Tess
Teresa follows her dream

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 gives back to her community

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 is a lifelong learner

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 has direction and purpose

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
Teagan is honing her craft

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 knew it was her time

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…

The world is Anita’s oyster

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 pushes beyond the comfort zone

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’s abilities have skyrocketed

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…

Portrait of Krithika
Krithika is open to learning

Krithika, her husband, and her young son, migrated to Australia from India nine years ago. She is a permanent resident of Australia and she completed her AMEP Certificates 1 and…

Fabien portrait
Fabien has a bright future

Fabien was born in Congo, and lived in a refugee camp in Rwanda for 22 years. Always determined to get an education, he knew it was key to a better…

Hayley in a red jumper
Hayley’s life has turned around

After leaving school in Year 10, Hayley joined the Skills for Education and Employment program at TAFE Mooloolaba. During childhood and through adolescence, Hayley experienced trauma, poverty, violence and homelessness….