Meet our team setting you up for success

Learner success is about making sure you feel supported at every learning stage. From the moment you enrol to the time you graduate and join the workforce, and sometimes beyond, we aim to co-create a transformational learning experience. 

Our team is made up of passionate trainers with skills gained from experience in the sector to share with you. The Selmar support team is focused on providing training that suits your individual needs, helping you to reach your full potential and achieve your career goals. Get to know more about our trainers and support team, including their qualifications, experience and personal career journeys.

“Our approach to learning enables us to treat each learner as an individual, with different needs and circumstances. Our aim is for every learner to find learning methods that work for them, and gain the knowledge and skills to impact the workplaces they go into, and by extension, the world around them.” 

Support from start to finish

Kylie Jackson

Kylie Jackson
Placement Coordinator

Kylie is passionate about the importance practical work placement plays for students and takes great pride in making it a valuable and positive experience. She really gets to know the students she is finding work placement for, so that she can provide them with the best hands-on learning opportunities that suit each individual. >>Read more

Mary Fennessy

Mary Fennessy
Language Literacy and Numeracy Support

Getting qualified isn’t a journey you need to take alone, and with committed support from people like learner support coordinator, Mary Fennessy, why would you? Mary takes time to really get to know her students and their individual circumstances so she can tailor her support programs for every learner.
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Robert Gould - Learner Success Advisor

Robert Gould
Learner Success Advisor

Being a good listener combined with a passion for problem-solving has led Robert to the role as Learner Success Advisor at Selmar. He loves being able to support learners with practical issues as well as personal challenges.

“I’ve always loved supporting people so being able to utilise this in my career is fantastic! As a vocal feminist and active advocate of LGBTQ* rights and cultural sensitivity, working with people from different backgrounds and demographics is deeply satisfying to me.”

Originally from beautiful Bath in the UK, Robert knew he wanted to work in welfare provision when he spent a year as Vice-President Welfare of his Students’ Union, where he helped students with issues as diverse as housing, equality and mental health. After studying a Masters in Gender & Media, he realised he wanted to apply this in an educational context.

Ashleigh Norton - Learner Success Advisor

Ashleigh Norton
Learner Success Advisor

During her time with Selmar, Ashleigh has made a huge impact on her learners, always going out of her way to support them with any issue, big or small. Her compassion, patience and intuitive nature means learners can truly rest easy knowing she has their best interest in mind.

 “My philosophy is that everyone should be granted an equal opportunity to learn, and within my role I am able to assist and support learners directly and help them achieve the best possible outcomes within their studies.”

Ashleigh’s background is within Education, having completed her Bachelor of Education (Primary) in 2017. Throughout her studies, she developed a passion for teaching English second language learners. Before coming to Selmar, Ashleigh was teaching English in Seoul, South Korea.

 

Educators and learners are partners and collaborators with a shared goal: to impact the world around us through care and compassion

We all know that one teacher figure who trusts you to succeed can make a big difference. At Selmar, we want to help you find those supportive connections that will continue throughout your studies with us and will create a foundation for your future professional relationships. 

Our early childhood education trainers

Lisa Galley

Lisa Galley

A workplace trainer in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, Lisa Galley calls her role with Selmar her dream job.

With over 7 years of child care experience, Lisa loves that her position as a trainer with Selmar enables her to provide such a great variety of services to the diverse range of students in our courses.

“We have good, constant support for our students. We are able to be contacted via email, messages and calls, and have a monthly contact meeting to check their progress.”

With several years as a trainer, Lisa is very happy doing what she is doing and is looking forward to being involved in ensuring her training is tailored to the needs of her learners.

Anna Connor

With three Selmar courses under her belt, Anna knows all about studying from the perspective of both the trainer and the student.

Anna has been a Selmar trainer for seven years, supporting students to get qualified in courses right through from the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care to the Advanced Diploma in Community Sector Management.

Anna is also a trainer support coordinator. In this role leverages her many years experience to help trainers to be the best trainer they can.

“I love Selmar because they have such a passionate, inviting and motivating team which allows me to perform to the best of my ability with their support and guidance”.

Lauren Purdie

Lauren Purdie

Lauren holds a Diploma of Children’s Services, a Diploma of Leadership and Management and has been working in the early education and care sector for more than 12 years.

