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.

Sims in Real Life

Sometimes the best way to learn is not out of a book, but by getting stuck in and getting your hands dirty.

In 2015, VET in schools students studying Certificate II in Health Support Services are enjoying a more practical course delivery.

The new model features simulated work environments at the Mount Lawley campus including simulated hospital wards and the REACH clinic.

Simulated work environments allow students to practice different Health Support Service roles on a rotating basis, facilitated by their lecturers.

Over the duration of the course each student will experience being Team Leader, Ward Clerk, Infection Control Officer, Hygiene Technician, Transport Officer, Laundry Technician and Stores Technician.

The roles rotate every two weeks so each student can develop skills and experience a variety of Health industry tasks.

Students must work together to ensure each task is completed while filling in the worksheet checklists so it runs like a real health clinic.

To supplement their learning, students take part in a number of excursions throughout the semester including, completing their sustainability training at the GreenSkills Training Centre in East Perth, tours of the other Central campuses to see the other courses on offer and a community project with St Bartholomew’s in East Perth.

After completing Certificate II, students can progress to Certificate III in Health Services Assistance, as part of the VET in schools program and then onto further health related study.

Simulated work environments give the next generation of Health professionals the experience they need to apply their skills and knowledge in the real world.

For information on all VET in schools courses click here

ABC for Big Kids

Finding a career in the media is tricky at the best of times, especially without experience. Twenty Year 11 media students from across WA were therefore delighted to secure the opportunity to participate in a four-day internship with the ABC.

The top twenty media students were selected from two initial pools of 30 who undertook an introductory media course at Central over the school term holiday breaks. The internship opportunity was offered to the most promising students to develop their industry experience with the national broadcaster.

This is the first year Central has run this particular program with the ABC and we aim to run four each year. Two more groups have been scheduled for Semester Two.

Students in the introductory course were coached in the essential skills for work in the media. They learnt about TV studio and radio operation, camera work, editing, sound and lighting, as well as media policies and frameworks.

The three-day course not only focused on technology but also the logistics. Legislation, OHS and production paperwork were part of the diverse range of topics designed to educate and prepare students for life in the industry.

Feedback for the project has been overwhelmingly positive, particularly from the students.

“I just wanted to write to say thank you to you all for an amazing three days at the introductory course. This has just reinforced to me that a career in the media industry is all that I want to do and I now plan to complete an Advanced Diploma in Film and Television at Central once I finish Year 12,” said media student, Mitchell Harrison.

Without the right skills and experience, entry to an industry as competitive as the media can seem like a locked door. However, with the help of Central’s training and our collaborations with industry partners, we can help you find the right key.

More information about our Media courses

Inspirational Breakfast with Biggest Loser

Career counsellors and teachers from across the metropolitan area converged at Central’s East Perth campus for a breakfast with two inspirational guest speakers; Brett Martin, a Central employee who was also a contestant on the recently aired Biggest Loser Next Generation and Sofie Bosevski, Central’s Trainee of the Year.

Central staff member Brett Martin and his mother weigh in on The Biggest Loser Next Generation.
Central staff member Brett Martin and his mother weigh in on The Biggest Loser Next Generation.

Brett gave attendees an insight into the challenges he faced through The Biggest Loser contest and described his ‘lightbulb’ moment when he was given the opportunity to meet a personal hero, Shane Heal, former professional basketball player and current coach of the Sydney Kings. Brett’s subsequent determination led him to lose over 57 kilos through the reality television program, and he remains focused on reaching his target weight.

Sofie shared her experience of deciding to do a school-based traineeship in Year 11. She was given the opportunity to balance her schoolwork with a traineeship through Central, completing a Certificate II in Business within her first year of study, but it wasn’t without some difficult days.

“I can’t say it was a walk in the park, it was hard at first. I failed my first lot of units, I had no idea what I was doing and I was asked to redo them. By the second time round, I had mastered the assessment process and before I knew it, it was the end of the year and I had completed all my units”, she said.

“My long term goals are to become a manager in the next few years.”

Trainee of the year with counsellors
Sofie Bosevski (centre) with Mt Lawley counsellors Catherine Smith and Alana Young

Sofie’s VET counsellors from her former school, Mount Lawley Senior High School, Alana Young and Catherine Smith were attending the breakfast. Mount Lawely’s CareerLink program offers a pathway that combines employment experience within the high school structure.