Garry's Journey with Seed Skills...
Garry has been employed with Safe Places for Children since February of 2016. As part of his employment conditions, he was required to complete his Induction Training. Through completion of this training he was accredited with a CHC30112 Certificate III in Community Services Work.
Since completing this qualification, Garry’s thirst for self-development led him to enrol in the August intake for CHC40313 Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention. This is qualification has a duration of 12 months. In the past six months, Garry has worked as a self-paced student, and has successfully complete 9 out of 16 competencies.
Garry’s hard work is an inspiration to others looking to take their study opportunities further but who may be nervous about taking those first steps. Garry is a strong ambassador for professional development in the workplace, and we hope that by sharing Garry’s experience it will help others in lighting their own passion when it comes to their own self-growth and learning.
Here is a summary of Garry’s learning journey so far…
What qualification are you currently studying with Seed Skills?
I am currently completing CHC40313 Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention.
Have you completed previous studies with Seed Skills? If so, what qualification did you complete?
CHC30112 – Certificate III in Community Services Work. I completed this as part of my Induction program with Safe Places for Children.
What drove you to continue your studies after your employment objectives (Induction criteria) were met?
I enjoyed the studying topics that related directly to my work. I also wanted the opportunity to further progress my subject knowledge and how it aligns to my employer’s policies and procedures and the relevant Government Legislation.
During your studies, Seed Skills has changed their learning/ assessment methodology from paper-based (2015), to Online Learning in Moodle (2016) and finally its current online learning management system called Canvas which was launched in January 2017, which system has been your preference for your learning journey and why?
I have experienced both the Moodle and Canvas systems. I personally prefer the Canvas system (the latest system) which I have found to be easy super user-friendly. It allows work to be completed on the move and it is easy to keep up to date with the messages, grades, and progress via the mobile application when I’m on the move.
During your self-paced studies, how have you felt regarding the overall support provided by Seed Skills?
Support has been excellent. Support by staff was made available and was easily accessible via the Canvas messaging system and over the telephone. Grading has been swift which has greatly assisted in maintaining my current progress and momentum as I move towards completion.
Seed Skills Head Office is based in Brisbane. Being a student from interstate, how have you found the Live Online Classrooms, combined with Self-Paced study?
The live on-line classrooms have been excellent, easier than I imagined to log in and navigate around which is supported by a live guide from the facilitator at the start of the course. They also offer an opportunity for you to meet others who are studying your course and have real time discussions exploring different perspectives which assist completing assignments.
What was your favourite thing about studying with Seed Skills?
The questions and assessments are easy to interpret and the combination of Written Assessments, Portfolios of Evidence and Projects offer great variety during my study. The Observation Reports also offers an opportunity for your direct Line Manager to be involved in your learning and gives them an opportunity to observe your skills against a number set criteria whilst on-the-job.
Out of Five Stars, how would you rate your overall experience/ satisfaction levels with Seed Skills?
I would rate my experience at level 4 and can confidently say that I have been extremely satisfied with Seed Skills and will be exploring other opportunities in which to continue learning and growing whilst employed by Safe Places.
What would be three (3) key recommendations/ helpful tips you would suggest, to current and future students, that you believe would assist them in learning online.
- Set yourself up for success by watching the demo video and reading the user guide’s which are provided. This has useful information about the how to interpret and navigate around Canvas and can assist in reducing your concerns when it comes to on-line learning. It is easier than you originally think.
- Plan your study time and look ahead to what evidence you can work towards documenting and obtaining whilst in your workplace and on shift.
- Commit to your studies and build this into your routine, it is surprising how fast modules can be completed and the progress you can make in such a short period of time.