The Rural and Remote Workforce Initiative held its second Residential in Cairns from 13 to 17 November. Sixteen students participated to receive study support to help progress their Certificate III and Diplomas in early childhood education.
The Rural and Remote Workforce Initiative aims to support the delivery of high quality early childhood education and care in priority rural and remote communities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This is done through one-on-one study support in the rural and remote locations, as well as Residentials held in Cairns to which students travel and spend a week studying with teachers from their registered training organisation.
The November Residential included students from many different rural and remote areas of Far North Queensland, including Normanton, Yam Island, Badu Island, Napranum, Cloncurry, Coen, Kubin Island, Bamaga, Horn Island, Weipa and Saibai Island. TAFE and C&K, the registered training organisations (RTO), provided three teachers to support their students all week and they did an excellent job of assisting the students to complete assessments and progress through their courses. Two QCOSS staff were also present to provide support.
One of the highlights for the students was their participation in a yarning circle and listening to Roslyn Von Senden from QCOSS talk about Aboriginal culture and history, and then hearing stories from staff and students.
The week was a great opportunity for the student educators to meet their peers and create new networks, as well as being able to visit centres in Cairns to gain inspiration to implement new activities in their own workspaces. Representatives from TAFE North Indigenous support, Inclusion Support and Department of Education and Training were also able to come and talk to the rural and remote students.
The next residential will be held in February 2018 and there will be four residentials in total next year. The Rural and Remote Workforce Initiative team will continue to work hard supporting students from many different areas in Far North, North, South West and Central Queensland.