As Skills Strategies International’s Director, Sandra personifies our values and dedication to learning. She brings a longstanding career in the vocational education sector which has earned her a unique reputation with educational institutions and the private sector alike.
Skills Strategies International clients respond to Sandra’s authenticity, agility, industry knowledge and ability to innovate. Her business experience and vision ensure the organisation continuous to deliver highly effective and absorbing learning experiences to organisations and individuals.
Sandra is a passionate and enthusiastic learning and development professional with extensive experience in designing and delivering learning programs, consulting with business executives, and providing VET services.
Rides a Ducatti 696 motorbike, owns two Dalmatians, two lorikeets and is inspired by Tony Robbins –catalyst for change and strategist for success.
Michael’s Retail and Business experience is gained through thirty years in the Retail Environment across many sectors, from fashion and discount variety all the way through to not for profit.
His expertise lies in Multi Site Management and developing retail teams capable of delivering results by utilising strong leadership and people management skills.
The last decade of his retail life has been spent helping a not for profit organisation achieve real retail results. Michael has seen first-hand how training and breaking down barriers to employment can give individuals the confidence and feeling of self-worth responsible for setting them on their way to success. This has inspired him to move into the training sector where he can help businesses and individuals gain the qualifications and training they need to take the next step.
Away from work Michael loves riding motorcycles, he races vintage motocross on a 1974 Suzuki and enjoys riding his road bike through the Western Australian countryside with a group of like-minded souls.
Kynan returned from New Zealand at the start of 2019 to take up his role in the team providing Entrepreneurship Facilitation Services and Manager of Skills Strategies International Mandurah Office. He has quickly settled into the local community with his young family.
Kynan comes with a wealth of experience from his 10 years working in New Zealand’s Ministry of Social Development helping people to develop their future plans for independence. He worked from a role as an Employment Coordinator and Programme Coordinator up to roles managing Service Centres and Regional Employment Services. Kynan has also managed a Team for Workwise Employment Agency and been a vocational Counsellor for Odyssey House.
Outside of his full time employment Kynan has run several successful Martial Arts Clubs and holds black belts in several styles proving that with motivation anything can be achieved.
Natalie has experience in Business, Tourism and Events including State Manager for Insight Vacations and owner of multiple businesses. Natalie has been working as a Trainer and Assessor for 7 years and is passionate about empowering her learners.
Natalie is our VET in Schools Coordinator who works closely with public, independent and private schools to offer delivery of a range of Certificates within schools. She is relationship driven and enjoys working with and supporting our partnered schools
I am delighted to announce that I have very warmly been welcomed to join the Skills Strategies International team based in Mandurah.
I have over 30 years’ experience of customer service, leadership and education.
I grew up in England where my parents ran a typical English Pub and after a stint working in customer service for Carnival Cruise Lines around the Caribbean Islands back in the 90’s, I spent the next 14 years in the Fitness and Leisure Industry as an Instructor and duty manager in various private and public leisure clubs. This led to a degree in Nutrition which then steered me into what my mother called a ‘proper job’ and I became a secondary school teacher in Food Technology & Hospitality.
In 2011, I emigrated with my husband and two children to beautiful Western Australia and joined ‘M on the Point’ now The Peninsula in Mandurah. I also joined South Metropolitan TAFE as a Lecturer and worked both jobs for some time until my Lecturing position became full time. They were fantastic days, and I learnt so much about the local Hospitality, Tourism & Events industry, and was fortunate to be involved in so many opportunities, both paid and volunteering roles, such as the Mandurah Crab Fest, The Gourmet Escape, at the WACA for the Ashes, the One Day Internationals and for Intercruises in Fremantle. I have also met so many professional people in the industry along the way taking students on excursions to what seems like every hotel and event in WA! I have worked in Fine Dining Training Restaurants in Fremantle and Bentley, Chefs Dinners and Wine Tasting events.
I have delivered courses from Certificate II up to Diploma level and worked in and out of the classroom with the VET programs in schools, Traineeships in the workplace, SODEXO training courses in accommodation services for FIFO positions, delivering accessible skill sets for disability students and have been fortunate to have worked with a diverse range of very interesting people.
I responded to a community advertisement last year to help form a not for profit organisation to connect local youths to safe activities, and one year on I am now the President with a team of passionate local people making big changes in the community, such as putting on outdoor movie events and pop up youth festivals specifically for teenagers. Covid got in the way a bit, but Secret Harbour Youth Focus is back up and running once more.
I am also studying Certificate IV in Mental Health as I believe in wellbeing in the home, workplace and the community, and together we can all do our bit to make things that bit easier for the person standing next to us.
Unfortunately, my previous position moved 60km away and I found myself disconnected with the local community and my passions of engaging local people to reach their individual goals. It was a huge decision to leave my safe and secure position, but they say change is as good as a rest, and nothing changes unless you make it change. So here I am, enthusiastic and ready to work with the very supportive and friendly Skills Strategies International team.
I have been in the Aged care industry for 15 years as a Carer/Coordinator of an Aged Care facility and also started up and coordinated an extremely successful Leisure Based day centre. For the past 3 years I have been a Trainer and Assessor.
I have really enjoyed being a carer for our elderly residents and being able to help them to do the every day tasks that we all take for granted. If I wasn’t there maybe they wouldn’t have had a shower that day or even eaten a decent meal. It is truly a rewarding job.
Now my passion is training others who want to look after our elderly and to pass on my stories and knowledge to them. This way they too can learn from my experience and put into practice what they have learnt.
One day we are all going to need some help and my wish is to have people out there in the workforce who want to be there and want to look after our older generation.
Aside from my passion for elderly people is my passion for my grandchildren. I have 3 wonderful grandchildren who I spend every available minute with having sleepovers, taking them swimming and weekends away, knowing that one day they will grow up and not want to hang out with Gran Gran as often as they do now.
Connor works part time in the SSI team from he Balcatta office. He has been helping with the implementation of marketing strategies, design of advertising assets and manages the business social media platforms. Due to Connors age he has brought a youthful perspective to the SSI team and has helped design the KickStart program which is specifically aimed at this demographic. Connor is also completing his bachelor in Commerce at Curtin University majoring in Marketing and Public Relations.
Tenille joined us in January 2016 and is a highly valued team member who brings a professional and mature attitude that resonates throughout the organisation.
With over 8 years’ experience working with various Registered Training Organisations,Tenille is in charge of managing the resulting and issuing of qualifications and compliance reports for government departments.
Tenille is our first point of contact and her willingness to support and positively geared communication ensures our clients receive a responsive and warm welcome.
Passionate about travelling, has done more travelling than some, not as much as others and still dreams of seeing the rest of the world. Loved diversity of culture and there is always something new to learn.
Ross is one of the most authoritative permaculture teachers, designers and consultants in Australia
Ross is also one of the pioneers for introducing permaculture into the school curriculum, and he has held many workshops, talks and courses devoted to the integration of permaculture principles into the educational curriculum, as well as being involved in setting up permaculture-designed gardens in about twenty schools, both primary and secondary, private and state (public) schools. Ross had been a high school science teacher for over twenty five years.
In recent years Ross has focused on developing and delivering accredited permaculture training courses from CII through to Diploma Permaculture.
Ross has had a long involvement with wastewater treatment and reuse through his business Water Installations. Ross has developed a number of greywater reuse strategies and
Christine has a vision for excellence in the training industry. Her background is within the Health Industry, Management, Human Resources and Training. Christine has been training in the health industry for 11 years.
Christine is a proud mother and business owner of Christal Clear Training.