Centre Director for Community Services, Health and Sport at TAFE Queensland, Robyn Littlejohn has been recognised for her dedication and contribution to training in Queensland as a finalist in the 2019 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

The annual awards celebrate women who "do business differently” with Robyn one of six inspiring women to be shortlisted from around 8,000 nominees as a finalist in the Public Sector and Academia category.

Ms Littlejohn said she was humbled by the acknowledgement and was proud to have the opportunity to represent TAFE Queensland at such a prestigious event.

“I am so incredibly honoured to have been nominated alongside such amazing women, all of whom are making incredible contributions to our state each and every day,” Ms Littlejohn said.

“As a leader within TAFE Queensland, I have the great privilege of supporting people to achieve their career goals while helping address the future skills demand of the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay region, which is already extremely rewarding, so to be recognised for my efforts is just the cherry on top.

“Education is my passion and as a lifelong learner myself, I believe the experience a student receives from their educator makes all the difference to their journey.”

Ms Littlejohn started in the VET sector as a business teacher in 2004 and has worked her way up over the years, first taking on the role of Centre Director for Creative and Digital in 2012 before landing her current role in 2017. Now, the mother of two leads 78 staff across 11 study areas, supporting teachers to deliver the best quality learning experience to students. She also works closely with the community to identify the skills required for now and the future to ensure TAFE Queensland meets employment trends and skills demands.

“My primary focus was always to ensure I provided the best possible learning experience for all students enrolling in TAFE Queensland courses and to support my organisation’s values and strategic goals, and that is still very much my focus today,” she said.

“I lead an amazing team of accomplished and highly skilled teachers who help our students ‘make great happen’ every day and it brings me so much pride to play a role in that.”

Ms Littlejohn has made many significant achievements throughout her illustrious career at TAFE Queensland — from providing lifechanging training for VET teachers in Fiji as part of TAFE Queensland’s partnership with the Australia Pacific Technical College, to introducing the successful Health Services and Lifestyle Expo to promote opportunities in the health and community services sector. Her leadership has also resulted in a decrease in student drop rates, increases in student satisfaction and engagement, and financial success within her portfolio.

But despite her hard work and dedication, Ms Littlejohn is quick to pass the credit on to the staff who make up her team.

“Richard Branson once said ‘Take care of your employees and they’ll take care of your business’ and I stand by that mantra,” she said.

“My business approach is simple — talk to you people and treat them fairly, be honest, share your knowledge, be accountable, and don’t be afraid to admit when you’re wrong.”

TAFE Queensland offers a wide range of courses in community services, health and sport. Call 1300 308 233 or visit tafeqld.edu.au for a full list of courses, and see where TAFE can take you.

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