On Wednesday 18th November, Integrity Business College held a Graduation afternoon for the 2015 school-based trainees.
In the past, graduation has been held at the Integrity office, and was a two hour affair. As the number of students has grown over the past year, a new approach to graduation was adopted and the event this year was held in the Legends Room at Windy Hill, the old home of the Essendon football club.
40 Students attended from classes held at the Integrity office in Essendon, Caroline Springs Library, Parade College Preston and the LLENs office in Greensborough. The afternoon kicked off with students being allocated to one of 4 teams, ready to begin the afternoon of fun. First, the students were given a brief presentation by Evan Henry from WPC Group, an organisation which recruits trainees, about employment opportunities. Evan gave an insight into how his company assesses potential trainees before and during interviews and offered extremely helpful hints on how to market themselves for entry into the workforce.
Then the fun began! The day’s activities ranged from making and flying paper planes on the oval to dropping a raw egg from a 2 metre height without it breaking (achieved by 3 teams!). This gave students the opportunity to get to know new people, work closely with others to solve problems and most of all to have some fun. Whilst the Green Team won the most points and the chocolate, everyone took something away from the activities.
The official part of the afternoon began with the arrival of parents, friends and invited guests. Peter Venables, Integrity’s Managing Director, welcomed everyone to the evening and kicked off the graduation by handing over to two students chosen to share their learning experience with Integrity Business College.
Adrian Keith from Thornbury High School spoke about his transition from Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology as a school-based trainee last year to the Certificate IV Pathways Programme this year. Adrian is continuing with his Certificate IV in Information Technology Networking in 2016.
Daniel Closter from MacKillop College Werribee, who was a school-based trainee this year in the Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology, spoke about how the course had helped him gain an internship for an online gaming organisation in Austin, Texas. Daniel had been very proactive in approaching the company in the USA and at the end of his internship was offered a role within the organisation. We’re not losing Daniel just yet – he’ll be studying his Certificate IV in Information Technology Networking in 2016!
The afternoon continued with each student being presented with their certificate for the completed qualification.
Dylan Venables presented the Certificate III and IV Information Technology qualifications for his Essendon based classes.
Annie Barry presented the Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology qualifications (both IT and business streams) to her students from the Preston and Caroline Springs class groups.
Cheryl Hecker presented certificates for her students who attended in Greensborough.
Angelo Veljanoski presented to his Preston and Essendon classes their Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology qualifications.
The evening closed with a huge round of applause for the all the students for the well-deserved achievements. Some closing words from Peter and the opportunity for parents and students to speak to their trainers about the next step in their studies finished the evening perfectly.