Being a male in a non traditional role has never stopped Michael Turley achieving success in his chosen career.
The twenty-one year old Chinchilla resident always knew he wanted to work with children. For those close to Michael it comes as no surprise that he has fitted in extremely well at Charley’s Place Early Learning College, Chinchilla, following the completion of his Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care in October last year.
The College provides full time care and education for children from 6 weeks old, including Before School Care and a Government Approved Kindergarten.
Michael started his traineeship at the College in March 2013 and, with the support of the QGC Strengthening Local Workforces Program, Michael is now working as a full time Assistant Educator in the “Under The Sea” Kindergarten Room.
The program is a partnership between leading Australian coal seam gas explorer, QGC and BUSY and provides mentoring, coaching and support for apprentices and trainees outside the resources sector.
Michael said he was thankful for the support he has received from the program which has helped generate more than 200 new jobs in fields such as a child care, health, hospitality and administration.
“The program really helped build my confidence and kept me focused on my future goals. The support from the BUSY mentor was excellent and the life skills training in assertiveness and time management have helped me become a better Educator,” Michael said.
Director of Charley’s Place Early Learning College, Jennifer Bell, was full of praise for Michael saying he was a great asset to the College.
“Mr Mike is one of two male Educators at our College and is a great role model for all the children. He is very hands-on and always remains professional even in challenging situations. He connects well with all of the staff, students and parents alike and is a pleasure to have in our team,” Jennifer said.
Michael credits his interest in Early Childhood Education to having spent time with his cousins and being around children often.
“When I was younger I always had a great connection with kids and enjoyed being part of their lives,” Michael said.
BUSY At Work CEO, Paul Miles said Michael has become a great role model for the industry.
“Michael has demonstrated a positive commitment and enthusiasm to his traineeship and set a great example for other young people wanting to follow in his footsteps.”
“Through the support and mentoring from the QGC Strengthening Local Workforces Program, Michael has become a great role model in his chosen career. He is also making a very positive contribution to his employer and to the Chinchilla community,” Mr Miles said.
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