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Wilcannia local and soon to be mother-of-two, Chloe Jones is
encouraging others to consider a rewarding career in early childhood
education and care as newly released figures reveal a high demand for
skilled early childhood workers in NSW.
According to research carried out by Australia’s leading training
provider, TAFE NSW, by 2021 the early childhood education and care
industry in NSW is set to increase by 13.9%. The Australian Government
Jobs Outlook data suggests that now is the perfect time to be pursuing
a career in this industry with more than 36,000 job openings
forecasted Australia-wide by 2022.
Ms Jones began her exciting journey in the early childhood education
and care industry by studying a Certificate III in Early Childhood
Education and Care at TAFE NSW Wilcannia. Little did she know it would
lead to a rewarding career opportunity teaching and caring for local children.
“I initially did my work placement at Barlu Kurli Preschool and was
lucky enough to be offered a maternity relief role at the preschool as
an Aboriginal Education Officer. I really enjoy caring for children
and teaching them about Aboriginal culture and history.”
“I am also enjoying learning about how to work and interact with
children and encouraging them to express themselves.
“The teachers at TAFE NSW have been so supportive and flexible and
have allowed me to work full-time and study at the same time. I’m
working hard to finish my course by July this year and I’m looking
forward to my future working with children.”
TAFE NSW Children’s Services Teacher, Karen Forrester, said Chloe has
demonstrated dedication to her studies and work placement at her
current employment at Barlu Kurli Preschool.
“Chloe is developing a sound understanding of current industry and
early childhood knowledge and is a credit to her community and to the
“She is the perfect example of students coming to TAFE NSW to get the
hands-on skills and experience to be job ready.”
To find out more about studying early childhood education and care at
TAFE NSW, phone 13 16 01 or visit www.tafensw.edu.au.
Media contact: Emma Curtis, TAFE NSW Media Officer, (02) 6338
2509, mobile 0427 901 515