CAPE Testimonial - Commercial Cookery

Apprenticeships - Real skills for real jobs

"We’re always growing and changing so don’t give up on your dream – it will happen,"

Sonja

Sonja spent her life working hard, getting by week to week and raising her family. But in the back of her mind she never gave up on her dream to become a patisserie baker.

And, at 40, she decided the time was right to go for it.

“I wanted to re-skill myself and I’ve always had a passion for food,” says Sonja.

Her first step was a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery and this year she’s completing a Certificate III in Retail Bakery. And because there’s always more to learn, Sonja plans on completing her Certificate IV in Patisserie in 2019 and finally reaching her long held goal.

“It’s just the beginning and I feel like I have so much more to learn,” says Sonja.

She encourages people who are considering a career change to pursue their dreams and make a change if they’re unhappy.

Subsidised Training - Testimonial

Gabby's ATAR dream came true with TAFE NSW

“There are only eight people in my class and the teachers are just amazing. They’re like mentors and very one-on-one with their teaching. You’re treated like an adult and you’re in charge of your own learning.”

— Gabby Andrews studied a Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation, and will now graduate with the equivalent of an ATAR and her Year 12 qualification in one year instead of two.

Career Area - SEO - Hair Beauty Massage - Testimonial

Cutting through the rubbish

"If you stop learning, then you know you're dead. You're always going to pick new things up along the way." – Shaun, hairdresser and wigmaker

Shaun McGrath has chopped, cut, changed, segued, fine-tuned and full-on forged a unique career as an award-winning hairdresser, wigmaker and Sustainable Salons ambassador.

Shaun says it was his TAFE NSW training that gave him the confidence and skills to create genre-bending hairstyles and literally turn rubbish into wearable art.

"If we can make something pretty out of stuff that everybody else is throwing out, then that’s an incredible space to be in," he says.

Shaun's ever-evolving career was recognised when he was named the 2018 Australian Hair Fashion Awards Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year.

Career Area - Automotive Trades and Services - Testimonial

Changing gears and changing careers

"My career change has reignited my passion." – Clayton, heavy vehicle mechanical student

Clayton Kindleysides was restless. After almost 25 years working as a chef, he’d lost his passion for cooking and found himself switching off at work. “I’d lost my inspiration; I really needed to get out,” Clayton says.

After some soul searching, Clayton enrolled in a Heavy Vehicle Mechanical course at TAFE NSW Wagga Wagga and, at the age of 46, officially swapped his apron for overalls and started an apprenticeship.

Clayton fitted in well with his classmates, with many of the younger students adopting him as a mentor. But Clayton also learned from his classmates. “I might have life experience, but a lot of these guys have been tinkering on cars since they were kids, so there’s plenty they can teach me.”

He says the teachers were incredibly supportive and imparted great industry knowledge to the class.
“My career change has reignited my passion, and even with the drop down to apprentice wages, I know the rewards will come soon enough.”

Career Area - Automotive Trades and Services - Testimonial

Changing gears and changing careers

"My career change has reignited my passion." – Clayton, heavy vehicle mechanical student

Clayton Kindleysides was restless. After almost 25 years working as a chef, he’d lost his passion for cooking and found himself switching off at work. “I’d lost my inspiration; I really needed to get out,” Clayton says.

After some soul searching, Clayton enrolled in a Heavy Vehicle Mechanical course at TAFE NSW Wagga Wagga and, at the age of 46, officially swapped his apron for overalls and started an apprenticeship.

Clayton fitted in well with his classmates, with many of the younger students adopting him as a mentor. But Clayton also learned from his classmates. “I might have life experience, but a lot of these guys have been tinkering on cars since they were kids, so there’s plenty they can teach me.”

He says the teachers were incredibly supportive and imparted great industry knowledge to the class.

“My career change has reignited my passion.”

Course Area - Environment and Agriculture - Testimonial

The student view

"I started 'Ag' this year and I love it." – Natasha, Agriculture

Natasha Goreneveld is studying Agriculture at TAFE NSW so she can change her career from boilermaker to a life on the land as a farmer. Her reasoning is simple: she wants to follow her passion.

"I love working with animals, the teacher is great and showing us everything you need to work on a farm," says Natasha.

Natasha finds the flexibility of TAFE NSW suits her - she is studying one day a week, part-time while working.

