Work Education Department




*Karen has a mild intellectual disability and first completed a Certificate I with Ignition Theatre and after graduating, joined a professional theatre company in a volunteer role, performing regularly.


Karen then decided she needed to earn her living and undertook the Certificate 1 in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations). She had several work placements in the Hospitality industry, and later obtained a permanent part-time position in a local hostel’s kitchen and dining room. Karen has now retained both her employment as well as her Performing Arts commitments for a period of several years. Karen would not have been able to pay for her second qualification if the 2012 fees had applied at that time.

* not actual name or photograph

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