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It's becoming increasingly more common - women entering career areas that were once purely considered to be the domain of men. Emily Hughes from the northern NSW town of Bundarra, is one of these women. The 21-year-old has just completed her training in civil construction and now has her sights set firmly on becoming a mechanic. "I've always been interested in it and it's...

A TAFE NSW staff member from Wagga Wagga is on track to successfully break her own fundraising record for women's mental health awareness. For the month of September, Michaeli Talbot has been a participant in 'Liptember'. This community-based awareness and fundraising campaign requires participants to wear a different, brightly-coloured lipstick for every day of the month. With a...

North Coast TAFE students studying mental health and community services are participating in a volunteer art project aimed at beautifying the community. The project involves the painting of electrical padmounts, which are large electrical boxes mounted on concrete pads. With over 400 of these padmounts across the Manning River and Great Lakes regions, the project is estimated to...

Don't be shy to let your personality shine through your portfolio if you think it might give you an edge It's no surprise that ever-growing technology and social media platforms are having a major impact on the beauty industry today. Whether you're a TAFE NSW hair and beauty student, or interested in a career in this field, a strong online presence is crucial for your future...

A Sydney TAFE fashion design student is in the running for a $2,000 prize and a coveted internship with a popular Australian fashion label. It took Pascale Gay, from Sydney's Collaroy Plateau, three days to create her nature-inspired dress in the creative competition run by Westfield Warringah Mall. Pascale has named her frock design 'Conch' after the sea shell, which is a nod to...

Hunter TAFE performing arts students are in the final stages of preparation for the annual Clegg Festival, a smorgasbord of thought-provoking short plays that have been written and directed by the students themselves. Taking place at Newcastle's Civic Playhouse from 29 September to 8 October, the first week of the festival will feature students' plays under the theme, Bite Size....

TAFE NSW stole the show at the NSW Training Awards held on Thursday 8 September at the Four Points by Sheraton, Darling Harbour. The Awards conducted annually by the Department of Industry reward outstanding performance in vocational education and training (VET). The Hon. John Barilaro MP, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Skills and Minister for Small Business hosted...

Brent Strong from Shoalhaven has won the 2016 TAFE NSW Bicentenary Oliver C Shaul Scholarship in a state-wide competition. Brent, an outstanding final year cookery apprentice, is the 28th recipient of the prestigious and coveted scholarship. The Oliver C Shaul Scholarship was established in 1988 by Oliver C Shaul, a leader and educator who was keen to acknowledge and reward...

TAFE NSW's long-awaited, state-of-the-art new Transport Technology hub was officially opened on Monday 12 September at Wetherill Park. The Centre has been built in conjunction with industry companies who are also potential employers of TAFE graduates. Covering a 4000sq metre area, the new facility also boasts some innovative technological features such as moveable power points, tool...

A female metal fabrication and welding student is quietly showing her male classmates that woman can be just as competent in traditionally male-dominated trades as men. Jessica Chironna, 19, is one of just two women in her class at Mount Druitt TAFE, but she is happy to be following her dream and studying in a trade that will lead to meaningful employment. "You'd...

There's been a lot of media coverage about university graduates competing for jobs in saturated career areas. But what about the career areas with a surplus of jobs and a shortage of trained employees to fill them? It seems this is where the focus should be. Here is our list of the 10 career areas of 2017 – the jobs in most urgent need of skilled employees. As most of these job...

We at TAFE NSW strongly believe in life/study balance and know how important it is to take a break every now and then. With the holidays rapidly approaching, we thought we'd give you a round-up of some great activities you can do around the state that have free (or very cheap) admission. Echo Point, Katoomba Easily the most well-known and popular attraction in the Blue ...

We all do it. It can be very easy for us to get stuck in negative thought patterns and internal dialogue. This negative chatter inside our heads can do all kinds of damage to our lives, often without us even being aware of it. So what's the solution? Reshaping your thinking is perfectly possible, but it requires a bit of commitment and self-awareness. Here are five TED talks that...

We all have skills that we take for granted. Simple things like the ability to count, read or write. Take a moment to contemplate this: Internationally one in five adults are illiterate. That's 20% of the population worldwide! Today marks International Literacy Day (ILD), a cause that aims to raise awareness and bridge the education gap. Knowing how to read and write can break the...

Here are some tips on how to tap into that vast pool of genius and innovation that you know is lurking away just below the surface of your subconscious We at TAFE NSW love creativity and innovation. But sometimes these things can seem elusive. It's often the case that when you need them the most, like when working on an assignment or project, the ideas seem to go awol. Here are...

George has given me a true perspective on life, just by holding him life's ‘problems' seem irrelevant. The impact that I have on George as his sole parent inspires me to be the best person I can be. There's a lot of focus on shifting gender roles. Though the dialog seems to focus on the female point of view, male gender equality has also moved ahead in leaps and bounds. This...

Sydney Technical College's Ultimo Campus became the hub of activity for technical training in NSW and is now the largest TAFE College in the state She's the grand old dame of the neighbourhood and the proud matriarch of the family of TAFE campuses scattered right across the state. She's become a cultural and landmark icon in the precinct, along with the ABC's Sydney headquarters,...

TAFE NSW has a large, ageing workforce of over 19,000 people, with almost 60% of TAFE teachers aged 51 or over. To put this into perspective, TAFE NSW has nearly 4,000 staff who are over the age of 60. Nearly 400 staff are over 71 years of age. This leads to a measured exit rate for employees in the area or retirement. Claims that TAFE NSW has sacked 4,600 people since 2012 are...

TAFE NSW is committed to services that support students with disabilities. Our commitment to providing educational opportunities for students with disabilities remains strong. In fact, we are broadening our reach across NSW, not reducing it. We are providing more accessible, better targeted and convenient training. Students with disabilities make up around 10 per cent of our student ...

Shearing a real sheep was probably something these Japanese students never thought they'd ever do in their lifetimes. But it just goes to show that unexpected and unlikely opportunities can present themselves at any time. A small group of students from Minokamo in Japan are visiting Dubbo in a sister city arrangement and spent some time at TAFE Western's Dubbo College Rural Skills...