It's time to celebrate the thousands of students who are using their TAFE study to start their dream career.
Let's celebrate the mechanics - Ondre Lazell, Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical
Let's celebrate the picture takers - Deiter Dizon, Diploma of Photo Imaging
Let's celebrate the marketers - Jeremy Cheetham, Diploma of Marketing
Let's celebrate the actors - Madeline Lewis, Diploma of Acting
Let's celebrate the career changers - Jesse Sleeman, Certificate III in Aged Care
Let's celebrate the entertainers - Amy Sheppard, Diploma of Music
Breakout Brisbane band Sheppard started from humble beginnings; a TAFE assignment that called for a song with harmonies. Former Diploma of Music student Amy Sheppard invited her brother George to sing along with her on the assignment. Now Sheppard are one of the hottest pop acts in Australia. Propelled to success by their single 'Let me down easy', Sheppard received a platinum record for their self-titled EP and are the first independent act to hit the top of the ARIA singles chart in a decade with 'Geronimo'. Amy attributes part of her success to her time spent studying at TAFE Queensland and is grateful for the support and encouragement provided by the teachers who helped kick-start her career.
Let's celebrate the water tamers - Rechelle Gulliver, Certificate III in Plumbing Services
When Rechelle Gulliver finished high school she knew she wanted to work in a trade. After doing some research, she spoke to a plumber and gasfitter. "We had a chat about my plans and he offered me a part -time internship in his plumbing business on the spot." Rechelle started working a couple of days a week to get a feel for the trade. "It was challenging but that's what I loved about it, and it wasn't long before the owner of the company offered me an apprenticeship and I said yes." Rechelle's employer sent her to TAFE Queensland SkillsTech to start training for her Certificate III in Plumbing Services. "The teaching staff were great and created a supportive and positive environment," said Rechelle.
Let's celebrate the designers - Alice Litzow, Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Technology
Alice Litzow is tackling the cutthroat fashion industry head-on and turning her dreams into reality, one bikini at a time. The 21-year-old has just launched her first collection of customisable swimwear under the label AliceMay Designs. "I wanted to create a product where women can mix and match designs with fabrics and tops with bottoms to achieve a truly individual, one of a kind style," she said. Alice spent two years at TAFE Queensland, where she studied an Advanced Diploma of Fashion Technology and Design. "TAFE Queensland provided me with the practical skills I needed to start my own fashion label," Alice says. "My teachers are also industry professionals, so they understand fashion business.