Kick-start your career with VETiS

It is that time of year when secondary school students need to make decisions about the year ahead, as they work towards an exciting future in their chosen field.  For those in years 10, 11 and 12, the choice used to be “stay in school, or get a job”.  But does it have to be one or the other?  The pathways that previous generations navigated have now changed for the better, offering young people more opportunities than ever before.

Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) like Cire Training, now operate alongside other education institutions to help students find their own way to achieve their goals.

For students looking to kick-start their progression to employment, Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are a great option.  VET provides secondary school students with an opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification that contributes to VCE or VCAL. These programs are delivered by trainers with expert knowledge in the field and increase the employability skills of students.

I like coming here because it’s more hands-on, and it’s easier for me to learn that way, and it’s interesting and fun. – Grace

Cire Training provides flexible learning and extra support to help students succeed.  We draw on the depth of expertise we can access from across our broader organisation through Children’s Services, our Community hubs and Cire Community School.  At Cire, we use our extensive networks to provide students with unique opportunities for work experience, placements and industry knowledge while also studying.

We proudly offer courses that align with our community-centric stance and look for education options that will lead to a range of employment prospects for our students.   For young people considering their futures, qualifications in Community Services and Early Childhood Education and Care will see them graduating job-ready to address ongoing industry skill shortages.

At our recent VET in Schools (VETiS) event for local secondary school staff, Danielle Storey from the Eastern Innovation Business Centre discussed the “Care Economy”.  Referring to the World Economic Forum, Danielle reported that almost 40% of projected job opportunities in emerging professions are being created in care professions including childcare, eldercare, and nursing.

I like doing VETiS at Cire because it’s not a big class and very welcoming and fun.  Because it’s not big, it’s like a little community where we all know each other and its lots of fun. – Lexi

Cire Training’s team understands how daunting it can be for teens, supported by their parents/ carers, to make decisions that impact their future directions and pathways. We pride ourselves on our personalised approach, supporting individuals every step of the way. Our training team offers 1:1 sessions, to discuss how Cire’s VETiS program will provide opportunities for each student to achieve their best outcome.

If you’d like to learn more, please register your interest here, and we will contact you to arrange a time to suit your family.

Applications are now open for our 2022 VETiS course, click here for further information. To discuss your options in more detail, please contact Cire Training on 1300 835 235.


Working from home – a student’s perspective

COVID -19 has disrupted the lives of everyone in the world. While schools were closed and other support services were finding new ways of operating,  it’s important to still stay healthy both physically and mentally.

No chance to say goodbye

As humans we are social beings, being taken away from that social interaction hits most people pretty hard. Not being able to go see your friends or even just people at work & school can be difficult. I found it hard not getting out every day and seeing people at school. It can be pretty hard at some points as we go through this time being at home, there will be times where it’s hard and stressful, but you have to remember that feelings don’t last forever. Also making time to see people in person whether that’s a walk or talking over the fence, making time to still see different people is really important.

Thinking creatively and problem-solving

Working from home can be tough, and there will be times that you will have to think out of the box and come up with an alternative to something you are doing. For example, doing school work from home takes you away from that sense of being taught, and not having someone there to ask questions to in person. But there are some good things too like being able to be more concentrated on your work with fewer distractions, being able to get more work done and have time to really think about your work.

Organising your day

Being at home all day doing school work can feel like there are lots to do, making a solid plan/timetable of your day can really help with managing your work and getting it all done in time. Making time for breaks and snacks. I found that I needed to make time for a walk each day to get out in nature and have some fresh air. It is really important making yourself stay focused and motivated to get yourself through the day and getting the job done.

Trying something new

Trying something new that you wouldn’t usually do can be a great way to learn new skills and learn how to be better at existing skills. I have learnt how to write better emails and how to communicate online better. Also, I’ve enjoyed getting better at participating and showing up for online classes. I’ve also learnt how to manage my time and how to stay motivated.

Working at home can be difficult at times, but overall I’ve found it not too hard. And I quite enjoyed working from home and I’d be happy if I had to do it again.

VETis Tourism student 2020