She and also loves the variety. “One day we'll be learning how to drive and work with tractors, the next we might be learning how to apply chemicals to a crop and after that we'll be learning skills in animal handling."

"I'm also confident at driving the tractor. We've learned about and have established pastures on the TAFE NSW farm. A lot of people at university learn so many things but they've never actually applied them. They never got to experience doing them! At TAFE NSW you actually do the work you’re learning about."

Pathways Testimonial


Star with a 99.5 ATAR

See how the TPC can be your key to academic excellence.

"I recently received my first semester results: 95/100 for Microeconomics; 92/100 Mathematics; 93/100 Finance; and 97/100 Business Statistics." – Carlos, TPC student

Carlos left El Salvador with little English or formal qualifications. With the support of TAFE NSW and the Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC), it took just 18 months to gain a Tertiary Entrance Score of 300/300 (equivalent to 99.5 ATAR).

He says the TAFE NSW course and teachers helped him gain the skills and confidence to reach his potential.

Carlos is now studying for a degree in economics.

"What I learned at TAFE NSW certainly helped me, especially calculus and argumentative skills," he says.

Community Services Testimonial

Travelling up (and to Vietnam)

"I had never been outside Australia, so it was amazing to see the difference in how they manage childcare over there." – Stacey, Diploma Early Childhood Education and Care student

A TAFE NSW study tour to Vietnam led to a career progression for Stacey.

A group of early childhood education students and teachers looked at education in other Vietnamese settings. It inspired her to add a Diploma to her Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

"A lot has changed in the industry in the last eight years, so I wanted to develop my existing skills as well as learn new skills."


Hospitality - Testimonial new

From counting dough to baking it

"I was worried about my parents’ reaction, but they just told me to follow my passion. It's the best decision I ever made." – Rachel, baking student

Rachel decided to put her passion and personal satisfaction first. Even though her love affair with cooking started when she was eight, she was encouraged to use her mathematical skills to pursue a career in accounting.

Working as an accountant during the day, Rachel took a job as a cook in the pub at night – a decision that was to have a huge impact.

"I was so much happier cooking at the pub than I was sitting at my desk," she says.

So much so that during her final year of university, she decided to ditch the degree and signed up for Baking at TAFE NSW.

"I was worried about my parents' reaction but they just told me to follow my passion. It's the best decision I ever made. I’m loving my TAFE NSW course and the job."

Hospitality - Testimonial

From counting dough to baking it

"I was worried about my parents’ reaction, but they just told me to follow my passion. It's the best decision I ever made. I’m loving my TAFE NSW course and the job." – Rachael, baking student

Rachel Sullivan decided to put her passion and personal satisfaction first. Even though her love affair with cooking started when she was eight, she was encouraged to use her mathematical skills to pursue a career in accounting.

Working as an accountant during the day, Rachel took a job as a cook in the pub at night – a decision that was to have a huge impact.

"I was so much happier cooking at the pub than I was sitting at my desk,” she says. So much so that during her final year of university, she decided to ditch the degree and signed up for baking at TAFE NSW.

"I was worried about my parents’ reaction but they just told me to follow my passion,” she said. “It's the best decision I ever made. I’m loving my TAFE NSW course and the job."

CAPE Testimonial - Aged Care

Darsi

From detour to discovery

Some people say they couldn’t do aged care work but you’re making a difference in people’s lives and that’s amazing. It’s just been so rewarding and it feels very natural.

Darsi

Disillusioned with high school, Darsi left at the end of Year 11. It wasn’t until she thought about what would make her happy, and rediscovered what she was passionate about, that she decided on Aged Care as a career. She began the Certificate III in Individual Support – Aged Care.

For Darsi, the prospect of emerging from TAFE NSW with a qualification and hands-on experience which almost guaranteed her a job in the field was irresistible.

Darsi says the flexibility of studying with TAFE NSW, and the personal touch from teachers, helped reignite her thirst for learning. After completing practical workplace training, she was offered an assistant in nursing position while she was still studying.

Arts, Design, Digital Media - Testimonial

Turn love into a job

"You don’t write essays at TAFE. You're drawing... you're learning skills or doing animation and things that are used now." – Bronte, Fine Arts and Design student

Bronte always knew what she wanted to do. Her love of drawing and her strong entrepreneurial spirit was on show early she started selling her designs to friends and family. Then someone suggested she try an art course at TAFE NSW. Classes weren’t centred around talking about art and theory, but practicing and creating.

