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Each year, the prestigious Victorian Training Awards (VTA) recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of Vocational Education and Training students, teachers, training providers and employers.

The Awards celebrate excellence in the training and TAFE system, highlight student achievements and the organisations that train them. It’s the event of the year showcase for innovation and collaboration between industry and training providers – continuing to put Victoria’s top achievers in the spotlight.

Through Skills First, the Victorian Government is delivering a trusted training and TAFE system that delivers real training for real jobs. The Awards foster confidence and pride in vocational education and training.

FGM Consultants was a proud Finalist for this year’s Small Training Provider of the Year.

Congratulations to the team at FGM!

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A life-changing journey from jobseeker to business owner

For many years Tracee was unable to work due to her epilepsy. Once she was ready to join the workforce, she lacked confidence and found it very difficult to get a foot in the door.

After six months of job-hunting Tracee registered with Jobs Victoria Partner FGM Consultants, based in Dandenong. Tracee was keen to work as a cook or kitchen hand. FGM Consultants and Jobs Victoria supported her to get job-ready by coordinating food handling certificates, training her in interview skills and providing her with clothes and fuel vouchers for interviews.

Very soon Tracee was supported into a role in the staff canteen at the Australian Meat Group (AMG) in Dandenong North. AMG employs around 500 people and the canteen is a busy independent business that provides great quality meals to the AMG staff from 5am each day.

Tracee started as a casual and proved herself indispensable very quickly. A year later she was given an incredible opportunity: to purchase the business herself. Tracee and her husband now own and run T & J’s Canteen. Tracee’s journey from long-term unemployment to independent business owner is truly inspirational.

“I always thought I would never get a job. Who would employ me?” says Tracee.

“Jobs Victoria helped me to see that I could work in the workforce.”

“You can do whatever you want to do in life, you’ve just got to make it happen.”

 

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