Jacqueline Druart, Centre Manager
Skills for Education & Employment program
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2018 we asked Jacqueline Druart about her role and what led her to MTC Australia. Jacqueline is by all accounts a bit of an institution unto herself! She’s had a long and impressive career and will reach 11 years with us in July.
“I’ve worked in the education sector all my life, in various teaching and management roles in Dubai, India and Australia. I’ve also undertaken seven years of voluntary work, teaching evening classes to vulnerable youth disengaged from mainstream education.
Something that people might not know is that I have a strong journalism background. I’ve worked as a freelancer for Gulf News and Khaleej Times in Dubai, won a National Award for the DSF/Mont Blanc essay writing competition, and served as Editor of GEMS Dubai newsletter and magazine.
I’ve definitely had a few career highlights – for example, I’ve won the President’s Medal for All Round Leadership in India, the Outstanding Teacher Gold Medallion in Dubai, and the MTC Workies Award here in Australia. I also piloted and helped implement an activity approach teaching methodology for Dubai schools, and been part of the Dubai Leadership Training Program for Principals conducted by the University of Cambridge.
I’m really busy right now! I’m currently serving on the Education and Employment Committee for the Liverpool Localised Action Plan, the Safety and Prevention of Crime Committee with Liverpool Council and police, and a committee promoting multicultural health with NSW Health and Liverpool Hospital.
When I look at our society today I see more women in leadership, playing dynamic roles at every level, making valuable contributions and impacting our national community significantly. Education is to thank for a lot of this achievement. It must be made accessible to all, especially the most vulnerable. In my current role I see the difference education is making in the lives of so many women who come through our program.”
Q&A with Jacqueline
What do you do at MTC Australia?
The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program helps people improve their English, computer, literacy and numeracy skills. I manage three SEE sites: Liverpool, Campbelltown and Miller. I’m constantly amazed and impressed with the staff I meet – both within SEE and across other MTC Australia departments – who reflect a kaleidoscope of wonderful qualities, talents, skills, passion, drive, commitment, creativity, initiative, and enjoy making a difference. Every day, every staff member does something significant to improve the life of a vulnerable individual. I’m very much honoured to be part of this important mission.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of your job?
The people I work with and clients I work for. To see our clients blossom and evolve into confident, purposeful individuals, joyously embracing the workforce – it’s the ultimate reward.
What does the theme of International Women’s Day 2018 mean to you?
Press for Progress means acknowledging the impressive work done by women throughout history, who have forged pathways for today’s women to have the platforms we have. With the passing of the baton, we have a duty to honour and continue their work – to enable, empower, support and be path-breakers too.
What advice do you have for young women entering the workforce?
You have an awesome opportunity to make a difference. Fill your mind with new skills and learning, and savour life’s richness and experiences. Add value to your workplace by being your best self, and respect everyone you encounter. Each day is a chance to encourage a mind, touch a heart, inspire a soul, and invest in your own wellbeing. Celebrate yourself. Choose to excel. Be a leader.
Read more about how people around the world are celebrating International Woman’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
Find out more about the Skills for Education and Employment program, which is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents or those who have working rights in Australia, aged between 15–64, and registered as jobseekers with Centrelink or a jobactive provider.