Convoy for the Cure – Townsville

Townsville residents come out in force every May to raise valuable funds to help find a cure for a rare form of children’s brain cancer. This year, Careers Australia joined in the fun and sponsored a large truck in the annual Convoy for the Cure event.

Convoy for the Cure is an event comprised of trucks and motorbikes who take part in a parade for almost 30 kilometres through the heart of Townsville. This year the convoy raised $42,000 for research into Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) an aggressive form of brain cancer.

Tracey Frost – Careers Australia Townsville Trainer

Careers Australia trainer Tracey Frost has a love of all things ‘truckin’ and she organised banners to dress up a huge Mack truck that was driven by her husband Steve. Tracey and Steve plan on attending the event next year and becoming fundraisers too.

Tracey said “I love the feeling you get with the spirit of the community. I am proud to be part of Careers Australia Townsville as they get behind something as wonderful as raising money for such a great cause.”

Recently, electrical construction company Appselec has expanded into Queensland.  The company has had rapid success securing prestigious projects in Brisbane, including 300 George Street and 111 Mary Street. Appselec’s major clients include Multiplex and Watpac. Master Electricians Training was engaged as Appselec’s exclusive Queensland training provider after a competitive process where several training providers were interviewed on numerous occasions by executive management. Since selecting Master Electricians Training in Sept 2016, Appselec has 9 active apprentices with more to come. 4 of the 9 apprentices have come out of the Master Electricians Training Cert II programme. The success of these apprentices is proof that our strategy in the pre-vocational space provides valuable apprenticeships to students.

Did you know? 2064 students commenced courses with Master Electricians Training in 2016!

​Tuesday 7th March was unforgettable for the Kavanagh family as mum Jody and daughter Chrystal crossed the stage to receive their Diplomas of Nursing from Careers Australia. Like mother, like daughter, these graduates have a special bond after supporting each other in the classroom and at home on their education journeys.

Both mother and daughter were inspired by each other as they progressed through their studies. Chrystal said; “When I finished high school I didn’t feel ready to go to University alone. I have always been really close to my mum and I have a passion for nursing so when mum decided to enrol with Careers Australia it seemed like the obvious choice to join her.

“Studying nursing has changed my life by opening up lots of learning experiences and the opportunity to live my dream as a nurse. I have been offered a job in the ICU ward at the Mater Hospital and I am so happy.”

“We both have a passion for helping people” said mum Jody. “I’ve always wanted to be a nurse but family commitments were my priority. I found as my kids got older I had the time to commit to further study. When Chrystal showed an interest in studying with me I knew we would both gain so much from the experience, I knew it was the right time.

“I recently started working as an enrolled nurse at a specialist practice and the other week I said to a patient “Hi I’m Jody and I’ll be your nurse today.” I stopped and looked around waiting for a real nurse to come in but no, it’s me! I realised at that moment, I am living my dream!”

National Program Manager for Nursing Susie Gray said demand was outstripping availability in Careers Australia’s Diploma of Nursing course nationally.

“We offer the diploma at five campuses across the country with about 2,500 students enrolled but regulation limits the number of students we can start each year and we have waiting lists,” Ms Gray said.

“Hospitals across Australia always need healthcare professionals but the ageing population and increased complexity of health needs will see even more demand for highly-skilled, well-rounded nurses.

“Nursing is a largely future-proof career and there are great opportunities for both school leavers and those looking for a change of direction just like Jody and Chrystal. It’s not an easy diploma but it is extremely rewarding.”

Samantha Harrison recently graduated with a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. Samantha took advantage of Careers Australia’s flexible learning options to study while she worked part time at a local child care centre. Samantha said her experience with Careers Australia has been life changing.

“I was given four years to complete my Diploma but I was inspired to finish it ahead of schedule as studying brought out in me a new thirst for knowledge, a desire to no longer be average but to be the best I can be.

“The training helped me immensely in my role as Lead Educator as every unit I completed gave me knowledge and strategies I could use in my work. Every skill I gained made sense to me and allowed me to develop a more thorough understanding of the children I work with.

“The educators at Careers Australia encouraged and supported me to gain a real-world qualification and I have now become a mentor to others in the centre I am employed in. The practical components of the course have set me up for success in my future employment as I am able to put theory into practice seamlessly.”

Samantha is yet another example of how our educators inspire and support students to dream, believe and achieve.

​On March 2nd, together with the help of George Calombaris, the Australian College of Applied Education (ACAE) announced that it is expanding its multi award-winning Culinary Arts and Hospitality courses with a second campus in the heart of Melbourne.

George Colombaris ACAE

Operating for over twenty five years in Perth, ACAE’s Melbourne campus is well positioned to meet the growing demand of domestic and international students seeking industry-relevant training.

The launch was a great success with Rohan Wills, Manager of Culinary Arts ACAE and George Calombaris, ACAE ambassador introducing ACAE’s award-winning courses to the Melbourne audience.

ACAE Melbourne looks forward to welcoming its first students through the doors on April 24th.