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The BUSY School celebrates the success of their graduating students

There are very few high schools that invoke overwhelming praise from students, parents and teachers alike but, during the recent graduation period for 2022, this was the case for The BUSY Schools.

The BUSY School is an initiative of The BUSY Group, a not-for-profit organisation offering a range of apprenticeship, employment, training and career support programs. The BUSY Group has opened four BUSY School campuses throughout Queensland – in Cairns, Shailer Park, Salisbury and Coolangatta – and are set to open further campuses in 2023, including a Brisbane City campus opening in time for Term 1, January 2023.  The schools offer an alternative senior high education (Years 11 and 12) for students who are not thriving with traditional schooling. In a relaxed but supportive environment, they aim to re-engage students with education so as to complete their QCE and move onto career pathways or further study.

During the recent Year 12 graduation period for three of the four campuses (except Coolangatta which opened in 2022 for Year 11 students who will graduate Year 12 in 2023), 161 students graduated with their Senior Education Profile (SEP), with 62.1% graduating with their QCE and approximately 75% of them gaining one or more Vocational Education and Training Qualifications.

Many of the students had previously disengaged from schooling for a variety of reasons. One parent put it succinctly when discussing her graduating daughter’s progress since coming to the school, “If you had told me twelve months ago that she would be where she is now, I wouldn’t of believed you”.

Another parent, obviously welling with pride (and holding back the tears) stated, “I’m so proud of him, I couldn’t be more proud of him, the man he is today, my son!”

While one parent believes it’s the dynamic between the teachers and the students that is key, stating, “The teachers are more like friends than teachers. The kids get to be themselves, they can open up and be accepted for who they are”.

Graduating students also had many positive things to say about their school and the difference it had made for them. Just some of the comments from students included:

“It’s a great school and I’m not just saying that, it really is a great school. They’ve helped me so much and I’m so thankful to everyone here”.

“Never thought I’d say I would miss school but I’m definitely going to miss BUSY Schools”.

“There should be more of them. Everywhere there is a high school, there should be a BUSY Schools as well.”

Shane Blood, Principal at The BUSY School Shailer Park campus stated, “The best part of my job is coming here and seeing the interactions between the teachers and the students and just seeing how happy they are. The feedback from parents is very, very positive. They may have struggled to get their kids to school for many, many years. Since coming to The BUSY Schools, that’s not a problem for them anymore”.

Leigh Hollands, Youth Worker at The BUSY School Shailer Park, stated, “The students think they’re lucky for everything The BUSY School has provided. I think I’m lucky for what they’ve brought me since they started. To see the change in them, I think we’re the lucky ones!”

Some students spoke of how they struggled with the culture of traditional schools before moving to The BUSY School, while others spoke of how the teachers at The BUSY School gave them the confidence to try for subjects they previously considered themselves failures in.

“Learning math is important…but whether you pass or fail, that doesn’t affect your value as a human…” their math teacher asserted. This statement sums up what so many students seemed to appreciate about The BUSY School — a space where they feel valued and accepted for who they are.


Graduating Year 12 students celebrating with staff and family at their end of year formal.


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The BUSY Schools Salisbury Turns One!

The room was bursting with sounds of cheerful laughter, lively conversation and party horns being blown with uninterrupted zeal, as students and teachers gathered to celebrate the first birthday of the school.

The BUSY Schools Salisbury campus opened on May 19th of 2021, with just 11, Year 11 students. Almost half the school year had passed, and these first students found themselves completing an entire Year 11 syllabus in just over 6 months.

A year later, these students are just a few of the 121 students currently enrolled at The BUSY Schools, Salisbury campus. Since commencing, they have completed certificates in either construction or workplace skills, acquired first aid training, white cards, or RSAs, and—in just over 6 months, they will become The BUSY Schools Salisbury’s inaugural graduating class of 2022.

