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

Susan has worked in education and the VET sector for over 20 years and has 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 her 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 Susan –
susan.pettigrew@swtafe.edu.au

Lauren

Lauren
Careers Advisor

Lauren believes everyone can achieve their career goals and that all life experience can get you there.

She enjoys working with a broad range of individuals and groups to support their career pathways. Lauren has the skills to listen, guide and refer where needed so you can achieve your career goals.

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

Michael

Michael
Careers Advisor

Michael will provide you with independent advice in all avenues of your career and job. No question is too big or too small for Michael.

The part that Michael loves the most about his role is helping people be themselves and identify what career path they are destined for. Everyone knows their passions and goals, some just have a little trouble finding what it is, and you can get in touch with Michael today to discover your next journey.

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

Jo

Jo
Course Advisor

Jo has a wide range of knowledge about all courses within South West TAFE. She is our course specialist with expertise in course fees, government grants, visa requirements and financial support.
Her favourite part of the role is helping a client get started on the right pathway and watch them succeed in a career they love.

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

Aimee
Client Engagement Liaison

Communication has always been Aimee’s greatest asset, and if you know her, you know that she is extremely passionate to help people reach their goals.

Aimee is the Community Engagement Liaison at South West Skills and Jobs Centre and she is here to ensure our community have access to education and job opportunities.

Aimee believes that everyone is entitled and has the ability to equip themselves to live a fulfilling and satisfying life, and can help you find your way today.

Get in touch with Aimee –
aimee.grinter@swtafe.edu.au

Jobs Victoria Advocate

JVA supports anyone in our local community who needs help with finding work, or is struggling with the impact of unemployment. He can help find the information, advice and additional support you need.
He can assist anyone in the community looking for a pathway to employment as a ‘connector’ for you to help reach your end goal.

Lee

Lee
Apprenticeship Support

Lee’s knowledge and experience of industries allows him to support and guide apprentices, as well as employers across the South West region.

Lee has a passion for meeting with apprentices and providing them with the right information and guidance to complete their apprenticeships successfully and become essential and valued members of our community.

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

Oksana
Pathways Administrator

Oksana is our Pathways Administrator.

She supports our new Job Victoria Advocate and the Skills and Jobs Centre.

Oksana is the first point of contact whether you are coming into SJC, calling or sending an email.

She is passionate about customer service and helping others.

Get in touch with Oksana –
oksana.yakushchenko@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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COLAC   |   HAMILTON   |   PORTLAND   |   WARRNAMBOOL
Email skillsandjobscentre@swtafe.edu.au
Phone 03 5564 8515
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