You don’t need a uni degree to have a great career…

Mid-January saw many thousands of 2016 year 12 students receive first round offers into their chosen university course. To the students who didn’t receive an offer, congratulations on completing your final year of secondary education.

 “I want to congratulate every student who has received an offer but I also want every potential student to understand that there are very many paths to the career you seek.” Gayle Tierney, Minister for Training and Skills

University is not for everyone so for those who didn’t get through, or didn’t even apply, there are plenty of alternatives out there that can lead to a rewarding career. University is not the only pathway available to achieving a happy, successful and fulfilling career. There are many different options ahead for those not attending university. Whether or not it is the decision to head straight into the workforce, or the opportunity to travel and work overseas. For some it is the potential to seek further education and training at a local community based Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to study in a chosen field.

Passing your VCE is a massive achievement that you all should be very proud of. Now is the time to think about your career and plans for your future. Some professions are in high demand such as early childhood education and aged and community care. A growing ageing population has meant that many people have joined this rewarding sector. With parents now returning to work earlier, children’s services’ providers are hiring on a regular basis. Both these professions are obtainable by gaining a certificate or diploma.

Cire Training is a local RTO based in Mount Evelyn and Yarra Junction and offers courses ranging from a certificate II level to diploma level. Students can enrol, complete a certificate or diploma course and be qualified and working within 6 to 18 months. Many of the courses include practical on the job skills and experience through completing work placement hours and knowledge and expertise by attending classroom sessions.

“Our vocational qualifications are nationally recognised and will provide you with a pathway to further your career opportunities or prepare you to take an entirely new direction” Anna-Louise Allen – Manager Cire Education and Training.

Another pathway to consider is undertaking a traineeship, where a student can work within the industry and be paid whilst studying towards a qualification.

University is not the only option when considering further study; there are many ways to further your education and reach career goals. If you’re not sure what to do or where to turn, drop into your local RTO for a chat about what courses are offered and options for career pathways.

For more information about the courses offered at Cire Training, call 03 9736 1457


A career that won’t feel like work

Find the right career and it won’t feel like work at all

Mark Twain once said “The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.”  Ben Di Battista has achieved this.

Ben is 21 years old, he lives in Wandin and is so grateful for having managed to complete his Horticulture apprenticeship at the National Rhododendron Gardens in Olinda.  Upon completing it, his dream had come true, where his passion for horticulture had become his job.  The variety from one day to the next is what kept him energised and excited.

Today he continues to be involved in guiding and teaching work experience students and enjoys it so much that he is now studying with Cire in order to obtain his Certificate IV in Small Business Management in the hope that one day he will own his own nursery.

Cire Training encourages people just like Ben to turn their passion into a job.  Horticulture is an appropriate skill set to have in today’s economy.  It would create stability for future employment as food sustainability is growing in importance on a global scale.  Knowing how to manage a garden to not only be sustainable but to also produce food is a highly valued skill.

As stated by P. Wise’s research in 2014 titled Grow Your Own– The potential value and impacts of residential and community food gardening, Australia’s high rate of urbanisation means that most people experience a significant disconnect between their food production and consumption. Over several decades, suburban gardens have ceased to be major sites of food production and Australians reportedly have a declining understanding and appreciation of how their food is grown. Recent years have seen a renewed interest in the quality, provenance, freshness and price of food, driving a companion interest in Australians growing their own food at home or in community gardens.

Cire Training offers industry qualifications across Horticulture, Animal Studies, Early Childhood Education and Care, for further details on courses starting in semester 2 click here.