After a satisfying sausage sizzle, partygoers gathered for speeches prepared by some of their teachers and peers. Students spoke of how they struggled with the culture of traditional schools before moving to The BUSY Schools, while others spoke of how the teachers at The BUSY Schools gave them the confidence to try subjects they previously considered themselves failures in.

“Learning math is important…but whether you pass or fail, that doesn’t affect your value as a human…” their math teacher asserted. This statement sums up what so many students seemed to appreciate about The BUSY Schools Salisbury—a space where they feel valued and accepted for who they are.

Founding student, Mackenzie, had some advice for his fellow students: “I think this school is pretty good. I don’t know if all of you agree. I don’t care if all of you agree. But you’re all here now so get through it, and you’ll thank yourself for it later.”

After the speeches, a special ceremony took place—the introduction and naming of BUSY BEE, The BUSY Schools Salisbury’s new mascot. Students had placed their ideas for names into a hat, with suggestions such as Bazza and Jaquaviontavious among the contenders, and the crowd waited with bated breath as Principal, Liza Page, reached into the hat and picked out the winner—Michael with his BUSY BEE entry.

The crowd burst into laughter, and the smiles stayed on their faces as they ate a delicious cake—baked and beautifully decorated by their talented classmate, Jen. This was followed by rounds of classic party games. As some students guided their blindfolded friends through a makeshift obstacle course, others tried, and mostly failed, to Pin the Stinger on the Bee. An especial crowd-pleaser was Donut on a String, where teachers, from their perch on top of the stairs, dangled donuts above the heads of their students, who attempted to eat them without the use of their hands.

“Today was insane” grins Xero, who moved to The BUSY Schools for Year 11. “Also, it was a pretty fun thing to do.”

The BUSY Schools is a unique environment where students who have disengaged or are at risk of disengaging from traditional schooling can continue to work towards their QCE with support and understanding while finding their pathway to future employment.

“I actually dropped out of school early, in the middle of Year 11” confesses Liza, Principal of The BUSY Schools, Salisbury, “I wished there was a school like this, so this really captures my passion.”

“We have these people watching our backs so we don’t fall” declared Aaliyah, a founding student of The BUSY Schools, Salisbury.

To students in mainstream schools who are finding themselves disengaging with their education, Year 11 student, Matthew, recommends making a change: “This school makes me want to come to school, and try, and actually put effort into my work. So come to The BUSY Schools. It will change things.”

In its first year, The BUSY Schools, Salisbury has supported the future education and employment direction of over 120 students who were otherwise unlikely to have completed senior school — and that is certainly worth the celebration.



Students and staff celebrated the first year milestone for The BUSY Schools Salisbury campus.

Adarlia has big plans for her future!

The past few years have been particularly disruptive for school students across the country (no thanks global pandemic!). For Adarlia this was even more so because, on top of trying to learn via distance education, being pregnant and battling severe morning sickness saw her in hospital 2-3 days per week for most of her pregnancy.

An indication of her determination and love of learning, Adarlia persisted with wanting to finish her schooling after giving birth to her beautiful baby boy Micah. This led to her enrolling at The BUSY Schools new Coolangatta campus.

Delivering an alternative learning solution for students in years 11 and 12 who are looking for an opportunity to re-engage and complete their studies, The BUSY Schools support students to complete their QCE and graduate onto a Vocational Education and Training (VET) career or into further study, including university pathways. The BUSY Schools program is designed for students who, for a variety of reasons, find traditional schooling difficult. Teachers work closely with students and their family to re-engage them with education in a nurturing environment that leads to career outcomes or further education that suits their abilities and passions. In a highly supportive, personalised and inclusive environment, the schools offer no fees, smaller classroom sizes, wellbeing support, access to vocational work experience and career pathway guidance.

The newly opened Coolangatta campus (one of four campuses across Queensland), was the welcoming and supportive schooling environment that Adarlia needed to help her complete her studies and fulfil her career goals.

Adarlia said, “I’m someone who really enjoys education, learning and study. I really wanted to finish Year 11 and 12 but had to wait until after Micah was born to enrol”.

