Delia is the 2018 recipient of the Mentor Award from bestchance Training.
Graduating in November, Delia undertook the Certificate III in Education Support through bestchance Training. She was awarded the Mentor Award at the graduation ceremony, due to her enthusiasm towards her coursework and her support of her fellow classmates.
Before coming to bestchance Training, Delia had worked in several fields, which included owning and running two businesses simultaneously, one in retail and the other in property styling (for which she holds her Diploma in Business Management). Most recently, she had spent the past 6 years caring for her son. As he grew, she found she loved being involved with his preschool, playgroup and school. In 2018 her son started Prep, and she enjoyed helping in the classroom by listening to the children read and going on excursions. It was this that encouraged her to research bestchance after hearing an ad on the radio.
Delia began to consider her future career and work that would fulfill her. Having already decided she wanted to study Education Support, she knew it would provide her with “the knowledge, skills and confidence to get a job as an Education Support worker.” Delia then researched the courses offered by bestchance, and decided the Training provider would be the perfect fit.
During her course, Delia completed her work experience at Clayton South Primary School and Dingley Primary School, gaining practical experience in the field. Her classes in the Glen Waverley Training facility taught her about the “different conditions, disabilities and disorders that affect so many children.” Her studies encouraged her desire to make a difference in the lives of young children, working with teachers in a classroom setting to help children learn.
When asked what her favourite part of studying with bestchance Training was, Delia had two things to share. First “the days and hours of attendance for the course were totally manageable and fit in perfectly with [her] family commitments.” Second was her class, which “was the best group of girls and [they] all got along so well.” Friendships were formed that will last a lifetime.
One standout experience for Delia was the visit from a KESO (Koorie Engagement Support Officer), who spoke to the class about a number of Indigenous issues and shared information with the students. The experience provided her with insights relevant to her course and future career. While on her work placement, Delia’s favourite memories were the moments shared with the children. Work placement is a requirement for the Certificate III in Education Support, and bestchance is uniquely placed to help students find work placement opportunities. Delia has now accepted a job offer as an Integration Aide at Athol Road Primary, and bestchance wishes her the best of luck with her new career.
For those wishing to study Education Support, Delia offers the following encouragement, “If you feel you have the capability to help and support children with additional needs, and want to make a difference in their education, then go for it!”