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October, 2016
 
Northern Futures graduates are skilling up for work

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Northern Futures graduates are skilling up for work

Eight young Northern Futures participants qualified with a Certificate ll in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways (Business Basics) in October 2016.

One other participant wasn’t at the graduation ceremony because she had already started work at the Victorian Department of Education in her dream job as Koori Student Support Worker.¬†Another graduate was set to begin a traineeship with the City of Greater Geelong the next week and other participants had interviews scheduled in the near future.

All graduates were encouraged to be proud of themselves and what they had achieved.

For some participants the 12 week course was their first taste of training but, despite the challenges, they completed coursework, development friendships and can now look forward to the next step in their journey toward sustainable employment. Jackson McCarter, the only male of the group, received a Niall Family Scholarship to help fund his Northern Futures training. He told the audience he most enjoyed the industry visits and was now looking forward to utilizing his new skills to gain employment. 

Andrew Palmer from The Gordon told the graduates to expect to have a number of different jobs throughout their lifetime. But he said any job will build new skills and the most important thing was to find something to enjoy in each job and to do it well.

Thank you to our Northern Futures Industry partners who hosted site visits for our participants – Gforce, Viva Energy, City of Greater Geelong, Barwon Health, TAC, Barwon Child Youth and Family, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Gartland Real Estate.

And congratulations to all our graduates!

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