Bronte is now a full-time illustrator, mixed-media artist and business owner. She sells her prints, stationery and cards through her online shop and is commissioned to create one-off pieces. 

She credits TAFE NSW with helping her artistic and business confidence: "TAFE NSW showed me so many different styles to work in," says Bronte.

Commercial Cookery & Wine - Testimonial

Do something for you

"This was far more than I expected as an outcome from this course. For anyone who is looking to do something for themselves, I say this: follow your dreams and believe in yourself! I never thought I would find my dream job at TAFE NSW, and all I did was follow my heart." – Kylie, Hospitality and Kitchen Operations student

When she turned 40, Kylie decided it was time to do something for herself, so she enrolled in a Certificate III in Hospitality at TAFE NSW.

“I’ve always loved cooking,” says Kylie. “I knew I could only go so far in the hospitality industry without some qualifications.”

“Going back to ‘school’ at my age was difficult at first, and I had to get back into the routine of study. Once I did that, the practical cooking aspect of the course was easy.”

“Even though I had worked as a cook, I still learned so much – how to identify different cuts of meat, cut meat, fish work, and how to do basic techniques correctly, such as julienne.”

Kylie even enrolled in the Certificate II in Kitchen Operations to broaden her skill-set, and it’s all led to a job at Your Café.

PATHFINDER - Testimonial - Aboriginal/Apprenticeships

Lucas Payne

Apprenticeships - Real skills for real jobs

My TAFE NSW studies are where I have learned all of the important skills of my job. I was able to take this practical study and apply it to my work. The skills I have learned while training means I can confidently make a valuable contribution for my employer.

Lucas

Lucas Payne is in his final year of his apprenticeship with Moolarben Coal Operations. Now he’s also an award winner: Lucas is the Skillset Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Apprentice of the Year.

Each year, Skillset recognises individuals, businesses and organisations who have excelled in education, workforce and environment programs.

It’s one of the ways TAFE NSW and industry keep connected so they can ensure the right training is being delivered in the right way.

Skillset and his supervisors for his outstanding work ethic, safety conscious attitude and "easy-going, selfless attitude".

CAPE Testimonial - Screen and Media

Josh

Next level illustration skills

I enjoy creating artwork that tells a story using an array of methods – whether it be drawing, painting or modelling in 3D.

Josh

TAFE NSW Design Centre Enmore student, Josh Moy, has been announced as a winner of Wacom’s 2018 ‘The Next Level’ digital illustration competition.

Studying the Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development, Josh envisages a long-term career down the path of working in film or games as a Concept Artist 3D Modeller or Texturing Artist.

CAPE Testimonial - Hospitality

Meg Rands

Practical makes perfect

The kitchen and simulated restaurant … has given me an insight into what it is like to work in a restaurant. You can try a bit of everything from learning how to make coffee and responsibly serving alcohol, to perfecting customer service and wine pairing.

Meg

In hospitality time is of the essence. Employers are crying out for graduates who know their way around a kitchen and have skills to hit the ground running. That’s why TAFE NSW is focussed on hands-on learning experiences, in real or closely simulated environments.

For TAFE NSW Hospitality student Meg, our fully-licensed training restaurant, Dharra Ngurang (Wiradjuri for eating out) is the perfect learning location.

The restaurant is run by our Commercial Cookery and Hospitality students and is open to the public. You can experience 3-course meals, table service, wine pairing and, of course, excellent customer service. It’s these skills that secure employment for our graduates.

There is no experience substitute for a full-service dining room with paying customers and real-time demands, to prepare students for life in this dynamic industry.

CAPE Testimonial - Community Services

Katayoon

Supporting Student Success

The knowledge, practical skills and confidence I developed while studying at TAFE NSW have shown me it’s never too late to take a different career path, and to improve your skills in a new area,

Katayoon

Katayoon says she has a life she couldn’t have imagined when she first arrived in Australia, thanks to TAFE NSW. A Software Engineer in Iran, Katayoon came to Australia in 2006 with her husband, six months pregnant with her twin daughters and speaking English as a second language.

