Laila comes from the Philippines, and after working part time for a very short while she decided to take a big leap into study and follow her dream of working in early childhood education. “The Migrant Centre offered me a course to attend in childcare with ACE Community Colleges”.
“My trainer was always there to help me, offer assistance and fully support. After doing my placement, the Centre offered me a full time job! To students who want to study in early childhood, I say don’t give up”.
After years in the IT industry, Arup was searching for a more. “I knew I had to make the change. I needed something to galvanise me to lead a wholesome, giving life. Resting is rusting, I want to bring about that 1% change in the world.”
And that he did, overcoming any hurdles along the way. “It was like looking at Mt Everest, but the trainers enabled me to focus on one task at a time, one step at a time. The constant feedback and classroom discussions kept us engaged and focused. What the course offers is brilliant but means nothing without the likes of the ACE Burleigh Team. You guys rock!”
Joanne took a step out of her comfort zone and found herself in her dream career. After 25 years in hospitality it was time for a change to better connect with Jo’s caring nature.
“Convenience and location were totally appealing for me with ACE being so close to home. Once the course started and I met the trainers, the way they delivered their lessons, their support and information were second to none – amazing. Flexibility of being online worked well. It was great to do the workshops, as you get to see your trainers in person, that helps make you feel part of the team”.
Britta has been in childcare for 5 years, working in all the rooms and gaining a range of skills from these experiences. She has always been interested in the idea of going rural to educate.
“I looked into lots of different things from childcare centres in Alice Springs, to nannying in Cape York, then I came across the title ‘Governess’. After exploring what this actually involves I discovered that I can see myself doing exactly that”. Britta completed her Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care recently and starts her new job soon in western Queensland.
Having experienced the highs and lows of Covid-19 last year, Da bravely decided that 2021 was the year to get back on track. “I was in administration before but have always wanted to work with children in early childhood. I did not think I could do it but after Covid, I wanted to try something new”.
After taking the first step by applying to the Certificate III course she quickly found her rhythm with mentoring from trainer Julene Muir. “The convenience of the Canvas e-learning platform, Julene’s advice and the valuable work placement experience was great”. “Now I feel excited to apply for any early childhood job – the Centre I completed work placement even asked me to apply there!”
I had just come back from living in Paris as a Nanny for a few years and had previously worked in the Child Care industry as an Assistant with a Certificate 3.
The beautiful Deb (my ACE trainer) visited my Centre and I was ready to up-skill to the Diploma. Studying with ACE was the best decision I ever made. It gave me the flexibility to still work full time (I’m currently a Room Leader for a large Centre) but also have the support and help from a trainer when I needed it. You have nothing to loose! Just do it.
Certificate III in HACC
Diploma of Community Services
I was ready for a change and from my research I knew that disability and aged care were two industries that were growing rapidly. I was ready to re-skill to meet the job market and find a career, not just a job.
With my Diploma now complete I am a senior disability support worker, responsible for much of the training of new staff and have recently been asked to fill in for management. I am excited by the opportunities that lay ahead and proud to work in this industry.
I started studying Early Childhood while still completing Year 12 at school, but I really thought I would become a builder or carpenter. I’m totally happy with how things have worked out for me. I am just about to complete my Certificate III qualification and working here at the Centre as a trainee. I hope to continue working with young children and progress to studying a Certificate IV in Youth Work. The future looks bright.
Having previously owned and managed my own medical centre for 12 years I thought this would be an opportunity for me to help out in the community. I was offered an opportunity to work [very limited hours] as soon as my course finished. But I said YES, within 6 weeks my work [hours] had increased immensely and with Christmas approaching I made myself available for anything at anytime. I’m very proud to say I was made the first “Employee of the Month”. I’m still with the same company and love what I do.
I want to change the area that I work in and doing a Certificate III in Business Administration is a great way to start this new path in the direction I want to go. I would say that it is always a great idea to learn new things and get new experiences, so you can keep on improving yourself and your skills, whether you’re doing it for professional or personal reasons.