Our team

Our team is here to guide and mentor you on your own journey whether it be to further study, a new job or changing careers.

Susan

Susan
Manager, Skills and Jobs Centre

I’ve worked in education and the VET sector for over 20 years and have experience working with secondary schools, community organisations and on large industry projects.  As manager of the Skills and Jobs Centre and VET Delivered to Secondary Students program, an important part of my role is to ensure school leavers, community members and students have access to high quality, free, impartial careers and training advice along with a variety of opportunities to achieve their best outcomes.

Get in touch with me –
susan.pettigrew@swtafe.edu.au

Lauren

Lauren
Careers Advisor

I believe everyone has the opportunity to achieve their career goals and that every life experience will get you there.

I enjoy working with a variety of individuals and groups to support their career pathways. I have the skills to listen, guide and refer where needed so you can achieve your career goals.

Get in touch with me –
lauren.westhorpe@swtafe.edu.au

Michael

Michael
Careers Advisor

It’s my job to provide independent advice to all our clients on anything career and jobs based. No questions are too big or too small.

The best part of my role is being able to work with people to help bring out in themselves what career they are after. Everyone knows it, some just have trouble finding what it is.

Get in touch with me –
michael.absalom@swtafe.edu.au

Jo

Jo
Course Advisor

I bring a wide range of knowledge of all the courses on offer within SWTAFE. I also know all the ins-and-outs when it comes to course costs, student course fee help and visa requirements for funding.

My favourite part of my role is helping a client to get on the right pathway. Watching them succeed and go on to a successful career they love is so rewarding.

Get in touch with me –
jo.healey@swtafe.edu.au

Alex
Client Engagement Liaison

I’ll be one of the friendly faces that will greet you as you enter the Skills and Jobs Centre or chat with on our social media. I’m completing my careers counselling certificate so can help with a range of job application support, from resumes to interviews.

I am passionate about helping people and I work closely with the multicultural network to support people from diverse backgrounds in achieving their goals.

Get in touch with me –
alex.mellert@swtafe.edu.au

Kurt
Jobs Victoria Advocate

I support anyone in our local communities who need help with finding work, or struggling with the impact of unemployment, to find the information, advice and additional support needed.

I can assist anyone in the community looking for a pathway to employment, as a ‘connector’ for you to help reach your end goal.

Get in touch with me –
kurt.lenehan@swtafe.edu.au

Lee

Lee
Apprenticeship Support

The knowledge and experience I have allows me to support, guide and advise apprentices and employers across the south west.

What I enjoy most about my role, is meeting with and providing apprentices with the right information and support to ensure they complete their apprenticeship and become a valued member of the community.

Get in touch with me –
lee.martin@swtafe.edu.au

What they’re saying

I highly recommend the Skills and Jobs Centre. The staff provided me with support transitioning from VCE into the workforce. They went above and beyond assisting me to update my resume, complete job applications and provide interview skills. I wouldn’t be where I am in the workforce without the help from the Skills and Jobs Centre.

AshaAge 18, Transitioning from VCE

After taking time to care for my young family, I thought I wanted to study. After a chat to the careers coach I realised I had an opportunity to return to my previous career of 15 years. Their career guidance in setting me up with a strong application gave me the confidence. I’m now working 28 hours a week and I’m really happy.

KristiReturning to the workforce

At 64 years of age, it was all very daunting. I was so thankful I could pick up the phone or call into the centre any time. I had been a dairy farmer with my husband for 20+ years and I’d never written myself a resume or cover letter. I had also never needed to apply for online checks or sit an interview. With the help of a careers coach, I now work in a role I’m passionate about.

MerleAge 64, career change

With my job of 20+ years made redundant I was fortunate to meet up with a careers coach from the Skills and Jobs Centre. I received great assurance, current advice and support to develop the tools required to gain further employment. And I did! Their support was invaluable for me.

Former Fonterra WorkerSupport after redundancy

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Email skillsandjobscentre@swtafe.edu.au
Phone 03 5564 8515
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