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Comedy actor Rob Shehadie has visited Rooty Hill High school to stress to students that TAFE is a viable option.
Dubbed 'Rob's Campaign' and organised in association with TAFE Western Sydney, the actor's whirlwind visit to the school brightened what would have otherwise been a fairly ordinary Tuesday for students. Rob used humour to deliver the message that while university has its merits, it certainly isn't for everyone and that students might want to consider learning a trade through TAFE instead.
"I think a lot of students just think about university as being the only option after school," Year 12 Captain, Josh Deo, told the St Marys Star. "That's what I thought coming from an ethnic background and I will 100 per cent be going to uni. But for some students, uni just isn't for them and Rob showed us that TAFE provides a great opportunity to pursue your goals."
According to Rooty Hill High careers advisor Aaron Hay, TAFE is already the more popular choice for school graduates, with 40 percent choosing vocational education with TAFE over the 30 percent who go with the more academic route of university.
"All of our senior students have the option of studying TVET courses and doing classes at TAFE," he said. "Rob talked about how there are many options available to young people. He was a positive role model for the kids and really entertaining. "He shows where hard work and dedication can get you."
For more information about 'Rob's Campaign' visit the TAFE NSW Western Sydney website.