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From Venezuela to Australia: Javier’s passion for helping people reaps rewards

From Venezuela to Australia: Javier’s passion for helping people reaps rewards

Published:02 July 2018

CQUniversity alumnus Javier Fernandez is a finalist in the Equity VET Student of the Year category of the CQ Regional Queensland Training Awards.

CQUniversity alumnus Javier Fernandez is undeniably passionate about helping people.

This motivation, along with his study efforts in a Certificate III in Individual Support, led Javier to be named as a finalist in the 2018 Central Queensland Regional Queensland Training Awards in the Equity VET Student of the Year category.

Originally from Venezuela, Javier acknowledged that this achievement made his hard work and perseverance worth it.

“I feel extremely happy because, for me, completing the Australian certificate qualification was difficult,” he said.

“English is not my first language, so prior to studying the Certificate, I took it upon myself to complete the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) through TAFE Queensland.”

The AMEP is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. The program provides up to 510 hours of free English language tuition to help eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants learn English and to assist with their settlement in Australia.

“In addition to learning English, I learnt about Australian society, culture, customs and working environments, which was helpful given I wanted to work in the health sector,” said Javier.

“It’s amazing what we can achieve when we put our minds to something.”

A former paramedic, Javier boasts over 15 years’ experience as a Venezuelan health professional.

“After completing my paramedic science studies, I worked as a paramedic for 7 years and then started my own company to support healthcare providers,” he said.

Venezuela was experiencing severe political, economic and social unrest, so Javier and his wife made the difficult decision to move to Australia to provide a better life for their daughters.

Javier can now continue his healthcare pursuits in Australia, thanks to the support and encouragement of his wife.

“She knew how passionate I was about helping people in my country, so she encouraged me to study the Certificate III in Individual Support through CQUniversity,” he said.

Since completing his Certificate qualification, Javier has commenced work with aged care provider BlueCare.

“I actually completed my clinical placement with BlueCare, so it’s good to be back applying my newly learned knowledge to better the lives of residents,” he said.

Javier is showing no signs of slowing, with plans to enrol in CQUniversity’s Diploma of Nursing course.

“Ever since I can remember, I wanted to be a nurse, and this is what I see myself doing in five years’ time,” he said.

Regional finalists in the Queensland Training Awards will compete for the top spot at the regional final held at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre on 21 July 2018.

For the full list of nominees, visit https://training.qld.gov.au/qta/winners-and-finalists/regions/cq-winners-finalists.