APSI: Work and study in Perth
Branka is 28 and has been in Australia for a year. She’s from Serbia, where she worked as a nurse. She is studying Aged Care and Disability at APSI, a Registered Training Organization (RTO) based in Perth, Western Australia. "Since I have a nursing background I wanted to broaden my knowledge in this field – this industry in Australia is so different in comparison to Europe."
Branka enrolled in the Certificate III in Aged Care to acquire the basic skills and knowledge of the Australian healthcare system. One of her main reasons for enrolling on APSI’s Aged Care and Disability course was its workplace training content. This consists of a study plan that includes theory and practical hours in an Australian aged care facility. "Through the workplace training programme, students gain valuable exposure to the Australian workplace culture and develop the necessary skills to find and keep a job in Australia and in their own countries," says APSI’s Liza Gomes. Branka is one of the students who have been offered a permanent position in the company where they did their training.
Workplace training is the key value of APSI, a dynamic training provider which provides high quality training programmes to Australian and international students.
APSI was established in 2009. The campus is in Wellington Fair in East Perth, just a few minutes walk to the city and close to free public transport. It has training facilities with small class sizes, two computer labs and free Wi-Fi. The school has become a home from home for over 400 students from 30 different countries all over the world. "I like this multicultural environment. I am from Brazil and to me it is important to meet people from different countries. My classmates are from the Netherlands, Mauritius, Spain, Colombia, France, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Australia... The experience is great, we do a lot of activities together, you can feel the good vibes all over campus and the weather is warm and sunny all year round so we can organise outdoor activities," says Roberto, who is studying Certificate IV in Business.
Roberto also likes studying at APSI because of the lecturers, highly skilled and experienced trainers: “They are concerned not only about what we do in class but also about how our lives are going, if we feel well in Perth, if we are working. They really care.”