I love it here at BUSY Schools! The teachers are so supportive and treat us like adults, not kids. My short term goal is to start an apprenticeship to get into legal studies as I would like to get into law – either family law or criminal law. My long term goal is to become a lawyer and help indigenous kids as there is a large percentage of indigenous kids in the court system”, Adarlia further stated.

A proud indigenous woman herself, whose father hails from Gilgandra country, Adarlia is hoping to gain a scholarship into further study to help her achieve her career goals.

With her determination, incredible maturity for her age, and the support she is receiving through The BUSY Schools, there is no doubt Adarlia will be an amazing role model for her son Micah and achieve her mission of becoming a lawyer and making a positive difference for indigenous kids in the legal system.

The newly-opened Coolangatta campus is accepting enrolments for Year 11 students. For more information regarding The BUSY Schools, including eligibility and enrolment, visit or contact The BUSY Schools by emailing or by calling 1300 176 472.

Adarlia (pictured with Micah), is determined to fulfil her goal to become a lawyer and make a positive difference for indigenous kids in the legal system.

BUSY Schools set to open fourth campus in Coolangatta

Queensland’s answer to alternative education for disengaged youth, The BUSY Schools, will open its fourth campus in Coolangatta at the Gold Coast this April following the success of campuses opened in Cairns, Shailer Park and Salisbury in 2020 and 2021.

The opening of the Coolangatta campus will meet the growing demand for alternative schooling throughout Queensland for the many students who, for a variety of reasons, do not fit mainstream schooling.

CEO of The BUSY Schools Lee Aitken said the opening of the new campus provides Gold Coast students with the opportunity to engage with their learning in ways that are suited to their individual needs.

“We seek to understand the needs of the students to help re-engage them through a personalised approach for academic and employment outcomes,” he said.

“We’re really excited to be opening our fourth campus in Coolangatta, after identifying the increasing demand for alternative high schools and the need to service the southern end of the Gold Coast.”

The BUSY Schools, an independent senior secondary Special Assistance School network, provide individualised learning support, career planning, development and additional vocational training to year 11 and 12 students, with 420 students already enrolled throughout the state with that number expected to rise.

The first cohort of Coolangatta’s Year 11 students is set to commence on the 19th April at their campus located in premises previously used by TAFE Queensland Gold Coast.

The small campus and classroom environment, which houses purpose-built classrooms, breakout rooms, a student kitchen and common room, recreation area and vocational training spaces, allow for alternative learning solutions with the support of vocational training and education through TAFE Queensland.

The BUSY Schools are an initiative of The BUSY Group, a not-for-profit organisation that delivers a range of employment, apprenticeship support and skills training for job seekers throughout Queensland, and reinvests into the community through initiatives like The BUSY Schools.

Paul Miles, Managing Director of the BUSY Group said the opening of the Coolangatta school was another significant step in supporting the Gold Coast community.

“The BUSY Schools recognises the need to support all young people to make the best start to their career. The BUSY Schools offer students who may not otherwise thrive in mainstream schooling a better change at fulfilling their education, skills and career goals.”

The BUSY Schools launched their first campus in Cairns in 2020, which proved to be a resounding success. Since then, two more campuses were opened in 2021, first in Shailer Park and then at Salisbury, all of which are experiencing strong demand.

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The BUSY Schools Prepare for another Successful School Year 2022

It’s a new year, which means our teaching staff are working hard to plan for the year ahead, our students are enjoying their last few days of holidays before getting ready to return to school, and their parents are making sure they have everything they need for the school year.

By all accounts, it seems it’s the students who are most excited for 2022, especially our Year 12’s who will be graduating at the end of the school year. But until then, here’s what they’re most looking forward to in their final year at The BUSY Schools.

Tyler, Year 12 student at our Salisbury campus said, “This year, I am hoping to gain a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship in Speech Pathology as a result of the work experience I completed last year.”

Jade, Year 12 student at our Shailer Park campus said, “I am really looking forward to welcoming the Year 11 students this year and being a leader for them.”

