TAFE NSW offers free training and scholarship programs to meet the growing demand for educators in the mid-west region of New South Wales, with the Director of Early Childhood Education and Care Childhood (ECEC), Susan Bird, saying TAFE NSW sees huge interest in studying ECEC courses.
“We expect demand for ECEC education to grow by 7% in the mid-west over the next three years,” Ms Bird said, “and TAFE NSW offers a range of training programs that will provide a pipeline of skilled workers in child care. to the local community.
Jan Ceballos, who lives in Orange, is a student who took advantage of the local ECEC job boom by taking a TAFE NSW course to gain nationally recognized qualifications and land her dream job.
Miss Ceballos emigrated from the Philippines in 2019 and worked as an accountant in Sydney, however, soon saw an opportunity to be supported to return to her passion of teaching children through the dual support of a free degree and a Commonwealth Government Scholarship Destination Australia.
The Destination Australia Scholarship allowed him to buy the necessary equipment to study and move to the NSW region, to meet the demand for early childhood educators in the mid-west.
“I was a teacher in the Philippines and wanted to rediscover my passion for teaching children, so I jumped at the opportunity to get a scholarship to become qualified to teach birth to five-year-olds,” said said Miss Ceballos.
“TAFE NSW teachers have been so supportive and are so knowledgeable. It was a big change coming from accounting to childcare, but they really helped with this transition.
Throughout her studies, Miss Ceballos learned how the ECEC sector works, delved into regulations, and learned how to program and create engaging experiences for children.
“I encourage others considering a career change to take advantage of the support and study opportunities available at TAFE NSW,” she said.
“It’s a very fulfilling job and there is so much joy in teaching children.”
Since graduating earlier this year, Miss Ceballos has secured full-time work with Children’s services of the town hall of Orange.
For more information on Destination Australia Scholarships please see hereor call 131 601 for more information.