Regional Spotlight: Rockhampton

One of Multicap’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work graduates has been nominated for a state training award.

Emu Park resident Shiralee Owens’ dedication in obtaining her Certificate III in Individual Support has been second-to-none. After overcoming numerous barriers to gain the qualification and permanent employment, she’s also been nominated for a state-level training award.

As part of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) program, with the support of Multicap and ARC Training, Shiralee enrolled in the 17-week course. With a hectic family schedule of her husband working Drive-in-Drive-Out shifts, her twin 13-year old boys both NDIS participants, and ongoing battles with her own health, Shiralee finally decided it was time to do something “just for her,” in a career that offers flexibility.

When a friend at one of her boys’ support services told her about SQW at Multicap, it seemed like the perfect solution. Shiralee found completing her Certificate III challenging while managing course study, work placement at two organisations and her family life, but says she was grateful for the individual support and flexibility provided to her through the SQW program, Multicap and ARC Training.

“By having all the wonderful support and guidance from a great trainer, my awesome classmates and other students, along with access to resources readily available to me at all times, it made completing the course so much easier. The work placement played a major part in gaining my qualification and it equipped me to further understand the industry and how it works to best support people of all ages with disability, and the elderly,” Shiralee said.

Her tenacity and determination shone through, and after obtaining her Certificate III, Shiralee gained employment within the disability support sector, which gives her flexibility to balance her work and home life. Her success impressed so much that she has been nominated for the Equity VET Student of the Year category in the 2020 Queensland Training Awards.

“If you are looking to do something extremely rewarding in the disability or aged care sector as a Support Worker and don’t know where to start, I highly recommend getting in touch with the team at SQW to get you where you want to go – they helped change my life!” Shiralee said.

Congratulations Shiralee, and all the best for your award nomination and your career in supporting people with disability.

This Skilling Queenslanders for Work project is proudly funded by the Queensland Government. Find out more by clicking here to visit the SQW section of our website.

 

 

Image: Shiralee graduating with her Certificate III in Individual Support

 

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