Marina Martiniello - CIT Yurauna Centre
I started working at CIT Yurauna Centre in 2005 in an administration role, and in 2010 completed my teaching degree. Whilst studying, I began teaching the Learning Options and Access 10 courses for Indigenous Australians.
My role is to empower and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in these courses to develop their skills, their confidence and their future goals.
I first returned to study in 2002 and completed the Learning Options for Indigenous Australians course. This was the stepping stone for me, which enabled me to gain a diploma, a teaching qualification, a careers development qualification, a bachelor degree and an incredibly fulfilling career. Because of my own experiences in returning to study, I can relate to my students (and they can relate to me) and I can give them the right support, encouragement and guidance to help them reach their full potential.
I also took 18 months away from teaching to work for Aboriginal Hostels Limited, where I coordinated the Indigenous Youth Mobility Program (IYMP). The program is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aged 16 - 24 years who travel from remote communities to access higher education within the VET sector and universities, traineeships and apprenticeships.
The students are definitely the best part of my job. I absolutely love working with them and they all bring something different to the classroom. Our philosophy is to give each student a learning experience and individual learning plans that suits their needs. I love working with the students and getting to know their personalities and learning about their hopes and their dreams as these all form an important part of teaching the courses. It is very rewarding to watch the students develop within their learning and grow within themselves.