Scholarship recipients announced
Thanks to the Early Learning Scholarship Program (ELSP), developed in partnership with the Shire of Roebourne, Rio Tinto and the Pilbara Institute, eight locals will receive financial assistance while studying early learning and childcare.
A call for applications late last year resulted in Simone Rowe, Tamarra Lynch, Tarniesha Thompson, Amanda Dawson, Michelle Giovenco, Melanie Carr, Kim Tahi Tahi and Stacey Sampi as the successful recipients earlier this year.
Each will receive financial incentives at key milestones throughout their training and will also have their course costs covered.
The program covers those who are completing a Certificate III in Children’s Services, Diploma of Children’s Services and Advanced Diploma of Children’s Services, and is aimed at encouraging people interested in a career in early learning to take the next step.
Roebourne Shire Council President Fiona White-Hartig said a shortage of childcare places locally had led the Shire of Roebourne, Rio Tinto and the Pilbara Institute to join forces to offer these scholarships.
“By encouraging more people to work in child care we will ideally see more and more child care places becoming available for families in our Shire,” Councillor White-Hartig said.
“Being a part of the ELSP is the first step to becoming involved in a worthwhile and rewarding career.
“Quality education, care and play for children in their formative years lay the foundations for their future development.
“The program offers financial assistance to people from a range of backgrounds and living situations to progress in a career in early learning.”
Kim Tahi Tahi, the successful recipient of a scholarship to study a Certificate III in Children’s Services, said this opportunity would help her continue to have a positive impact with families in her community of Roebourne and surrounding areas.
“It is so important in the early years to encourage a love of learning, having positive experiences and helping parents and children transition to school in order to have a successful education and a bright future,” Ms Tahi Tahi said.
“Thank you to the Shire of Roebourne, Rio Tinto and the Pilbara Institute for this wonderful opportunity.”