Mackenzie, Year 12 student at Salisbury said, “I am looking forward to completing my Certificate II in Plumbing this year.”

Sophie, Year 12 student at Salisbury said, “I can’t wait to graduate and receive all the certificates I have worked extremely hard for.”

Armin, Year 12 student at Shailer Park said, “This year, I am hoping to gain a school-based apprenticeship in Construction.”

Kacy, Year 12 student at Shailer Park said, “Last year, I began a school-based traineeship in Hospitality at a wedding Venue in Coolabah Downs.”

“This year, I am looking forward to completing it and seeing what opportunities come from it once I graduate.”

Along with everything our Year 12 students are looking forward to this year, they are most excited to graduate; a goal that some of them previously believed was not possible before coming to BUSY Schools.

Isabella, Year 12 student at our Salisbury campus said, “BUSY Schools gave my mum hope and made me feel optimistic about my future.”

Prior to coming to The BUSY Schools, all students were considered disengaged with their education, but the support and encouraging environment provided at The BUSY Schools has re-engaged them with their education and focused on working life after school.

Kira, Year 12 Graduate from our Cairns campus said, “What surprised me most when I joined BUSY Schools is that there are lots of people like me out there, students that don’t fit the mould that mainstream schooling provides for.”

Lee Aitken, CEO for The BUSY Schools said, “The BUSY Schools provide a nurturing, exciting and engaging place for students who have already disengaged or who may be at risk of disengaging from mainstream schooling.”

“Each year, more people are finding out about our holistic and alternative approach to learning. This year, we have over 130 students enrolled at our Cairns campus, over 175 students enrolled at our Shailer Park campus, and almost 100 students enrolled at our Salisbury campus.”

To those considering attending The BUSY Schools, a current student, Armin says, “Definitely consider it. It’s a good school and it will lead you in the right direction.”

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Year 11 Students at Shailer Park Celebrate 2021 Achievements

The BUSY Schools Shailer Park recently hosted their Year 11 Awards Ceremony where families and friends gathered to watch the students receive awards for their efforts throughout the year, chosen by Principal, Shane Blood and his team.

Presenting the awards were Members of The BUSY Schools Board, including Jason Sessarago, Adrian King, Kerry Gibb, and CEO, Lee Aitken. Also in attendance to present was Chief Commercial Officer of The BUSY Group, Sue Loch.

The BUSY Schools Shailer Park opened its doors at the beginning of 2021, with 14 inaugural students.  Following engagement with the local community, word spread about the innovative new school in the region and by the end of the year, 79 students had completed Year 11.

Principal, Shane Blood, announced at the Awards Ceremony that Shailer Park currently has 150 students enrolled for 2022 across both Years 11 and 12.

“The growth in student numbers has been significant, and I am so proud of the way in which our students embrace and accept new students to our school,” said Shane.

Armin, a Year 11 student at The BUSY Schools Shailer Park, was awarded the Academic Champion of Social and Community studies award, as well as an Academic Excellence award in the category Silver.

“I heard about The BUSY Schools and the opportunities it gives to its students in forming their career pathways and it seemed like the right place to start,” said Armin.

“I couldn’t have gotten to where I am today without the support from my teachers and Shane who helped me better myself and my situation.”

Kacy, another Year 11 student, couldn’t agree with her classmate more, saying “I was losing motivation for my education but then I came to The BUSY Schools where my teachers push me to do my very best and now I am the Academic Champion for Essential English and received the Gold award for Academic Excellence.”

Year 11 student Zac was another who received recognition and, in addition to receiving an Academic Excellence award in the Bronze category, he also received the Perseverance award, sponsored by The Honourable Mick de Brenni, Member for Springwood, Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen and Minister for Public Works and Procurement.

“I received a personalised message from Mick De Brenni and a gift certificate which was really cool. I never thought I was capable of achieving so much but I am very dedicated to what I do and get back up through the tough times,” said Zac.

When presenting the award, Shane said, ”Zac has exhibited true perseverance to make it this far and to now have real plans for his future.”

With the Year 11 students moving on to Year 12 next year, the school decided to form a Student Representative Committee and appointed Jade as the Chairperson.

“I’m really excited for what this next year will bring and am looking forward to being able to be a leader and representative for not only my classmates, but also the new Year 11s that are coming in,” said Jade.

Jade was awarded the Academic Champion for Essential Mathematics, the Academic Excellence award in the Silver category and a Spirit Award for achieving 95% attendance throughout the school year.

“I was shocked when I found out I topped Maths, but I guess it shows just how far I’ve come.”

Lee Aitken, CEO for The BUSY Schools said, “We are all really proud of the first Year 11 cohort at The BUSY Schools Shailer Park and the progress they have made with their education, as well as the new friendships they have formed due to the welcoming environment here. The BUSY Schools makes a difference for those students who’ve previously been disengaged with their education, by providing a safe and welcome environment for them which encourages them to re-engage in their learning.”

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BUSY Schools Salisbury Ends the School Year with Awards Ceremony

After opening its doors just six months ago, The BUSY Schools Salisbury has successfully completed its very first school year and recently hosted the Year 11 Awards Ceremony where families and friends gathered to watch the students receive awards chosen by their teachers and Principal, Toni Banfield.

The student who walked away with not one, but five awards was Sophie who exceeded everyone’s expectations this year, including her own.

“I dropped out of school because I frequently suffered from anxiety attacks but then I came across The BUSY Schools where I gained a lot of support from my teachers and now I am getting straight As.” said Sophie.

Sophie was presented with the Work Experience Award, Year 11 Essential Mathematics Award, Year 11 Social and Community Studies Award, Academic Excellence Award and Encouragement Award.

“The BUSY Schools has definitely made a big difference in both my life and my education,” added Sophie.

Tyler, another student at Salisbury, also feels The BUSY Schools has helped him, saying it is enjoyable and better for his mental health. Similar to Sophie, Tyler also received an Encouragement Award for demonstrating commitment to The BUSY Schools program and, despite personal challenges, remaining engaged to complete his Year 11 studies.

“I feel proud to be here and see how the environment and people around me change for the better,” said Tyler.

Owen, another Year 11 student, received the Certificate I in Construction Encouragement Award for helping to build the campus kitchen benches.

Chris, Trainer at Registered Training Organisation, Skill360, delivered the Construction course at The BUSY Schools Salisbury and said, “Owen is a natural; he ran the workshop and showed everyone else how it should be done, it’s clear we couldn’t have built the kitchen benches without him.”

Owen has always had an interest in construction and helped his Pop build things around the house growing up. He’s also recently helped build a small two bedroom house for work experience, which he really enjoyed.

Another year 11 student, Isabella, is thriving in both her work experience and studies, saying “I’m happy, socially engaged and excelling towards my future in community services.”

Isabella also received this year’s Principal Award for consistently modelling The BUSY Schools values, demonstrating excellence and dedication to both the academic and industry programs, maintaining consistent attendance, and going ‘above and beyond’ in the life of a BUSY School student.

“I am forever grateful to The BUSY Schools for supporting me and guiding me to be a better version of myself.”

Principal, Toni Banfield, and the teaching staff found it quite difficult to pick just one award winner for most categories, as many students performed to a high standard and all to the best of their abilities.

“Since welcoming students onto campus earlier this year, we have experienced much success. We have tripled in student numbers, have laid the foundations for our campus culture and we have witnessed each and every young person take steps along the road of success,” said Toni.

“Our students continue to grow in character and in demonstrating our BUSY values of excellence, resilience, innovation, inclusivity and integrity. It is a pleasure and a privilege to walk beside them on their journey.”

In attendance on the day were Members of The BUSY Schools Board, including Kerry Gibb and CEO, Lee Aitken, Managing Director of The BUSY Group, Paul Miles, Chief Operating Officer of The BUSY Group, Leonie Carlisle, and Acting CEO of Group Training Organisation, Skill360, Mike Bareham, who each presented awards from a particular category.

