For many young people, the transition from school into the workforce can be overwhelming.
During the time Alysha* attended MacKillop Education, she was
encouraged to not only engage in her learning, but also develop life
skills that would prepare her for the next steps after school.
“I got encouraged every day to make good choices with my life,” says
Alysha. “Through practical learning experiences, the teachers and staff
helped me to get ready for the future, my first job and learn how to
Last year, MacKillop Education’s VCAL (Victorian Certificate of
Applied Learning) Program included a pop-up soup kitchen, which was
designed to help students develop skills in planning and organisation,
and to encourage them to creatively problem solve.
Alysha now works in hospitality and credits the program for providing
her with the skills to achieve employment and independence.
“One of the skills I learned from the project that has been useful
was using my time efficiently and working under pressure. Being able to
receive feedback, whether it was positive or if it’s something that
needed to be improved, has been very helpful,” said Alysha.
“Having more than a dozen coffees to make in a short amount of time
prepared me for my current job, as I’m now able to make lots of coffees