Kyle Hillbrich was recently nominated for a Youth Enterprise Award. But it hasn’t always been smooth sailing

student wearing t-shirt looking at camera‘I left school in Year 9. My dad has a disability and I needed to be at home more so I could help him.’ says Kyle.

He studied the Foundation VCAL course at Chisholm then completed Certificates I, II, and III in General Education for Adults.

‘I found studying the certificates easier because I could do them in my own time. It’s all individual one-on-one learning. You can choose the order of your work-sheets,’ says Kyle.

After looking hard for about a year, sending his resume to employers and attending interviews, he got a part-time job.

And with the earnings from his job, he recently got his Learners Permit and has saved to buy a car so he can drive his dad to medical appointments. ‘The careers counsellors at Chisholm helped me fix my resume and search for a job,’ says Kyle.

‘Next year I plan to start VCE and after that go to uni and train to be a primary school teacher.

‘When I was at primary school I only had one male teacher. I think we need more male teachers in Australia.

‘Teachers helped get me where I am, so I’d like to do the same for other students.’