Certificate III in Business
Trained by TAFE SA
Employed by Department for Correctional Services
Breanna is a proud Barngarla woman from the Eyre Peninsula. Currently completing a Certificate III in Business at the Department for Correctional Services (DCS) through TAFE SA, Breanna plans to further her studies with a Certificate III in Community Services.
“I got here today from persistence, failing and never giving up. I went straight to university from high school to complete a degree in teaching, but it wasn’t long before I realised, that university wasn’t for me,” she says.
“I continued in the same job for nine and a half years, working in an Out of Hours School Care centre, but as I had never completed a degree or certificate in childcare, I couldn’t progress any higher. I then gained a position as store manager in a retail store, and I knew in the months before I resigned from that position, that that wasn’t what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”
“I then applied for the Aboriginal Traineeship Program in February 2020. I can honestly say, it has been the best decision I have ever made.”
Saying she felt ‘a bit lost’ before entering State Government, Breanna says combining study with on-the-job training appealed and she was encouraged to apply for a traineeship.
Her involvement with DCS’ Aboriginal Services Directorate and her program support role have supported her develop a better understanding of the issues that South Australian Aboriginal people face – in particular prisoners and offenders.
“My current aim for the future, is to become an Aboriginal Program Officer within DCS, providing programs to help Aboriginal women to better themselves for release,” she says. “I have been asked to shadow current DCS Aboriginal Program Officers to see how they deliver Aboriginal-specific programs to Aboriginal men in prisons. This experience will assist me in my application when an Aboriginal Program Officer position becomes available.”