Joint CQ TAFE/Rio Tinto Alcan childcare plan gives Jaymie a start
Thursday, 28 June 2012 3:54PM - Gladstone Campus
News in brief:
Jaymie Jenkins' dream of working with children is on its way to becoming a reality with Central Queensland Institute of TAFE (CQ TAFE) and Rio Tinto Alcan's 'Here for Children' program giving her an entry into the industry.
News in detail:
A student at Tannum Sands State High School, Jaymie is one of the first school-based trainees to enter the program which comprises a combination of training at CQ TAFE and work placement.
"I love kids," Jaymie said. 'I love being around them and watching them grow."
Jaymie said she was studying child care at CQ TAFE when her teacher Michelle Kiss informed her of the 'Here for Children' initiative.
"I was hesitant at first, but Michelle pushed me to apply and I was accepted," she said.
Michelle said Rio Tinto Alcan announced the 'Here for Children' in March through its Community Fund.
"Part of this program is to offer 108 child-care school-based trainees for the Gladstone region over the next three years, which equals three trainees per centre, each year," she said.
"Students will be required to complete Certificate III in Children's Services by the end of their senior year.
"The students participate in the program by still attending school but also attending TAFE once per week and working at the child centre."
Jaymie works at Boyne Island Childcare Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
"I love it here - I can be looking after from as many as two to 12 kids when I'm here and the training I received at CQ TAFE has made it easy," she said.
"My traineeship finishes in June next year and I plan on studying the Diploma of Children's Services after that."
For more information on the Institute's Children's Services courses for Semester 2, phone 1300 CQ TAFE (1300 27 8233) or visit www.cq.tafe.qld.gov.au
Submitted By:Greg Chapman