Have you checked out the Youth Encouragement Grant from the City of Rockingham?

When you’re just starting out, your resume may look a bit empty. That’s totally normal and developing skills can take time and money. The good news is, the City of Rockingham is here to lend a hand with their Youth Encouragement Grant!

City of Rockingham supporting the community with the Youth Encouragement Grant

If you or your child is aged between 12-24 years old and live in the City of Rockingham, you can apply for the Youth Encouragement Grant, worth up to $600.

The grant can be used to help with course or training fees to help develop the right knowledge and skills, with particular focus on:


  • Gain skills for potential employment
  • Build confidence
  • Develop skills to enable further volunteering


  • Extra-curricular education opportunities outside of usual school options, alternate pathway program, ability to participate in further education
  • Career guidance and development
  • Acquire accreditation, certificate and/or ticket


  • Participation in leadership training
  • Develop or improve leadership and/or communication skills
  • Develop or improve resilience

Social Skills and Knowledge

  • Improve communication and interpersonal skills (e.g. active listening, explaining, clarity)
  • Improve life skills, resilience
  • Build skill or gain knowledge
  • Proposed activity promotes personal growth

Community Participation

  • Greater connection to the Rockingham community
  • Greater active participation in the Rockingham community
  • Increase contribution to society

So think along the lines of Barista training, First Aid, Beauty Training, Photography… all sorts.

Even better news is that you can apply once per year, every year between 1st July -30th June. So if you have 3 kids, that’s up to $1800 worth of training every year!  Paid for by City of Rockingham.  Pretty cool or what!

To apply for the grant, you’ll need to fill out the application, and make sure you include the supporting documents:

  • Details of program, such as:
    • cost
    • date and time
    • organisation details
    • contact number
    • location of program
    • program content or list of objectives
  • Proof of age
  • Proof of home address.

There are certain things the grant can’t be used for, so make sure you read all the details before applying.

Grab the grant, then Level Up your resume

Did you know that you can bring your teenager(s) or young adult to the Level Up Clinic for a 1:2:1 Appointment with me and walk away with a new resume tailored to their needs? 

The clinic runs every Wednesday at the Rockingham Youth Centre. Bookings are essential. Choose between a 4pm or 5pm appointment.

Places are limited so book today!

☎ Call: 9591 0836

📧 Email: youthcentre@rockingham.wa.gov.au

So once the training and courses are completed, get that resume ready and all the prep you need to impress at those interviews.

I also have regular Youth-focused workshops running throughout May and June, so check out my Workshop Schedule and find your nearest venue.

Or if you’d prefer some one-on-one assistance, book a tailored session with me and let’s moving towards career success.

Launch and Grow Your Little Biz

Launch and Grow your Little Biz


The only thing better than running my career coaching workshops is when I get to share the stage with two other amazing female entrepreneurs and business coaches to bring you everything you need to Launch and Grow your Little Biz.

Sarah Thomson
Alison Bannister
Mel Ahlquist

Join myself, Sarah Thomson from Online Social Butterfly, and Mel Ahlquist from Little Biz for a full day workshop where we will cover:

  • Mindset Mastery – Overcome self-doubt and set empowering goals for your entrepreneurial journey.
  • Tech Foundations – Understand the crucial elements of launching a small business, including crafting impactful business names, navigating domains, and implementing the right insurances.
  • Marketing Foundations – Stop the guesswork and confidently master your pricing and sales so that you convert the clients of your dreams.

Whether you’re looking to turn your side hustle into a purpose-driven business, or just overwhelmed by the complexities launching your own business, this is the workshop for you.

Pick your package

Choose from our three packages to make the most out of your day.

Our regular ticket is for a full day workshop and includes

  • Your own detailed workbook,
  • Morning and afternoon tea,
  • Lunch,
  • Door prizes
  • And plenty of networking opportunities.

Upgrade to our VIP package which includes a $500 coaching voucher to use with either Mel, Sarah, or myself so you can get additional support in the area you need it the most.

Or go all out and invest in yourself with our Ultimate VIP package which includes a $500 coaching voucher for each of us.

Grab the Details

Date: 31st May

Time: 9am – 4pm

Place: Kailis Bros Cafe, Leederville


Regular – Early Bird: $198 (Normally $495)

VIP – Early Bird: $300 (Normally $650)

Ultimate VIP – Early Bird: $400 (Normally $800)

Take advantage of our penalty-free payment plan, or pay in full and save 10%.

Inspire Inclusion on International Women's Day

International Women’s Day 2024

8th March is celebrated across the world as International Women’s Day. I’m always excited to see what local events are being held as well as finding ways I can take part to support and recognise the amazing women in my community.

2024’s theme was #InspireInclusion and gee whizz was I inspired!

Linkedin for Small Businesses with the Shire of Mundaring

The Shire of Mundaring hosted one of my workshops as part of their IWD events.

Being able to facilitate a start-up business event allows me to support, encourage & guide ‘Curious, New & Seasoned’ business owners to take action, upskill, learn and grow.

And I bloomin’ LOVED IT! 💚

Above all, I love being able to share motivational tips, alongside a good dollop of inspiration.

She Means Business with the City of Bayswater

Alison Bannister with Presenter Nikki Di Costa and Mayor of the City of Bayswater Filomena Piffaretti
Nikki Di Costa, Mayor Filomena Piffaretti and of course me! Picture courtesy of the City of Bayswater.

