Thirty-five-year old Mitakodi woman Chantelle always had a personal interest in the community. Looking to return to work after eight years of being a stay-at-home mum to three children she enrolled in a Certificate IV in Community Services (CHC42015).
Chantelle wanted to further her knowledge and experience in preparation for obtaining employment.
"I have a personal interest in the community and in health care but also for personal development. I want to work in the community, particularly with families and Indigenous people," said Chantelle.
"The Certificate IV in Community Services will help me to become a support worker out in the community and I currently volunteer in one of community centres that I met through TAFE," she continued.
When asked what she's learnt, Chantelle laughingly asks what hasn't she learnt is the real question.
"I have learnt about some of the social issues that are occurring in our community and that has fueled my passion to get out there and work with people," she said.
"I have also enjoyed the information and the real life experiences that the teachers bring to every class."
"The teachers have really supported me with their knowledge of the industry through their work experience and life experiences; they are very knowledgeable and relatable and they make you feel comfortable," she said.
This course isn't the first time Chantelle has studied at TAFE Queensland though.
"I've had previous experience with TAFE Queensland and I enjoyed those experiences. I've found that TAFE is very easy to communicate with and there's a lot of support avenues too, people have diverse needs with education," said Chantelle.
"My favourite part about studying with TAFE Queensland is the flexibility. I can do work at home online or I can come to class and get face-to-face with the teachers".
A very excited Chantelle is eager to further continue her study and when the opportunity came when she applied for a scholarship.
"I applied for the Advance Queensland – TAFE Queensland Indigenous Pathways Scholarships initiative and I recently received an email confirming that I have been successful," she said.
"Next year I will be expanding my skills in mental health, alcohol and other drugs to better support the community."
When asked what advice Chantelle would give to others considering studying with TAFE Queensland she encourages everyone to take the first step and explore their options.
"Come in and have a talk, they give great advice."