 September. The following day, the Institute will find out whether our four students finish in of the WorldSkills medal spots. They are:

Natasha Webster – Beauty Therapy

Allyana Goff – Web design

Jason Nesbitt – Jewellery Design

Jennifer Newby – Jewellery Design

Good luck you four.




Get busy with Central at Skills West Expo

Central has a huge presence at the 2014 Skills West Expo, a free training and career expo open to the public. We have over twenty interactive activities hubs throughout the Expo – so keep an eye out for the orange! You can find out what our students actually do while you gather career and course information.

SkillsWest Expo career and course activities

The Expo is on at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre from 18-20 September. Come by and try your hand at these activities.

Try out SIX of our activities and you can go in the draw to win a Go Pro Camera! Collect your entry form at any Central booth. Photo shoot anyone?

  • Beer goggles. Experience how it feels to be drunk and how it changes perceptions
  • Playtime! Try out the educational play activities developed for early childhood – experience what an education support worker would engage with on a daily basis.
  • Zimmer frame practice. Aged care experience – see how a hoist works and demos of manual handling and augmentative technologies. Find out how it feels to be in a wheelchair or use a zimmer frame.
  • Brush up on your toothbrush technique. Plaque disclosing and tooth brushing instruction
  • Travel the world! Interactive tourism quiz
  • Get a health check – REACH nursing students will be doing free health tests
  • Relax with a massage
  • Design a logo – show off your talent or put yourself on the cover of a magazine
  • Billy Blue – who is Billy Blue? Find out about the associate degree for interior design and decoration by speaking with current students and participating in a number of small activities
  • Unleash your inner Block designer – see how design is created and how colour impacts on interiors
  • See the award winning furniture designs by students in Industrial Design
  • Try some coding. Learn a bit about web design too
  • Play arcade games built by Central students
  • See how an outside broadcast really happens with Boom Radio
  • Join a photo shoot
  • Make music on a Mac – taster of how music students work 
  • See a live television demonstration recording techniques using multiple cameras being switched by a vision mixing desk. See yourself in the set of a popular television shows
  • Put yourself under the microscope – take a swab of your check or a strand of your hair. 
  • Smarties in the lab Chemistry demo – see what colours are used in making Smarties.
  • Bugs under the microscope
  • Learn to classify and test soil 
  • Find out what a Herbarium is…?
  • Take a closer look at an electronic vehicle created by students.

More about Skills West Expo
> Courses at Central
> This year’s Skills West Expo is coinciding with the 2014 WorldSkills Australia National Competition. Find out more about WorldSkills Australia


Event organiser takes the limelight

Alisha Cassidy has packed a lot into her 18 years and the latest milestone was being named Central Institute of Technology’s 2014 Student of the Year last night.

Alisha, from Quinns Rocks, was presented with the honour by the Hon. Michael Sutherland MLA at Central’s annual award night at the Empyreum in Northbridge.

Since the beginning of high school Alisha has known that she wanted to pursue a career in the Tourism & Events industry.

She began her journey by organising dinner dances, school balls and other school community events.

Now completing a Diploma in Events at Central, Alisha has shown considerable drive and ambition having already completed 20 volunteer jobs in the industry.

With an ultimate goal of working in events for the fashion world, Alisha chose Central because of its hands on teaching style and the fact it ensures graduates have had work experience.

Alisha emerged as the winner of overall leading student of the year after securing top honours as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year for 2014.

Her work as an ITAS tutor to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students is testament to her community minded nature.

Once qualified, Alisha’s dream is to use her skills to showcase Aboriginal artists and designers. She believes people will gain a better appreciation of the rich cultural heritage and the talent here in WA if there is a better platform to foster talent.

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Photography student Craig Bush joined Alisha as a winner securing the Vocational Student of the Year (Diploma) category.  Craig has received numerous awards of late, including silver distinction honours at the 2012 Australian Professional Photography Awards

Other winners on the night included Krystal Tobias who won Vocational Student of the Year for those studying at Certificate level.

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Krystal is currently completing a Diploma in Events and hopes to go on to work in the stage management field of the events industry.

‘I’ve gained so many skills from the course that I didn’t even know existed, from learning about the different courses of a degustation meal to being able to tie a clove-hitch knot in staging and lighting”, said Krystal.


Trainee of the Year for 2014 is Laura Nowlan.  Aiming to become a secondary school teacher, Laura is another young Central student with an incredibly mature outlook.  For example, she is studying Financial Services at the moment in order to have a niche specialism when ultimately applying for teaching positions.

In addition, she already has over 7 years of voluntary experience working with Fire and Rescue services and is coaching children competing in the junior championships.

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Brazilian born Ivi Oliveira was named International Student of the Year. Ivi is a graduate from Central’s Diploma of International Business program.  A course she is confident will both develop the skills involved in the analysis of international markets, as well as the personal attributes required to successfully engage in international business.

Education Support student Miriam Davids won the Best VET In Schools student category.

Miriam Davids

At just 18 years of age, Miriam, who was also awarded top VET honours at her high school, shows considerable maturity.  She balances study, work, and voluntary work and has even found time to become a qualified swimming instructor.


In the Access and Diversity class, Esther Vazquez Madrid was selected as a winner for the English as a Second Language (ESL) category.  Esther has coped amazingly well with a sudden move from Chile into a brand new country, culture and language.  As if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, she is also embarking on a career change with a move into the nursing profession.


Olivia Dhimitri picked up top honours for Student with a Disability.  An accomplished filmmaker, Olivia has overcome many physical hurdles during her time at Central. ‘I’ve felt my only ever option has been to keep going, and push through it, because it’s worth it and now I have a career”, she said.

Congratulations to all of Central’s winners and nominees.