Naomi Cheeseman was introduced to TAFE by her mum during her studies in Early Childhood Education at Chisholm. Through watching her mother learn and grow, Naomi was inspired to take the leap herself to complete Year 10 VCAL.
“School was not suited to me for lots of reasons,” Naomi said. “Since making the switch, I’ve found my place where I feel at home.”
The future is looking brighter through an apprenticeship program that means she’s at TAFE one day a week and applying what she learns with real work experience at Peninsula restaurant Pizza D’Oh.
“When I stepped into the kitchen, I thought this is my thing and what I want to do. I love all the possibilities there are with hospitality - from being in the restaurant, seeing the joy on people’s faces when they’ve received the best service ever, to cooking in the kitchen.
“I know front-of-house like the back of my hand now, so I’m working with my mentor, Michael Simmons, to perfect my cookery techniques and develop new skills. He has pushed me to get out of my comfort zone and be competitive, firstly by believing that I can actually do it, and then by helping me to develop and perfect my award-winning lamb back-strap dish. Since winning a silver medal at the regional AUSTAFE competition this year, my confidence has grown and I’m inspired to continue. I never thought I would get to achieve this.”
But Naomi has a vision that extends beyond the Peninsula after she completes her three-year apprenticeship training. “My sights are set on travelling the globe before finally opening my own restaurant. I’m really hard-working and committed, and through the support I’ve received at Chisholm I know I can push forward.”
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