Women working together to make a difference

13 June 2016

Geraldton TAFE student, Sheryl Major, has been announced as the recipient of the 2016 Certificate I in New Opportunities for Women (NOW) scholarship.

Sponsored by Soroptimists International of Geraldton, the generous donation valued at $500 has enabled Sheryl to purchase a much needed laptop to assist with her studies.

Sheryl said the laptop has allowed her to connect with lecturers and classmates, giving her the resource to undertake study from home. It’s also empowered her with the confidence to commit to a pathway of study continuing into next year.

“After completion of the NOW course, I’m planning to undertake the Diploma of Community Services, specialising in Counselling.”

Geraldton’s Soroptimist representative, Veronica (Roni) Davies, said supporting education for women was high on the list of priorities for Soroptimists International.

“We are very proud to present this scholarship, encouraging and enabling women to get back into the workforce or continue with further studies.” Roni continued,

“We received 7 applications for the scholarship, and part of the application process required the students to prepare their resumes, then go through an interview process.”

Sheryl said, “The TAFE lecturers were very supportive of all the students in assisting them to prepare their applications and instrumental in giving them the confidence to go through the selection process.”

Roni said, “We were amazed at the high quality of the ladies’ presentations and their resumes – the final selection was a difficult decision.

We look forward to continuing our relationship with Central Regional TAFE to empower Geraldton women to better their lives and as a consequence, the lives of their children.”

Soroptimist is a vibrant, dynamic organisation for professional women to help women and girls to achieve their individual and collective potential.

The NOW course is designed for women looking to return to the workforce and is a refresher and development course for women to improve and develop their general skills and knowledge.

Sheryl said “Before I started this course I didn’t know where I was heading. This course has been invaluable in clarifying where I want to go in my career and what I need to do to get there.”

Sheryl added, “Sometimes the hardest part about embarking on something new is having the courage to get into the front door first.

Taking that first step for me, really was the stepping stone for setting me up to succeed.”

FT - Full time

PT - Part time

FLX - Flexible

RPL - Recognition of prior learning

ONL - Online

OPL - Open learning

PRE - Preapprenticeship

APP - Apprenticeship

TRN - Traineeship

WPA - Workplace assessment