TAFE helped Le Shai reach ca­reer goals early

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When Le Shai Mor­ris re­alised she could start work­ing towards a qual­i­fi­ca­tion in child­care as part of her Year 12 stud­ies, it felt al­most too good to be true.

Thanks to TAFE NSW Rive­rina In­sti­tute, she was able to study the TAFE de­liv­ered Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing (TVET) course in Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tion and Care while com­plet­ing school.

By do­ing so, she gained a head start in the Cer­tifi­cate III qual­i­fi­ca­tion, which she is now com­plet­ing at TAFE Rive­rina's De­niliquin Cam­pus.

She said it’s a path other stu­dents should con­sider to make reach­ing their ca­reer goals more sim­ple.

‘‘I had thought about be­ing a nanny for about three years, but to be a nanny I knew I would need a Cer­tifi­cate III in Child­care,” the 19-year-old Fin­ley stu­dent said.

“Then I thought, why not do it while I’m still at school?’’

Le Shai said be­cause the TVET course was part of her Year 12 stud­ies, it didn’t add to her work­load.

‘‘It was a re­ally good thing for me to do . . . and to have that qual­i­fi­ca­tion com­ing out Year 12 is re­ally help­ful,” she said.

Com­plet­ing the course has pro­vided Le Shai with a strong plat­form to find em­ploy­ment in the in­dus­try, when­ever she chooses to seek work.

‘‘I’m still toss­ing up the idea of whether to do the Di­ploma or just en­ter the work­force next year,’’ she said.

For more in­for­ma­tion about TAFE Rive­rina's TVET cour­ses for high school stu­dents, visit www.rit.tafensw.edu.au/ for-stu­dents/still-at-school.

Le Shai Mor­ris

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