Growing stronger together

June, 2017
Business Basics graduates urged to think big and stay positive


Business Basics graduates urged to think big and stay positive

Our Business Basics graduates were urged to think big and be positive as they take the next steps on their employment pathway.

The ten member class graduated in June, with every student successfully completing a Certificate ll Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways.

The graduates were commended for their willingness to support and encourage each other to ensure no-one was left behind during the 15 week program.

Some graduates have already secured traineeships with Northern Futures industry partners, while others have chosen to complete further training.

Barwon Health’s Aboriginal Workforce Officer at University Hospital Geelong Sharelle McGuirk shared her own story of growing up in Geelong’s northern suburbs. She said education had helped her establish a career she could never have envisaged for herself as a teenager.

She encouraged the graduates to take every opportunity that is offered with both hands.

“Even if it is not exactly what you want, the experience will be worth it and will create opportunities for you,” Sharelle said. “Work opened up a whole new world to me and I make a point of paying it forward by helping others achieve their own goals.”

Graduates Kianah and Brianna explained the new skills they had gained in computer literacy and administration. They said they also developed confidence as they stepped outside their comfort zones, built friendships and learnt to work as a team.

The program included site visits to Northern Futures industry partners including TAC, Barwon Health, Viva Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Land, Water and Planning, City of Greater Geelong and The Gordon.

Congratulations to all our Business Basics graduates.