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"TAFE is you. TAFE is me. TAFE is us. TAFE is a big
step up for everyone in the community"
Wollongong TAFE is all about Community Services. Well... that's a
part of the Wollongong story. Wollongong TAFE is the largest Campus in
the entire Illawarra Institute and it caters for a very large
collection of industries. But today, we caught up with the Diploma
of Community Services students.
One of the students, Josh, let me sit in on his presentation for
their community development project. This was all about repositioning
TAFE as an important and effective education provider with a distinct
point of difference from university and private colleges.
Through his research and first hand community experience, Josh
explained just how connected Wollongong TAFE (and all of Illawarra
Institute) is to the local industry and community. Just about
everywhere you look, TAFE is there. Buildings, mines, your local
bakery, service industries, the local publican... you name it... TAFE
influences pretty much everything. Having already been to uni, Josh
showed his passion for TAFE as an integral part of his professional
development. His time spent so far in the Diploma of Community
Services had given him the practical experience that he couldn't get
It was very encouraging to hear that men outnumber women in terms of
enrolments in the Certificate
III Community Services course, which has traditionally been
dominated by women. And Josh's final word on the matter? "TAFE is
you. TAFE is me. TAFE is us. TAFE is a big step up for everyone in the
community". That deserves a fist bump bro... word!
While in the Gong I also paid a visit to Wollongong West TAFE Campus,
which is just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Wollongong Campus.
You'll get fit studying here... the place has many steps. Good
workouts for the glutes and hamstrings. Fortunately, it also has
plenty of on-site sustenance to fuel your muscles.
The 1st year apprentice butchers certainly have the skills in
preparing meat. Rolled lamb roast, sausages of all flavours and sizes,
and of course the famous hamburger patty machine. See, that's the
thing with TAFE... by the time students hit the workforce, they have
all the practical skills they need. Pretty much all of the on-the-job
training is done. The customers at a local Wollongong butcher probably
have no idea that their sausages were made by the local TAFE students.
And we can't forget Hairdressing. Hair
& Beauty is a massive industry. The apprentice hairdressers
practise on mannequins and occasionally real people.
I volunteered my own head for the greater good. But as talented and
creative as the apprentice hairdressers are, there were just no magic
skills in the world that could help this head. Oh well. At least I
provided a valuable training opportunity for them – what to do with a
problem client. But don't let that deter you... if you're willing to
let these talented students give you a pretty spectacular
"do"...get in touch with the Hair & Beauty school on
(02) 4222 2850 for hair bookings, or (02) 4222 2974 for beauty treatments.
Well, that wraps up our inaugural Road Trip series for Illawarra
Institute. All in all, it's a fantastic place to study and get your
job skills in order for you chosen career.
Watch this space for the next road trip through the next Institute.