Our Team - The Centre For U

Our Team

Carmel Veenstra


Introducing Carmel Veenstra, Co-CEO at The Centre for U.

I am Carmel Veenstra and I have worked within the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Sector for 24 years.  The past 15 years have been within the electrotechnology and new energy technology sectors.  I have worked for many VET sector organisations including Apprenticeship Centres, RTO’s, GTO’s, National Industry Skills Councils and State Training Boards, the Office of the Victorian Skills Commissioner and most recently as an independent consultant.  I have held various positions over the years with a focus on business planning and operations, project management, and tender writing.

Melissa Kalemis


Introducing Melissa Kalemis, Co-CEO at The Centre for U

I’m Melissa Kalemis and I have worked in the VET sector for almost 25 years with 15 of those years specialising in the electrotechnology industry.  I’ve working for Registered Training Organisations, Group Training Organisations, the national skills council and industry training board.  I have taken on roles in strategic and business planning, marketing and communication, tender writing, quality assurance and project management.  

Michael Collins


Introducing Michael Collins, Educator at The Centre for U

I am Michael Collins and I have worked in the VET sector for 18 years, specialising in electrotechnology training, from teaching pre–apprentices, apprentices, A Class licensing refresher through to post trade training, including preparation for those intending to sit for their Inspectors License.  I have been privileged to work in the Secondary Education system and for Registered Training Organisations, engaging and imparting my knowledge. I have been involved in committees with the national skills council, industry training board and the electrotechnology senate and I am fortunate to do what I do, meeting the people that I meet.

Rose Guzzo

Training Administrator

Introducing Rose Guzzo, Training Administrator at The Centre for U

I’m Rose Guzzo and my role with The Centre for U is my first time in the VET sector.  I previously worked for the ETU in Member Services for 22 years where I held the position/s of Membership Accounts and Membership Accounts Co-ordinator.  I have brought to my role my knowledge and experience with the ETU and have taken on the task of database management.

Jacinta Bradford

Training Administrator

Introducing Jacinta Bradford, Training Administrator at The Centre for U

I’m Jacinta Bradford and I have worked in education for over 10 years, from Early Childhood to Tertiary Education. I’ve worked for various Government Departments as a Senior Project Officer / Project Officer. I enjoy taking on roles that extend my learning and experience, and where I think I can best offer my expertise.

Wes Hayes


Introducing Wes Hayes, Educator at The Centre for U

I’m Wes Hayes and I have previously worked as an electrical linesman, union official and secondary school teacher. I have always been passionate about teaching and learning, particularly within the electrical sector and union movement. I have previously been a committee member of the Victorian Skills Commission Advisory Group, Victoria University Trades Recognition Services, VETASSESS Trades Recognition Advisory Group and Future Energy Skills (Formally EPIC industry Training Board inc.).

Brad Crewe


Introducing Brad Crewe, Educator at The Centre for U

I’m Brad Crewe and I have worked as an educator and assessor in the electrotechnology industry for the past 3 years, working in the VET sector for a Registered Training Organisation teaching pre–apprentices (Cert II), apprentices (Cert III), as well as secondary education VET in Schools (VETiS). I have trained and assessed for ESV licensing exams SWP’s as well as Restricted Electrical Worker’s Licence (REL). Prior to that, I’ve worked on various construction projects across Melbourne, as well as in the industrial and maintenance sectors. 

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