Lee Aitken, CEO for The BUSY Schools said, “More families are hearing about the positive effect BUSY Schools has on students, so much so that the number of students enrolled is growing every day. The Salisbury campus currently has 85 students enrolled for 2022 across both Years 11 and 12.”

The Year 11 students are excited to meet all the new students attending The BUSY Schools Salisbury campus next year and strongly encourage more teenagers to consider enrolling at The BUSY Schools if they are struggling in mainstream schooling.

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New Salisbury campus gets BUSY building bridges

Education Minister Grace Grace today congratulated ‘The BUSY Schools’ on the opening of their new school campus in Salisbury, Brisbane, at the location where parts of Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge were once built.

“This new special assistance school is building bridges of a different kind today, creating engaging pathways between school and employment to forge brighter futures for young students,” Ms Grace said.

“The Queensland Government will provide around $500,000 of recurrent funding this year towards supporting The BUSY Schools to operate across Queensland, with sites already open for business at Shailer Park and Cairns.

“We also provided $10,000 to The BUSY Schools this year as part of the 2020-21 Spotlight Schools initiative, upon recommendation from Independent Schools Queensland,” Ms Grace said.

“The Spotlight School initiative highlights quality standards in alternative educational settings, and emphasises collaboration across all sectors to identify, scale-up and showcase evidence-based best practice.

“I acknowledge The BUSY Group not-for-profit, together with the Federal Government, which fund the bulk of the costs required to keep ‘The BUSY Schools’ special assistance schools open.

“The Queensland Government operates 42 Special Assistance Schools across Queensland along with two other sites located within mainstream non-state schools, together supporting some 4,100 students.

“This is one of our key strategies for keeping students, at risk of disengaging, active and involved with their education and connecting them with real career possibilities that interest them.”

The BUSY Schools Salisbury Principal Toni Banfield said that currently about 40 students have started attending, with an expanded capacity of around 140 students expected within a few years.

“Our school offers purposeful academic and vocational skills pathways to support students to re-engage in senior schooling and explore career pathways leading to employment outcomes. Students have access to specialist staff who help keep them engaged by giving them individualised support and by encouraging them to set and achieve meaningful goals.

“Five of our students have already achieved school-based apprenticeships in areas ranging from commercial cookery, engineering and construction to community services and hairdressing.

“We’d like to thank both the Queensland Government and local employers for their support.”

In 2019, the Department of Education formed a Statement of Commitment with non-state schooling peak bodies to support high quality standards for alternative education settings, in both the state and non-state sector.

Education Minister Grace Grace was represented by Peter Russo, Member for Toohey, at today’s official opening.

In Photo from L – R: Lee Aitken (CEO for BUSY Schools), Peter Russo (Member for Toohey), Bella Scia Scia (Student), Mackenzie Johnson-Cremin (Student), Dr Kamal Dhaliwal (Director of BUSY Schools) and Toni Banfield (Principal, BUSY Schools Salisbury campus. 


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Emmanuel’s Career Pathway is Electrifying Thanks to BUSY Schools

Born and bred in Australia, yet proud of his multicultural background, Emmanuel is a Year 11 student who is now excelling in his schooling and career pathway, thanks to the assistance received from The BUSY Schools team at Salisbury.

Emmanuel sadly experienced bullying at his previous schools before coming to The BUSY Schools but has since made new friends and been well supported by his teachers and Rodney Florent, the campus’ Employment Pathways Officer.

“It was a bit weird at first calling our teachers by their first names, but it has been a much better experience and I am more focused now too,” said Emmanuel.

“I struggle studying by myself sometimes so appreciate the extra help I have received and the various opportunities that have been presented to me.”

Emmanuel recently completed one-week of work experience in the Electrical Engineering Department at Wave International where he was shown Engineering software to determine the electrical wiring and circuits of an office building. The work experience opportunity has now led to a school-based traineeship for Emmanuel. Under the traineeship, Emmanuel will work approximately one day per week for the company, with the added benefit of it forming part of his school curriculum at The BUSY Schools.

