With some of the most remote towns and Campuses in the state, TAFE
Western covers an enormous chunk of NSW and students often have to
travel lengthy distances to get to and from their classes and
training. Some of these roads are potholed and unsealed.
Fiona Westcott, from TAFE Western's Customer Innovation, told the
Champion Post that the RMS approached TAFE Western to help facilitate
the initiative. "We thought it was a great opportunity to
influence some of the road's most at-risk users," she said.
"Anything that we can do to help ensure our students get to and
from their training safely is very worthwhile."
Ms Westcott facilitated the program with input from TAFE Western
Automotive head teachers Brian Musgrove and Paul Chaseling. The five
key areas the program focuses on are speed, driver fatigue, animals on
rural roads, driver distraction (with an emphasis on mobile phone use)
and alcohol and drugs.
"We all need to be delivering the same message to our
apprentices regarding road safety," said Ms Westcott. "And
this message needs to be consistent between the employer, training
provider and RMS."