Sharlene Hill recently graduated with her Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care with support from QCOSS’ Rural and Remote Workforce Initiative. Sharlene said the extra support she received from Ros, a Project Officer for QCOSS, was vital.
“When I was ready to give up, Ros was the only one pushing me to keep going,” Sharlene said.
“She really supported me when I needed it.”
Sharlene said knowing Ros would come back to help her was comforting.
“I enjoyed when Ros came out and checked on me. Kindergarten doesn’t finish until 3pm but Ros would stay back. When she couldn’t make it out, she would call and check-up. Having that support was really good,” she said.
Sharlene originally started her diploma while working at a day-care centre in Cloncurry in June 2016, but moved to another service to work in the kindergarten.
“They [QCOSS] stuck with me, even though I swapped companies.”
Sharlene said could see the positive impacts her study was having on her daily work.
“I feel more confident because I have the knowledge.”
Sharlene said there were challenging parts of the course.
“I struggled with Registered Training Organisations but QCOSS really helped. They told me places I could find answers.”
Although there were challenging parts of her diploma, Sharlene is motivated. She finished her diploma in December 2018 but is already trying to find ways to begin a Bachelor of Primary Education.