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Qualified and confident – Martha cleans up with TAFE Queensland

TAFE Queensland's partnership with the Department of Education (DoE) to provide school-based cleaners with a pathway to study the Certificate III in Cleaning Operations (CPP30321) is paying dividends.

Under the guidance of TAFE Queensland teachers, students receive recognition for the skills they have gained in the workplace. Through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), students can fast-track their studies using the skills and knowledge gained at work and only need to undertake training and assessment for the remaining units to meet the requirements for a formal qualification.

Recent graduate Martha Will, who works at Highlands Kindy & Early Learning in Toowoomba, built specialist school cleaning skills and knowledge under the guidance of TAFE's teachers.

"The course built my skills, taught me more about cleaning, and the teachers made it easy for me to learn." says Martha.

During the course, Martha learnt various cleaning techniques, the latest industry practices for preparing and cleaning classrooms safely and infection control, while also learning about hazard identification and minimisation.

"I learned that if there is any hazard in the area, how to control it, move it and keep the area safe and clean. It's crucial in my role, as I'm responsible for mopping, wiping tables and doors, cleaning the toilets, and dusting to ensure everything in the class is right for the young students."

"I found the course very interesting, and every day I learnt something helpful to my job – particularly how to deal with clients."

Now a graduate, Martha is proud to be formally recognised with a qualification and thanks to her time at TAFE Queensland, has the confidence to study more in the future.

“This course was an excellent opportunity because I learned a lot and improved my skills. If there is another course to do, I will do it."

"I am so proud to have graduated, and I'm confident and prepared to do my job, and I'm proud to have a qualification."

"Everyone should study with TAFE Queensland because it's great to be qualified. It will help bring you opportunities that will lead to a promotion in the future," concludes Martha.

Students studying the Certificate III in Cleaning Operations (CPP30321) come from diverse cultures and backgrounds, where English is often their second or third language and have limited access to or no post-school education and limited to no digital literacy.

For more information, contact 1300 780 368 or email SchoolCleaners.Brisbane@tafe.qld.edu.au.