Danni Grundy’s journey through the education system shines the spotlight on how vocational education and training (VET) supports bright futures.
When she was young, Danni wanted to leave school and work at her parent’s childcare centre, in a small town in Western Australia. She completed a traineeship gaining a business qualification, then a Certificate III and Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. Danni’s passion for ongoing learning was ignited.
Danni has since completed a Certificate IV and Diploma in Training and Assessment. When she was 32 she began her Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching, studying online through Swinburne University, located in Melbourne. During her university studies Danni has been awarded two high achieving student awards and invited to join the Golden Key Society due to her High Distinction average.
‘Starting out in a VET environment doesn’t stop you from growing. In fact, it gives you the freedom to grow,’ says Danni. ‘It’s a quality educational path and today I’m thrilled to be working in the TAFE environment itself, enabling students to think big about their careers.’
‘Many of our young female students complete a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and then a Diploma and some, if they choose, move on to university,’ says Danni. ‘We’ve had feedback from their university professors about how well they perform and how their hands-on VET experience has really helped them.’
As a trainer and assessor in the Early Childhood Education and Care faculty of Central Regional TAFE, Danni services students across 150 000 kilometres of Western Australia’s Wheatbelt. The unique requirements of students in regional and remote areas is a focus.
Danni uses innovative approaches in her work. She runs an online support community providing students with customised and contextualised learning materials and classroom communication. She also delivers elective units at TAFE to high school students and works closely with community and businesses to secure traineeship opportunities for students.
In 2015, Danni won the Trainer of Year award for Central Regional TAFE. She went on to win Western Australia VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year and became a finalist in the Australian Training Awards.
As an Australian VET Alumni member, Danni promotes VET as a high-quality pathway which leads to rewarding careers, not just jobs. ‘It opens doors, enhances employability pathways and offers greater choices,’ she says.
To find out more about how you can gain real skills for a real career through a VET qualification, visit www.myskills.gov.au
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