She believes that passion, patience, compassion, flexibility and organisation are some of the key factors that enable her to be a great trainer. These qualities combined with a high-level of understanding of the sector is what enables her to improve the skills of her learners on a daily basis.

Lauren’s greatest passion in her work is empowering learners to be passionate about and strive for children’s rights and education.

 

Jessica Quirk

Jessica Quirk

Jess has been working in the education sector since 2012 starting as an assistant educator before moving into management. She has also studied the Certificate III and Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Her wealth of sector experience, passion and depth of knowledge enables her to be a empathetic trainer who ensures she helps her learners become the best educators they can be.

“I have a very big passion to share my skills and knowledge to support and guide our future educators. I want to support learners to succeed”.

Enis George

Enis George

With six years of experience as a child care worker, Enis George has always had a passion for children. When her family migrated to Australia from New Zealand in 2011, she made the switch from finance and tourism into early childhood, gaining her Certificate III in Children’s Services and then a Diploma of Children’s Services.

Enis specifically had her eyes open for a training role with Selmar: “[When I got the call to say I had the job], I was in tears because I had reached the ultimate goal of being an early childhood trainer and with Selmar!”

Enis is currently a workplace and distance trainer with Selmar and loves to know that she is making a difference in people’s lives, aiming to continue to help, guide and support each educator to complete their qualifications.

Nikita Perry

Nikita Perry

Nikita is one of Selmar’s talented trainer and assessors. She finds her work very rewarding and loves to support her students through their learning journey.

With four years’ experience working in child care and a further four as a trainer, Nikita is passionate about promoting quality education and care for children and helping shape educators to be the best they can be.

Her belief is that Selmar’s commitment to fostering positive student relationships is what sets Selmar apart and gives students the best opportunity to flourish the child care industry.

Nikita herself aims to continue learning and increasing her knowledge and skills so that she can provide her students with the best training possible to assist them to flourish as educators.

 

Our aged and disability care trainers

Sally forbes

Sally Forbes

Sally Forbes initially came to seek a career in aged care while looking for a career that could enable her to work around her role as a new mum.

It was the beginning of 12 years spent working in aged care settings, with experience caring for a range of individuals with varying needs.

“I spent most of my time working in a ‘locked down’ dementia-specific ward. Dementia clients are my favourite to work with — no shift is ever the same!”

Around three and a half years ago, Sally decided to share her knowledge of the aged care industry with others and began working in training and assessment.

“I want to have an impact on aged care workers of the future”

Genuine passion is something you feel from Sally right away, and it’s that passion that Sally sees as Selmar’s point of difference from other training organisations. This passion also makes Sally’s influence on Selmar learners so powerful. She really prides herself on enabling others to become the best aged carers they can be. After all, as Sally puts it:

“They could be looking after me one day!”.

Karen Richards

Karen Richards

Understanding of what it takes to succeed as an aged care worker comes through industry experience and Karen Richards has six years of it to share as an Aged Care trainer with Selmar.

It’s her time spent in aged care settings, honing her expertise, that Karen believes contributes to her ability to be a great trainer — and sharing all she has learned is what she loves most about her work.

Karen believes that Selmar stands out from other training organisations because of the passion of its trainers, and Karen’s own enthusiasm for aged care training proves this to be true.

The years to come should only see Karen continue to share her passion for aged care with more Selmar learners, with Karen’s career goal a straightforward yet admirable one:

“To remain training and passing on my knowledge.”

With aged care trainers like Karen Richards at Selmar, you’re in good hands.

Danile Hau

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In a previous life, Daniel worked in management roles in hotels and catering, among others, but only found his true calling once he began working within the community sector.

Wanting to help to make a difference in the community, Daniel began looking into community services organisations. After completing his Certificate IV in Disability, he began his first disability support trainer role in 2010.

As a trainer with Selmar, Daniel now shares his expertise and passion with those who are also keen to embark on a meaningful career path.

Daniel always strives to give learners an in-depth training experience that sparks their own passion and shows them what truly rewarding work they are undertaking on their career journey.

So what does it take to be an effective trainer accordingly to Daniel?

“Continuous knowledge improvement and skills development are vital. Patience, caring and compassion are required to succeed too”.

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