It was while volunteering at a local neighbourhood centre that Katayoon realised she enjoyed working with people more than machines and computers. It was a lightbulb moment.

She enrolled in an Introductory Community Services ‘taster’ course and has continued her learning journey, graduating from a Diploma of Community Services in 2017. Recently named the winner of the prestigious Vocational Student of the Year at the 2018 NSW Training Awards – Central Coast for her outstanding achievements, Katayoon is now working as Multi-Cultural Social Support Services Coordinator and Community Visitors Scheme Coordinator Community Services


Are you a current carer looking to upskill? Find out how you can get ahead with TAFE NSW.

Art & Design - Testimonial

It's never too late to learn

"It's been interesting to see how art is being taught in Australia at a basic level and to think about how I could teach. It's been a very supportive environment and it’s given me the opportunity to expand as an artist."

Aisha, TAFE NSW student

Internationally-renowned Taiwanese glass and ceramic artist and mature-aged student Tai Chiu Mei (Aisha), says TAFE NSW gave her tools to grow as an artist.

Aisha moved to Australia to live in the Nambucca Valley with her husband, a wrought-iron artist. She completed a Certificate I in Spoken and Written English at TAFE NSW to develop her English-language skills.

"I wanted to learn more English and to meet people in my new community. What has also happened, is that I have found a new medium and I’m experimenting working with felt. I have really enjoyed coming into the classroom again and learning new skills in art."

CAPE Testimonial - Commercial Cookery

Apprenticeships - Real skills for real jobs

"We’re always growing and changing so don’t give up on your dream – it will happen,"

Sonja

Sonja spent her life working hard, getting by week to week and raising her family. But in the back of her mind she never gave up on her dream to become a patisserie baker.

And, at 40, she decided the time was right to go for it.

“I wanted to re-skill myself and I’ve always had a passion for food,” says Sonja.

Her first step was a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery and this year she’s completing a Certificate III in Retail Bakery. And because there’s always more to learn, Sonja plans on completing her Certificate IV in Patisserie in 2019 and finally reaching her long held goal.

“It’s just the beginning and I feel like I have so much more to learn,” says Sonja.

She encourages people who are considering a career change to pursue their dreams and make a change if they’re unhappy.

CAPE Testimonial - Nursing

Be supported, every step of the way

Stephanie dreamed of being a nurse and thought university was the answer. It wasn't. She found the support she needed to reach her goals when she began studying the Diploma of Nursing with TAFE NSW.

Stephanie completed her Diploma in 2014 and successfully landed an Endorsed Enrolled Nurse (EEN) job at Dubbo Private Hospital.

While continuing to work as an EEN, she completed her Bachelor of Nursing and in April 2018 she graduated as a Registered Nurse. Stephanie is proof that persistence, hard work, support and dedication will help you fulfil your dreams.

ALC - Testimonial - Photography

Career development snapshot

Julijana Griffiths

"I have learnt so much, this goes much deeper than previous workshops I had attended or YouTube tutorials. This is on a different level."

Julijana, photography student

Photographer Julijana Griffiths says she knew how to take photographs and knew her camera – but needed to formalise her knowledge. Studying Photography at TAFE NSW was the natural way to enhance her career skills.

"My TAFE NSW teachers used their industry connections to offer real-life photography experiences," says Julijana. "My teacher Linda still works in the industry and shares her working scenarios with us, that’s a great dimension to have."

The results were astounding: Julijana made the final stages of Capture magazine Australasia's Top Emerging Photographer Competition 2018; and the nation's largest photography competition, Head On.

Check out some images from Julijana's photo-essay Prisoner of Age, submitted to Capture. It features images of her father, Gordon.

Photos: Julijana Griffiths

CAPE Testimonial - Building Trades

Brad, Construction student

Medical duo building new qualifications

"As older students I think we have a bit more insight into life and where we want to be and how we are going to get there… We’re here to learn, but we have fun too."

Brad, Construction student

It's not often you hear of a medical professional taking on an apprenticeship as a builder – even rarer to find two in the same class.

But that's what you find at TAFE NSW, with Brad Carey, a radiographer of 18 years, and Matt Ring, an emergency nurse of 14 years, both enroled in a six-month pre-apprenticeship course in construction while juggling their hospital rosters.

