Meet Katherine’s new trainer, Jasmine
Jasmine helps adults further build skills in language, literacy, numeracy and digital literacy in the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program.
More than three hours’ drive from Darwin, in the small community of Katherine, STEPS’ new Language, Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Literacy Trainer Jasmine is loving her new role.
She said she had previously been a part of the STEPS team in 2017 and jumped at the opportunity to return.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to hop on board once again with STEPS and looking forward to supporting the Indigenous people out here in Katherine for their best possible future,” Jasmine said.
Can you tell me a little about yourself?
I’m mainly from Bangladesh and have been living in Australia for the past 10 years! I pursued my postgraduate degrees in Australia and since then made it my second home to help migrants and Indigenous people. My hobbies are listening to music and reading books (if I get time!). But my passions are dancing and educating. I love meeting new people as well.
What made you want to work with STEPS? What attracted you to the role?
I worked with STEPS back in mid-2017 but had to leave for personal reasons. I worked in community services afterwards. However, as one of my passions is teaching, I kept missing a part of myself! So, when I got the amazing opportunity of getting back to STEPS, I couldn’t let it go and have revived myself!
Describe your role with STEPS, what is a typical day?
My role with STEPS in the remote community requires a drive of 35km out of the Katherine town! So, my day starts with outback driving to the site, an amazing residential rehab. I conduct Pre-Training Assessments (PTAs) in the morning and teach the SEE Program in the afternoon. The site already has over 20 students and the number always keeps fluctuating ranging from 20-30 clients in the residential facility – it’s a busy place!
What is your favourite part of your job so far?
Undoubtedly, my favourite part of the job is teaching and helping students build skills for their future! But another favourite part of my job is having an amazing Manager who supports me and guides me to her best capabilities.
What is the most valuable thing you have learnt in your role?
Teaching is two-way learning. While I am teaching students, I’m learning about their culture and language.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
When it comes to teaching, I love everything about it! But what I enjoy most is the implicit practice of patience, discipline, respect and teamwork in teaching. While delivering the sessions, it’s not only about the SEE Program! The students also have the opportunity to build skills in communication, time management, teamwork and collaboration, and in empath by, of course respecting, each other’s viewpoints
The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment