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We need to talk about Kevin...and his swift teaching qualification and job.

The ‘earning while learning’ transition has been a highly successful pathway for Kevin, who is now employed as a Teacher at TAFE Queensland. Exactly as the Foundation Educator Program intends.

“My trade is Light Vehicle Automotive. I had been in the trade for fourteen years in a variety of positions from an apprentice to Diagnostic Technician and Workshop Foreman. Mostly working in dealership workshops at Mitsubishi, Kia, Nissan, and Hyundai,” Kevin explained.

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“I had decided that getting into education was the next step in my career, honestly though – I wasn’t expecting to get here so soon. When I started my training certificate (Certificate IV in Training and Education [TAE]) I thought it would take me up to 5 years to get a position with TAFE Queensland (my dream training job), but the Foundation Educator Program made a huge difference to that timeframe,” Kevin said.

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Kevin was not alone in his perceptions – recent research conducted by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research highlighted the need for a clearer and more hands-on pathway from industry expert to VET Teacher. As such, the Foundation Educator Program was developed (by TAFE Queensland) with the objective to attract passionate industry experts and convert them into the highest quality teachers and tutors, swiftly. The program was also developed to address succession planning and ensure a continued enthusiastic workforce, for which TAFE Queensland is renowned.

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The Foundation Educator Program sees industry experts employed and paid as a Foundation Educator whilst completing their TAE, funded by TAFE Queensland, if completed within 12 months. As they progress through each stage of their training qualification, their responsibilities within the classroom increase, under the guidance of the Foundation Educator’s Supervisor, who acts as a ‘mentor’ to, and assesses and confirms the Foundation Educator’s required skills and competencies.

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Kevin continued, “I didn’t actually know of the Foundation Educator Program until I saw the advertisement for the position with TAFE Queensland. I was part-way through my TAE and I jumped at the opportunity. I sat in on a few weeks of classes so I could get an understanding of how the programs are run. This then progressed to more of a teaching assistant role where I guided the apprentices in practical activities and helped with questions as I was able. Then finally I was moved into leading the classes, with my mentor sitting in class to provide guidance and support. Now that I have graduated, I am running classes on my own and signing off on assessments.”

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“Having the benefit of talking to truly experienced educators definitely helped me attain my certificate (of TAE), as they were able to give me a lot of guidance and context on the subjects. The teaching and support staff in my department are great, very supportive and inclusive. Starting a new career was initially very intimidating but with their support it has been the best decision I have made,” Kevin shared.

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The ‘earning while learning’ transition has been a highly successful pathway for Kevin, who is now employed as a Teacher at TAFE Queensland. Exactly as the Foundation Educator Program intends.

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“I have found it to be very rewarding teaching apprentices. Given they all have an interest in the subject matter, it really makes it easy to connect with them. Seeing the uptake of knowledge and their professional growth over time is very satisfying,” offered Kevin.

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“I would definitely recommend experienced and passionate industry experts to jump at this ‘become a trainer’ opportunity, even if they hadn’t already started the TAE certificate like I had. As for my plans now – they’re to fine tune my skills as an educator – there is always so much to learn, every day is a new experience and there’s a new lesson to absorb. In the future I may take the opportunity to study a Bachelor of Education (Applied Learning) with assistance from TAFE Queensland. But however it goes, I can see myself in education for a long time,” concluded Kevin.

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“My trade is Light Vehicle Automotive. I had been in the trade for fourteen years in a variety of positions from an apprentice to Diagnostic Technician and Workshop Foreman. Mostly working in dealership workshops at Mitsubishi, Kia, Nissan, and Hyundai,” Kevin explained.

“I had decided that getting into education was the next step in my career, honestly though –I wasn’t expecting to get here so soon. When I started my training certificate (Certificate IV in Training and Education [TAE]) I thought it would take me up to 5 years to get a position with TAFE Queensland (my dream training job), but the Foundation Educator Program made a huge difference to that timeframe,” Kevin said.

Kevin was not alone in his perceptions –recent researchconducted by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research highlighted the need for a clearer and more hands-on pathway from industry expert to VET Teacher. As such, the Foundation Educator Program was developed (by TAFE Queensland) with the objective to attract passionate industry experts and convert them into the highest quality teachers and tutors, swiftly. The program was also developed to address succession planning and ensure a continued enthusiastic workforce, for which TAFE Queensland is renowned.

The Foundation Educator Program sees industry experts employed and paid as a Foundation Educator whilst completing their TAE, funded by TAFE Queensland, if completed within 12 months. As they progress through each stage of their training qualification, their responsibilities within the classroom increase, under the guidance of the Foundation Educator’s Supervisor, who acts as a ‘mentor’ to, and assesses and confirms the Foundation Educator’s required skills and competencies.

凯文继续说:“直到我看到昆士兰TAFE学院招聘这个职位的广告,我才知道这个基础教育项目。荷兰对德国比赛直播当时我的TAE已经进行到一半了我就抓住了这个机会。我旁听了几个星期的课程,这样我就能了解程序是如何运行的。后来,我更像是一个教学助理的角色,在实践活动中指导学徒,并尽我所能帮助解决问题。最后,我被调去领导这些课程,我的导师坐在课堂上提供指导和支持。现在我已经毕业了,我正在自己上课,并通过评估。”

“Having the benefit of talking to truly experienced educators definitely helped me attain my certificate (of TAE), as they were able to give me a lot of guidance and context on the subjects. The teaching and support staff in my department are great, very supportive and inclusive. Starting a new career was initially very intimidating but with their support it has been the best decision I have made,” Kevin shared.

The ‘earning while learning’ transition has been a highly successful pathway for Kevin, who is now employed as a Teacher at TAFE Queensland. Exactly as the Foundation Educator Program intends.

“I have found it to be very rewarding teaching apprentices. Given they all have an interest in the subject matter, it really makes it easy to connect with them. Seeing the uptake of knowledge and their professional growth over time is very satisfying,” offered Kevin.

“I would definitely recommend experienced and passionate industry experts to jump at this ‘become a trainer’ opportunity, even if they hadn’t already started the TAE certificate like I had. As for my plans now – they’re to fine tune my skills as an educator – there is always so much to learn, every day is a new experience and there’s a new lesson to absorb. In the future I may take the opportunity to study a Bachelor of Education (Applied Learning) with assistance from TAFE Queensland. But however it goes, I can see myself in education for a long time,” concluded Kevin.