"I'm at a point in my life where I want to do something different and building my own house is one of those things," says Matt.

Brad agrees, adding that while two jobs and study was a hefty workload, he had wanted to be a builder for more than 10 years. "I do afternoon shifts at the hospital to make this work. As older students I think we have a bit more insight into life and where we want to be and how we are going to get there."

Engineering - Testimonial

Matt, Plant Mechanic apprentice

A marvel in engineering

"I was encouraged to follow this pathway by the people I was working with at the time who were statutory engineers. I could have gone to uni, but at this stage of my life, with work and family commitments, TAFE NSW was a better and more suitable option."

Matt, Plant Mechanic apprentice

Matt’s career started with TAFE NSW when he began his Plant Mechanic Apprenticeship at TAFE NSW. Twenty years later he turned to TAFE NSW again, this time for an Advanced Diploma of Mechanical Engineering.

It was a challenge for Matt but he said that the late nights and early mornings have meant that he can now complete the Mechanical Engineering Certificate of Competence with the NSW Resource Regulator.

"I know where I want to go and where my interests and talents lie, it’s just a matter of being committed and focused," he says.

"A Statutory Mechanical Engineer is an important role within the mine management structure, and would give me the opportunity to be able to contribute and influence the safe operation of the mine".

CAPE Testimonial - Hairdressing, Beauty & Massage

A cut above the rest

"I'm very passionate about what I do. The whole industry is such a cool thing, It's a real family - when we go away we catch up with other barbers and it's a very close knit industry."

Nathan, Barbering student

Four years ago, Nathan Thompson decided to put down one set of tradesman’s tools and pick up another set. Only this time it was scissors, clippers and a straight razor.

He enrolled in the Certificate III in Barbering and now spends his days ‘keeping it handsome’ as the Head Barber at Prince Street Barbers in Grafton. Nathan says that he's tried to put a modern spin on barbering, while still honouring the old school techniques. It’s this innovation and mastery that saw Nathan awarded the Gold Medal at the TAFE NSW Excellence Awards.

And proving Nathan hasn’t forgotten his tradie roots, he’s recently renovated the space at Prince Street Barbers to cater for the business expansion.

CAPE Testimonial - Information Technology

Jake Geltch

Your IT Degree of Change

"TAFE was the logical choice for me. I craved that hands-on experience and it was also a more affordable way to study."

Jake, Bachelor of IT Networking student

By combining real-world training and higher education, Jake has found a pathway to success.

Jake knew he had a passion for computers, so his choice was where to study. He completed a Certificate III to an Advanced Diploma in IT Networking.

As part of TAFE NSW's unique IT Pathways Program with Charles Sturt University, Jake will graduate with a Bachelor of IT Networking. The fully integrated program is so respected in the industry, many receive job offers while still studying.

"We're putting the designs into practice – we build the hardware, rather than just focus on how you build it. A lot of people learn better that way. I certainly did."

Career Area - Tourism Hospitality - Testimonial

Get real skills for the real you

"I love working as part of a team of people who are genuinely passionate. I can honestly say that I enjoy coming to work." – Simon, microbrewery student

For Simon Maxwell, it started with a home-brewing kit and a bold risk. But Simon was hesitant about making a career switch from an electrical linesperson to brewer.

"I had always heard it was important to know the difference between a hobby and career, and I wasn’t confident enough in myself to turn my hobby into my profession," says Simon.

Now that he’s made the switch with a TAFE NSW industry-driven microbrewing course, he hasn’t looked back.

"Life’s too short to be doing a job you don’t love. I love this industry, I love the people in it and I can’t see myself doing anything else. So I would recommend a career change and definitely I would recommend getting into brewing."

CAPE Testimonial - Childrens Services and Childcare

Carla, Early Childhood Education and Care

BE an early childhood educator

"I have always been passionate about children, and I knew that a career with children would be fulfilling. But I’ve learned that it is also incredibly rewarding."

Carla, Early Childhood Education and Care

Carla was working towards a career in the building trades. Then she took stock of what she wanted in a career and made the brave decision to listen to her heart.

"I just decided that I wanted to be in a career where I would swing my legs out of bed every morning and for me, it kept coming back to childcare."

It's been a decision that has changed not only her career, but her life and it continues to reward Carla every day.