“It was a great working experience and an even better team environment. I really enjoyed doing something new and different, including my own project of creating the layout for the installation of lighting, power sockets and switches,” said Emmanuel.

Rodney said Emmanuel had trouble engaging in his schooling at first, but his confidence has skyrocketed since being in the workforce and he is walking a little bit taller.

“Wave International were struggling to get drafts people so they offered Emmanuel an opportunity to do a school-based traineeship following his work experience, where he would gain a Certificate III in Engineering. If he does well, then hopefully they will offer him a permanent position once he graduates.”

There are many industries that are desperate for qualified tradespeople and just can’t get them but if you take a chance on a school student, you get them from the ground up and are able to teach them the correct way of doing things because they often have no previous experience,” Rodney stated.

Lee Aitken, CEO for BUSY Schools, said, “The BUSY Schools encourages employers to provide students with the opportunity to experience a real working environment and learn the skills and knowledge that can only be taught in the workplace.”

It not only opens additional career pathways for the student, but most often than not, the business gains a brand-new employee who understands the work culture and can bring in new ideas. We really value the support of organisations such as Wave International who provide opportunities for our students.”

Emmanuel (middle) with Allan Aitkenhead (L) and Allan Quach (R) from Wave International.

Emmanuel enjoyed his one-week work experience at Wave International and has now started a school-based traineeship, which he hopes will lead to a fruitful career in Electrical Engineering.


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Ninah receives support to follow her dreams!

Having struggled at her previous school and ultimately disengaging from her senior education, Ninah decided to enrol at The BUSY Schools Salisbury campus after hearing about their more personalised approach. Since commencing at The BUSY Schools, Ninah has found she is coping better with the individualised support, smaller classroom environment and feels more comfortable to talk with staff who are supporting her unique needs.

“At BUSY Schools, there is a lot more personal interaction between students and our teachers, as opposed to a teacher standing in front of the board talking at you, not to you,” said Ninah.

Over the school holidays, Ninah completed one week of work experience in the Technical Department at education provider, SAE Creative Media Institute. At the Brisbane campus, she assisted various departments including film, audio, and animation where she gained valuable insight into the many facets of the creative arts.

“Having never worked before, it was really cool being able to go out to a workplace for an entire week and explore different types of equipment,” said Ninah.

“The staff there were super friendly as well which was really comforting, especially with those first day jitters.”

With a deep passion for music, Ninah would like to work in the music industry as a sound engineer and found the work experience at SAE a perfect fit as she was able to get hands on with the broad range of industry grade equipment at SAE’s state of the art facilities.

Employment Pathways Officer at BUSY Schools Salisbury, Rodney Florent, said that to assist Ninah, they will continue to research the various employment pathways into the creative arts and media industries.

“We are looking at hopefully getting Ninah to join Queensland Music Festivals on their tour throughout Central Queensland, but if not, then we will seek other opportunities within similar industries,” said Rodney.

“It is really great to get teens into work experience while they are still at school because it gives them the chance to learn what it means to work. With the added opportunity of a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, they get the added bonus of progressing their senior studies, gaining a qualification and gaining valuable work skills which can open up even more career opportunities for them.”

Dr Luke McMillan, General Manager for SAE said, “It was a pleasure to work with BUSY Schools, as we share a common set of values. SAE and BUSY schools understand the importance of diversifying our workforce, and giving a wide range of students access to higher education  – helping them succeed personally and professionally. SAE was delighted to support Ninah on her journey and we wish her all the best in her future endeavours”.

Lee Aitken, CEO for The BUSY Schools, said, “The BUSY Schools reengage students in their senior schooling whist preparing them for employment when they graduate. Through work experience, vocational training and the opportunities to undertake school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, students get real world experience and a head start in their careers”.

Ninah enjoyed her one-week work experience at SAE Institute and is now exploring a career pathway as a sound engineer.

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