Creating Opportunities

Working in community service wasn’t something Maryanne Tranter envisioned for herself when she finished university, but it turns out it’s where she thrives.

The CEO of Vocational Partnerships Group (VPG) changed degrees a few times before finishing with an arts degree, but her heart lay elsewhere.

“I always had quite strong social justice principles of equity and inclusion, so I think it’s was quite a natural progression to move into this kind of community service work,” said Maryanne, who grew up on the Tablelands.

VPG empowers youth, strengthens families and creates partnerships between education and industry. Its purpose resonates strongly with Maryanne, who started with VPG in 2001 in administration and worked across all areas before taking up the CEO role three years ago.
“It’s wonderful knowing you are contributing to the opportunities for young people,” she said. “I think everyone who works at VPG is really connected to the organisation’s purpose.
“We’re supporting young people on their journey to adulthood and showing them that they’re valued because they are such an important asset to our community.”

VPG is a local not-for-profit organisation that was founded 20 years ago. It works with secondary schools students as well as early school leavers who are looking into further education or employment. It also has a range of family programs.

Maryanne leads a team of 30 employees across VPG’s branches in Cairns, Atherton, Mareeba, Innisfail and Yarrabah. It partners with more than 500 local employers to help 1200 secondary students gain work experience each year.

“I am fortunate to lead an incredibly talented and inspiring team of people,” she said. “I love the contribution the organisation makes towards a prosperous community and everyone within it.”

Vocational Partnerships Group

98-102 Anderson St, Manunda
Ph: 4032 1677

Photo By Catherine Coombs
Words by Janie Barton