This client gained an interview late last year within the TAFE institution in the role of Tutor Children Services. The selection criteria component required addressing five key criteria. Following are excerpts from two of the criteria.

Experience in delivering instruction in a classroom, workplace or flexible learning situation supported by examples that indicate excellence in teaching practice.

I have demonstrated the quality of my teaching ability in the classroom and on-site delivery in my current role as Workplace Trainer and Assessor at a private RTO in Brisbane. I have adapted the course and work closely with students who have completed the course in order to successfully match them with employment opportunities. This has resulted in the placement of a large percentage of students/graduates in sustainable employment as Carers. The quality of my work and the respect I have engendered from professional colleagues has resulted in several commendations: highly competent trainer and assessor varying teaching strategies in response to the needs of the group; excellent ability to relate to students in the class leading to very high standards of student participation. I possess a solid understanding of contemporary teaching and learning practices including competency-based training, full time, part time, workshop, distance and correspondence learning in the VET sector. In my current role, I use information and communication technology applications in the delivery of courses, from technology in the classroom such as audiovisual aids, online research tools, overhead projector, DVDs and college internet cafe research projects. I follow lesson plans, performance criteria and use a variety of methods to assist students in gaining competencies. Assessments are done in various formats including group, individual, online, and practicums.

A capacity to contribute to the future needs of the faculty and teaching team.

In my previous role as Coordinator and Lecturer for the ABC Academy in Sydney, I was responsible for the curriculum development and coordination of course delivery and services to international students in the Diploma of Children’s Services; and coordinated Children’s Services practicums. My ability to implement new initiatives is demonstrated in my current role as Lecturer and Practicum Coordinator for a RTO in Brisbane. In this role, I adapted the existing Certificate III in Children’s Services course for people who have been unemployed (long-term) or have special needs or disabilities. This has resulted in a significant success rate in placing graduates in sustainable employment. Also whilst in this role (through the placement of students in practicums), I have built a strong network of contacts in the industry and the broader employment sector, particularly in Children’s Services and the disability sector. This is supported by the links and contacts I established as the Proprietor of the XYZ Agency and my ongoing community activities. I have also managed a distance learning program in Children’s services in Brisbane.

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