Chris left school at 12, spent 12 years in a violent relationship which left her with an acquired brain injury and is now the sole carer of three children with…

Sony

Sony comes from a background of extreme adversity. Orphaned and made sole carer for two younger siblings in her teens, she had little opportunity to access education in her home…

Ghazal

Ghazal arrived by boat to Australia in 2013. She had no desire to leave her Iran but she wanted to be reunited with 7.5-year-old daughter who was in Australia. On…

Tess

Teresa worked for the same retail business for 26 years, ever since she left school. But then the store closed and Teressa was made redundant. Despite this, she has always…

Loran with a bunch of carrots

Loran arrived in Wonthaggi with just her car, her baby and a couple of bags of clothes. After seeing the horticulture course in the Bass Coast Adult Learning (BCAL) brochure,…

Kitti

Kitti moved from Thailand to Australia in 2016. Like many migrants, Kitti had tertiary qualifications in Thailand that were not recognised here in Australia. She also found that her limited…

Amos

Amos was referred to the Australian Institute of Social Relations to get the skills and knowledge he needed to gain employment as a lived experience peer worker in the community…

Tegan with her certificate

Artlife, a program at Footscray Community Arts Centre, seeks to engage artists with a disability in collaborations with professional artist facilitators. Teagan initially connected with Artlife to develop her visual…

Portrait of Kylie

Kylie certainly knew it was her time to gain employment skills, when she walked through the Inverell Community College Campus doors. The Inverell Campus Coordinator first met Kylie as a…

Anita joined The Deaf Society under the SLES (School Leaver Program) through NDIS funding where she was mentored for employment support and to assist with building her confidence in the…

Kari and her dog

Kari was a stay-at-home mother of two and domestic carer.¬† Japanese is the predominant language that she and her family speak at home. Kari knew some English, having lived in…

Person walking

Rachelle connected with the Libraries Tasmania Adult Literacy program in 2017. She wanted to work in childcare but wasn’t confident enough to do the study required. She worried that she…