Students of the Tasmanian Polytechnic have come out in praise of the organisation that has helped them get the futures they want – and their stories will feature in a new communications campaign.
The Polytechnic Student’s Speak Campaign is designed to educate, motivate and inspire others.
And what is the students’ message?
“You too can get the future you want at the Polytechnic!”
The Student Speak Campaign will show Tasmanians how their lives can be improved through gaining skills and qualifications to lead to success and fulfilment.
The most powerful element of the campaign is the inspiration to be drawn through the real-life experiences of Polytechnic students.
Check them out on television, radio or in the newspaper – or click on the links below.
Finance Student Joe Bugden's business is going from strength to strength thanks to his qualification with the Polytechnic.
"Study options as the Polytechnic meant that I was able to use the strengths and experiences I'd developed during my life, and balance my study with my family life while building up my new business".
Brady Shuttler - 17 years old
Brady never really knew what he wanted to do – but instead of dropping out of school he asked the Polytechnic to help him work a few things out.
He did Workplace Skills at the Polytechnic and went on work placements as part of his studies - one of the work placements turned into a permanent job, and Brady got the future he never knew he wanted but now loves
"The Polytechnic helped me find the right path and now I have an apprenticeship"
Orion Harris – 19 years old
Based on a mates recommendation Orion decided that a career in the electrical industry could be for him, He is now studying Electrotechnology at the Tasmanian Polytechnic. He loves the teachers, the other students and the skills he is learning. He hopes to one day use his trade to assist environmental sustainability and to go on and to have his own business.
“The Polytechnic has given just the start I needed”
Natasha Hill – 18 years old studying Agriculture
The winner of the 2009 School Based Apprenticeship at the Tasmanian Training Awards Natasha is already streets ahead of many other 18 years olds with four qualifications in agriculture already under her belt. She hopes to influence other young people and inspire others to go for it while discovering that farming can be cool.
“I have four qualifications and a career in the great outdoors thanks to the Polytechnic”
Bonnie Bickle – 24 years old
Bonnie decided she wanted to work outside, learn practical skills and wanted a workplace where she could take her dog! Certificate 11 in General Construction at the Tasmanian Polytechnic got her an apprenticeship and she is now on her way to having the career she wants.
“I learned practical skills at the Polytechnic that got me an apprenticeship in construction”
A survivor of the Rwanda genocide Aubert was forced from his homeland and sought refuge in Tasmania. He had no English at all when he enrolled at the Polytechnic but has gone on to obtain three Diplomas in Youth Work and Alcohol and Other Drugs Work. The next step he wants to take is to go to university to study Social Work.
“I had no English at all when I came to the Polytechnic and now have three Diplomas and a career”
Fiona had worked in retail for years but in late 2008 the financial crisis hit. It was less than a week before Christmas and the 44 year old single mother found herself out of work. Refusing to be beaten Fiona threw herself into full time study at the Polytechnic to build a great career in the Health Care industry ensuring her future stability.
“The Polytechnic has given me the chance to get a great career and future stability for my family"
After 17 years as a diesel mechanic Victor decided to change his career and fulfil his lifelong ambition. He enrolled in Eco Adventure Guiding at the Polytechnic and now gets to explore and show off our natural assets.