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Hunter TAFE, in conjunction with Newcastle Library, has held its 'Bots in the Books' robotics course for school students aged 12 to 18. Course Coordinator and TAFE teacher, David Leask, told the Newcastle Herald the course attracted bright, gifted kids and encouraged them to embrace their creativity. "What they're learning is that maths and science that they learn has...

Sydney TAFE hairdressing teacher, Donna Columbini,  has been awarded VET Trainer and Teacher of the Year at the 2016 Southern and South Western Regional Training Awards. Donna was selected from teachers across all fields in the VET sector representing TAFE and private RTOs. She has been dedicated to hairdressing for 36 years. "Winning this award means the world to me,"...

Beyond money, beyond income, beyond opportunities – becoming self-made starts with choosing yourself". – Nely Galan It's hard to believe in something, especially when that ‘something' is yourself. Creating a successful outcome takes effort. And this time of year you might fall into the trap of thinking that you don't have enough left in the tank to get you through until...

Going from taxi driver to fully qualified chef isn't your typical career journey. Especially if you started your chef's apprenticeship in your 50s. But that's exactly what Taree resident, Peter Mullany, has done. His career as a taxi driver hit a permanent red light when he was violently assaulted by two passengers, leaving him on worker's compensation with a badly injured arm and...

Digital Media now allows us to explore and reinterpret our world in so many ways, as well as share all our knowledge and experiences in real time Okay let's just say it. The digital media world is so vast and complex that it's capable of sometimes intimidating even the most tech savvy among us. From cloud based to Snapchat to terabytes to hackathons, even its lingo can give us the...

The public school system does not suit everyone. For some, the ridged structure can be overwhelming. Cassandra Pickering was one such student. Dropping out of year 12 in 2011, the Mount Druitt local, turned to TAFE NSW. Cassandra excelled in the more relaxed, hands on approach offered by TAFE completing high school and inspired to move into career focused study. When speaking to...

An international student from Japan studying Early Childhood Education with North Coast TAFE has found employment through her TAFE contacts. Yoko Hara first came to Australia on a holiday visa. But after falling in love with the country and the people, she enrolled in a Cert III in Early Childhood Education and Care at Port Macquarie TAFE, inspired by her niece and nephew back in...

A partnership between TAFE Western and industry has benefitted more than 300 apprentices and their employers in Lithgow. The Lithgow Skills Centre (LSC) Program which has been operating for more than 15 years at TAFE Western offers Electrical and Fitting and Machining apprentices the opportunity to expand their skills in a range of areas enhancing their trade qualifications. ...

Meeting new contacts is a way of casting your business net as wide as possible You've graduated, you've got a killer business idea and you're ready to open the doors to your very own empire. But it takes a certain mixture of personal skills to make a success of it. Here is our list of seven skills that any business owner would be wise to cultivate. Good organisation This...

An early Childhood student at Taree TAFE has spearheaded a campaign that raised over $1,700 for brain cancer research. Ashley Doorey teamed up with Taree Campus and St Clare's School with the Beanies for Brain Cancer fundraiser. Participants were asked to wear beanies for a whole day, something that seemed a natural fit with the frigid conditions of the last week or so. For Ashley...

Hunter TAFE student Sally Paull, Singleton, wins at The Australian Wool Fashion Awards with tribal-themed wearable art. Pursuing her passion has paid off for Hunter TAFE student, Sally Paull. The Singleton local has been awarded the inaugural prize winner for Wearable Art at The Australian Wool Fashion Awards.   Taking inspiration from Japanese movie 'Princess Mononoko', Sally's ...

Illawarra TAFE Commercial Cookery students Levi McEwan Hyde and Erin Moore, won silver medals in the regional section of the Nestle Golden Chefs hat competition in Sydney. The longest running culinary competition in Australia offers young chefs the opportunity to compete against their peers in order to benchmark their cooking skills. The students practiced under the guidance of...

Wayne Wright is a fine example that students of all ages and abilities can achieve great things if they want to. Wayne had worked in the building trades for a quarter of a century, but his driver's licence was revoked because of a degenerative eye condition. He decided to switch careers and enrolled in a Certificate III in Community Services Course at TAFE Western, Orange Campus....

A dozen Carpentry pre-apprenticeship students at TAFE Western's Mudgee Campus have built children's cubby houses. Construction of the stylish mini homes have provided valuable, practical opportunities for the students to hone their skills with things such as using power tools and levelling concrete. Many of the students have already secured jobs in the building industry as...

As a kid, Jeremy Robins' two main passions were drawing and cars. Then when he was a teenager, Jeremy's artistic side saw him dabbling in graffiti. This led to him adopting spray paint as his principal medium. Now 21, Jeremy has signed up for the Cert III in Automotive Technology at Campbelltown TAFE and is in his final year of an apprenticeship with Camden Crash and...

Students from five high schools across the Snowy Region have experienced a 'Taste of TAFE' with hands-on activities at TAFE Illawarra's Cooma Campus. Hailing from Years 10, 11 and 12, the students were provided with information and participated in a number of hands-on activities related to their personal interests, skills and selected careers. Students had the opportunity to find...

Whimsy and flamboyance is all well and good, but your choice of email address has the potential to hurt you professionally My little sister used to have a ridiculous email address. I won't tell you it exactly – I don't want to flood her inbox – but it was something similar to " these_fish_have_bowties@example.com ". I asked her about it a few times, and she said it was an...

Jazmin Brown was one of 12 IPROWD (Indigenous Police Recruiting Our Way Delivery) cadets who graduated from Tamworth TAFE on Thursday June 16 with ambitions to join the NSW police force. The IPROWD program was developed by the NSW Police Force in 2008 in partnership with TAFE NSW. Since then, the program has seen 80 graduates join the state's police ranks and more than 250 have...

TAFE NSW, in collaboration with Smart and Skilled, is now offering fee-free scholarships for people who are experiencing, or have experienced, domestic violence. The fee-free scholarships are being funded by the NSW Government through the Smart and Skilled initiative. Eligible students are exempt from paying their course fees and all qualifications included on the NSW Skills List...

Apprentice electrician Nicholas Mclennan has been named the Overall Apprentice of the Year across all trades at the Hunter Region Apprentice and Traineeship of the Year Awards (HRATA). The HRATA, of which Hunter TAFE is a proud sponsor, provides advice to government through the Department of Industry; Training Services NSW, on vocational education and training issues. They also...