As part of a range of free and inclusive events across the City, I was able to bring my “She Means Business” workshop to the people of Bayswater.

Designed to help small business owners boost their success and help busy women manage the juggling act, we talked about lots of practical ideas to build a business and keep it on track.

International Women’s Day Lunch with Working Spirit

Alison Bannister as the MC for Working Spirit Ltd IWD Event
Always an honour to speak at these events.

I was so humbled to be MC at Working Spirit Ltd and RSLWA International Women’s Day special luncheon to honour the extraordinary women of the ADF.

Bronwyn Doak, and her son Eamon shared their story of resilience and hope following a personal tragedy.

It was enlightening, powerful, and a true honour to be there. Here’s to celebrating their spirit, today and every day!

Empowering Women in Business with the City of Cockburn

Alison with Karen Dennett
Selfie with the fabulous Karen Dennett.

I was an attendee at the jam-packed IWD event held by the City of Cockburn.

It was all about empowering women in business and was filled with team building activities and World Cafe activities.

We covered a wide range of topics including the dynamics between self-doubt and self-belief, entrepreneurial mindset, envisioning personal goals, and the intricate balance between personal and professional life.

Chuffed to bits!

And to put the cherry on top of a wonderful day, I won a raffle prize!

2024 didn’t disappoint, and I’m already looking forward to hearing what 2025 has in store for International Women’s Day.

follow your career dreams

Aly’s Guide to Upcoming Events and Resources

Looking for the perfect job, or developing a new career path can take time. But you don’t have to do it all alone.

Here’s my round-up of local industry-specific expos to career taster programs, in the Perth and Rockingham area. 

Jobs and Skills Career Taster Programs

Jobs and Skills Career Taster Programs 2024 Calendar

Become ‘career curious’ through practical activities and meaningful experiences thanks to TAFE WA. Check out what’s available month by month and book your spot to get a taste of what your future might have in store.

National Careers Week

National Careers Week
13th – 19th May

National Careers Week is an initiative of the Career Industry Council of Australia and aims to celebrate careers, career development, career development services, and career development practitioners.

Connect with fantastic resources and events to help you achieve your dream job.

Perth's biggest careers expo

Perth Biggest Careers Expo
16th – 19th May

Perth’s longest running careers, education, training and employment expo is designed for secondary students, school leavers and professionals seeking to upskill or considering a career transition.

120 organisations under one roof, including  local and national universities, various vocational and professional training providers, industry associations and employers.

Make a day of it and head to the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre to find your next career opportunity.

Rockingham Jobs Fair

Rockingham Jobs Fair
12th June

For something a little closer to home, the City of Rockingham are hosting their own Jobs Fair at the Gary Holland Community Centre.

Talk with local groups, organisations, government departments, education providers and businesses about what’s happening in your local area. 

Real people, talking about real jobs.

Perth Careers Training and Employment Expo

Perth Careers, Training & Employment Expo
25th – 27th July

If you’re looking for a job, contemplating a career change, or considering courses for upskilling, you can’t afford to miss Perth Skillswest Careers & Employment Expo.

Talk with over 160 Educators, Course Providers & Employers for free advice to point you in the direction of your new career path.

Alison Bannister Career Coach

Aly’s Career Workshops

And as always, I will be running various workshops helping you to get career ready. Check out my Workshop schedule to see when and where your nearest workshop will be.

Level Up Resume Clinic and Career Coaching

Helping Teenagers get Resume Ready with the City of Rockingham

Are you a teenager looking for a hand to get your resume up and running?

Do you have a teenager who could do with some career guidance?

If you live in the City of Rockingham, the Level Up Clinic is here to help.

Level Up Resume Clinic and career coaching with Alison Bannister

The best part? It’s FREE!

Fully funded by the City of Rockingham, the Level Up Clinic helps young job seekers get their career off to a successful start.

So what are you waiting for?

Alison Bannister Career Coach helping you get resume ready

I can be your career coach and get your resume off to a winning start

Join me at the Rockingham Youth Centre. The clinic runs every Wednesday between 4pm – 6pm.

Together we can;

  • Polish your resume,
  • Prep for an interview,
  • Figure out a career plan.

How to book your resume appointment with Aly

Appointments are free but booking is essential.

☎ Call: 9591 0836

📧 Email: youthcentre@rockingham.wa.gov.au

And that’s not all…

Learn about the $500 Youth Encouragement Grant.

Available to individuals aged between 12-24 years to participate in opportunities that develop:

  • Leadership
  • Employability
  • Social skills and knowledge
  • Learning
  • Community participation

Such as First Aid, Barista training, White Card, RSA and more.

Hear from a happy participant

Thanks Aly! Your Resume got me 3 Interviews and 1 job offer. I start next week at the Café – So happy!

Susie – aged 15 years old

Share with a friend and make your booking today.

Book your next Workshop

For all my Career workshops, take a look at my Workshop Schedule and find the right one for you.

More Career Coaching with Alison Bannister

Interview Coaching – It’s normal to experience anxiety when it comes to a job interview, but help is on hand! With expert coaching and guidance assisting you every step of the way, be assured that you’re not on your own with your interview journey

LinkedIn Profile – Let’s showcase your unique professional story by communicating your experience, skills, and education.