Return to the sort of work you want with an RPL Certificate
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a versatile solution for anyone looking to transform their career. Whatever the reason or industry, an RPL certificate can clear the way for the change you want.
According to SEEK, more than 38% of Australians in the workforce are currently seeking a career or basic role change. While a significant proportion of this comes down to general dissatisfaction, there is a unique segment that is often overlooked – people returning to work after a prolonged absence.
Whether you have recently become a parent, have had a long sabbatical or have come back from a major illness or injury, you will be left wondering whether you are up to scratch for your field or if you need a change. Finding the right career is a priority.
Discover for yourself how Amy’s prior learning and training allowed her to carve at a new career and a dream job.
Amy Owen returned to work as a cook after having her first child, but found it to be both unsuitable for her new life stage and her passions. A chance conversation with the director at new daughter’s day care centre about balancing work with family life set the stage for a career change.
A career in childcare had never been on Amy’s radar, but it turned out to be a career she loves and a stroke of good luck.
“I landed on my feet. I needed to change components of my life since becoming a parent, and adapting my working life was an obvious starting point.” Amy adores children and flourished in her new chosen profession and industry, earning her Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) within the first year.
Recognition of Prior Learning – Amy’s fast track
Amy attributes much of her success to RPL and the practical training at TAFE Queensland. As a full-time employee, Amy opted to study through workplace training and Recognition of Prior Learning, meaning she could fit the remaining study in around family and work.
A Workplace Training Officer (WTO) visited Amy periodically and continued to stay in touch with her to help her navigate the lessons and assessments.
Since completing her Diploma in 2015, Amy has been promoted twice; first to Assistant Centre Director, and then again to Centre Director within the Kidzco group.
Amy is now hiring her own team, and says she would not hesitate to hire TAFE-trained childcare staff, knowing the benefits of the program firsthand.
“As an employer, I particularly notice the added passion and knowledge of staff who have trained with TAFE, compared with those trained elsewhere.”
But Amy says the biggest payoff involved is the example she has set for her daughters.
“I knew I needed skills to enhance our lifestyles. Aside from getting my Diploma and doing well at work, I was able to demonstrate to my daughters the power of education. I wanted to show them that you can do anything you set your mind to. And I did.”
How to make your experience work for you
Australia’s employers have seen the technological and process changes that are coming, and are crying out for people with the initiative to take on new skills and qualifications to match. Whatever scale or type of change you want in your career, you can make it happen.
All you need to do is make the most of your own experience and your potential. Check your eligibility today.