In 2013 Rungnapa’s migration from Thailand to Australia brought about a world of changes. Not only did she face an unfamiliar language, relocating also meant leaving behind a well-developed career. But this meant the chance for a new career in child care.

Rungnapa’s migration to Australia in 2013 brought about a world of changes. Arm-in-arm with her husband and young son, she left Thailand to settle in North Queensland in Cairns.

For Rungnapa relocating also meant leaving behind a well-developed professional career. In Thailand she was a tertiary-qualified accountant with years of industry experience. In Cairns she faced an unfamiliar language and communication barriers.

Rungnapa approached TAFE Queensland with the hopes of enrolling in the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP). For her the chance to develop her English skills meant the chance for a new career in child care.

Her dedication to the AMEP led to opportunities for further study. Following the initial course, Rungnapa was allocated places in both the AMEP Extend and Settlement Language Pathways to Employment and Training (SLPET).

Unbeknownst to her teachers, Rungnapa was already making strides in her new career. Eager, motivated, and ready to hit the ground running she continued attendance in the AMEP while attaining a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113).

The SLPET course equipped Rungnapa for prospective interviews from preparing job applications and resumes, to developing her confidence. It was also the chance for first-hand experience. Through the SLPET Rungnapa undertook a work experience placement at a local childcare centre.

‘I had a very good time. The educators are very nice and helpful and I did learn a lot of things while I was at the centre. It was a very good experience for me,’ said Rungnapa.

Following her placement, Rungnapa applied for a casual educator position with the centre and was invited to interview shortly after. Together with her SLPET teacher she thoroughly prepared questions and possible answers, developing a thoughtful interview strategy.

Today, Rungnapa is a proud employee at a Cairns childcare centre. Through the AMEP – and her drive to settle in a new country – she was able to attain the English skills necessary to start an exciting new career.

The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.



The AMEP is funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs. In Queensland, the AMEP is delivered through TAFE Queensland.

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