Success Stories

Hannah Watson, 2018

Graduated with Cert II in Salon Assistant and SACE

Hannah Watson proved she was a cut above the rest when she was named 2018 Apprentice of the Year for Marcellin Campus.

Throughout her hairdressing studies Hannah was a shining example of dedication always striving to achieve her best grades. Her extra efforts outside of school and work hours meant she was able to graduate one year ahead of schedule.

Hannah started with Marcellin's Head Start program in 2017 and completed all her trade schooling modules through Clip Joint Education. Her outstanding achievements were acknowledged further when she was shortlisted for the 2018 SA Training Awards for Outstanding School Based Apprentices.

Having graduated with flying colours, Hannah is now employed at Aveta Hair & Body.

Jayden Plowman, 2018

Graduated with Cert II in Metal Engineering and Fabrication and SACE

Despite wanting to learn a trade, Jayden also had a personal ambition to complete Year 12 studies after moving to South Australia from interstate. Being able to attend Marcellin Campus helped him achieve his two goals of completing Year 12 and receiving training towards certificates.

Every Monday, Jayden attended school for training; the rest of the week he worked at Rodney Plowman Restorations, alongside his dad. He has always been interested in cars and had found an automotive apprenticeship in New South Wales but moved before signing the paperwork. "I've always been in the shed working with (dad) since I was a little kid, working on cars helping him put them together,'' he says.

In less than two years, Jayden will have completed the necessary training and will be fully qualified to work as an engineering tradesperson. He says being able to finish SACE while learning a trade is useful.

"I'm the first one in the family to get to finish Year 12,'' Jayden said.
"It was a good opportunity to finish Year 12 while I was doing my work to get certificates,'' he says. "A good fabricator will never be without a job.''

 

Lucas Kennedy, 2014

Graduated with Cert II in Automotive Servicing Technology and SACE

"Try taking a left instead of a right on your next adventure and you could see different opportunities arise at some of the most unexpected times."

This is the advice Lucas Kennedy ('14) and TEC Systems & Scheduling Coordinator at the Motor Trade Association of South Australia offers current students.

Lucas joined Marcellin Campus for the HeadStart Program in 2012, graduating in 2014 with his SACE, a Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology and the title of Automotive Student of the Year.

In Lucas' current role, he coordinates training and Registered Training Organisation (RTO) schedules along with the information and data systems used at the MTA in their RTO training and compliance practices. Lucas enjoys speaking with students about the exciting opportunities that are always emerging in the automotive industry and guiding them towards their career outcomes.

Lucas credits his time at Marcellin for the life skills and work ethic that he has today. He remembers the trade trainers pushing him to be a better version of himself and to look at negatives as a learning opportunity and grow.

Luke Mitchell, 2012

Graduated with Cert III in Animal Studies and SACE

Former Marcellin student Luke Mitchell (12') followed his career path to the Adelaide Zoo where he is now employed as a Zoo Keeper and Presenter.

Luke, who says he has wanted to work with animals for as long as he remembers, completed a Certificate III in Animal Studies at Marcellin Campus in 2012. He particularly enjoys the variety of animals he has the opportunity to look after and learning about their unique personalities.

Luke said Mr Kempson left the largest impression as a teacher/mentor at Marcellin due to "his support, assistance and endless belief in my ability to achieve which has stayed with me long after leaving MTC".

When asked about advice for current students Luke said; "If you have a passion and you know that it's what you want to do, do everything you can to achieve it. If you're not sure about your exact goals, realise that's okay; take time to see the many different possibilities you have available to you and find which one suits your personal style".

Photographs courtesy of Adelaide Zoo

Kale Scott, 2009

Left with Cert III in electrotechnology and SACE

Kale obtained his Certificate III in electrotechnology with Marcellin in 2011. After graduation, he completed several courses to attain his electrical contractors' license and learn business management with Marcellin.

He now has his expanding tyre business Scott's Tyres and window tinting business, with multiple employees.

Michel Diratani, 2008 

Graduated with Cert III in Auto Mechanics and SACE

'I don't know where I'd be without Marcellin'
Michel Diratani ('08) graduated from Marcellin with a Cert III in Auto Mechanics. During his schooling, Michel underwent work experience with 10 different employers with the aim of securing an apprenticeship. He took away skills from each location, enhancing his initiative and confidence in the workplace.

Upon graduating he secured himself a Diesel Mechanic apprenticeship with the City of Onkaparinga council where he has been for the past decade. He is now undertaking the role of Contract Surveillance Officer for Waste and Recycling.