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The students travelled overseas as part of TAFE Western's Outbound Mobility Program. This program provides support for students to undertake international study tours. It provides students with 'hands on' cultural learning experience while giving them credit towards their Australian studies. Accompanied by head teacher, Debbie Greenhalgh, the students will take up residency at two...

And shine they did. Eighteen awards were presented, celebrating student, teacher and Institute excellence. This year, the awards celebration also coincided with National Sorry Day as a part of Reconciliation Week. TAFE NSW has a rich history of fostering indigenous education programs. Receiving a Gili is the pinnacle of recognition, helping to close the gap in vocational education....

I never set out to be a role model or anything. But my nieces and nephews are all watching me and saying ‘Look what Uncle Dennis is doing' That's something that Dennis' young nieces and nephews are all aspiring to. Since enrolling with TAFE NSW's Tracks to Defence program, the 22-year-old indigenous man has been blazing a trail of leadership and achievement through his family that...

They're both SWSi classmates and self-confessed "laboratory geeks". And they've both ended up tying for first place in the 2016 TAFE NSW State Medal Awards. But the similarities effectively end there. Ghadeer Zeidat and Mark Pearce have arrived at this destination from personal journeys that are about as different from each other as it's possible to get. Ghadeer moved to...

I wasn't really into the whole university atmosphere where everyone seems to be competing. At TAFE, everyone kinda helps each other We love hearing the stories of our students. And although everyone's journey is unique and personal, the more we chat to people the more we notice that some common, unifying themes emerge. One of these themes that pops up again and again is when study...

Creative careers are constantly evolving and students looking to enter this industry need more than just a tertiary education to survive. It's all about connections, collaborations and entrepreneurship. Bradfield Senior College is hosting a Creative Careers Day as part of Vivid Ideas, Sydney. This Careers day is an interactive exploration where students can connect with industry and...

I spent most of my time sitting at a desk under fluoro lights. The closest I came to landscaping were the occasional indoor box plants Combining our passion with our working life is something that most of us would like to achieve. And yet, it remains just an elusive ideal for the vast majority. To begin with, there are many people who aren't even sure exactly what their passion ...

The teachers knew what I was dealing with on a daily basis and they were very accommodating and flexible. It made all the difference to my studies We all know that studying, even a subject you're passionate about, usually comes with its own challenges. Assignments, deadlines, juggling study with part-time work. Trying to stay focused on those low energy days. So imagine how...

I see floristry as being integrated with health and wellbeing. That's what it's about for me Katarina Lozinski has a theory about flowers. "I've always thought that when people are unwell, if you can tie in a bit of medicine with the flowers, there's a meaning behind what you're giving them. It's more than just a bunch of flowers. So as well as making people happy, the...

Of the 265 students currently enrolled in apprenticeships, traineeships and short courses at the Australian Racing and Equine Academy at Richmond, more than half are female. No doubt inspired by Michelle Payne's historic win of the Melbourne Cup last year, these women have been flocking to the sport in such large numbers that many race fields, especially those in rural areas, are...

Fiona Watts, TAFE Western's Educational Leader New Learning Technologies, said the aim of the masterclass was to help equip participants with innovative new strategies they can introduce in their own country. "Our delivery model is very different to China's," she told the Cowra Guardian. "Their current delivery consists of a lot of lectures, exams and essays whereas...

I didn't look like the typical person who studies this kind of thing. I was turning up at classes dressed as a skater When Kenneth Smyth started studying for his Bachelor in 3D Art and Animation at Sydney TAFE's  Design Centre Enmore , he was just one of about 300 students. By the time of the graduation ceremony three years later, that number had been whittled down to just...

She was the first voice we heard and the wisdom she shared with us throughout our lives has kept us out of trouble on more than one occasion. She's our Mother… The nurturing, strong, intelligent woman who showed us what females are made of. Today we celebrate Mother's Day by sharing some of the lessons mum taught us that have lasted well beyond our childhood years... ...

If you want to build a strong nation then you have to build a strong foundation in children Industrial Design to Early Childhood Education isn't your typical career path. But Ito Rivera isn't your typical TAFE NSW student. Hailing from the Philippines, Ito began his career with a qualification in Fine Arts, majoring in Industrial Design back in his home country. But two years down...

The collaboration aims to train up more AINs (Assistants in Nursing), to help enrolled and registered nurses who are already stretched to meet a growing demand for their services across parts of western NSW. "Non-government organisations like Mission Australia or CareWest can now have access to adequately-skilled clinicians to do the job that they are needing to do," said...

The Minister was in town for the milestone sod-turning ceremony at the Young Campus of TAFE NSW's Riverina Institute. He decided to make the most of his visit to meet with local business owners so that they could "quiz the government and raise any concerns they had". The breakfast was organised by Young Shire Council, local business representatives and Wilders Bakery, who...

Traditionally a male-dominated area, the Automotive Refinishing Technology course at Sydney TAFE has seen a noticeable increase in the female enrolments. This line of study can lead to jobs in smash repairs, painting and restoration. "The ever-changing technology, procedures, special effects and finishes used in the industry keeps it fresh and challenging and the diversity and...

Working 50 storeys above street level, the men are gaining valuable experience that will hold them in good stead for their future careers. Learning on the job at Western Sydney TAFE's "pop up" college at the Barangaroo development site, Brendan and Ben are among 330 apprentices from across Sydney's western suburbs who are gaining world class experience that will make them...

With a free press there's enormous scope for reportage that's deliberately misleading, unbalanced and biased The press. Print media. Newspapers, magazines, journals. It's where most of us get most of our information about news and current events most of the time. So it's crucially important that the press is free to report on news and current events without interference or...

We all know that TAFE NSW leads the charge when it comes to training our plumbers, brickies, hairdressers and carpenters. But what about all of those lesser known and more obscure occupations? Where do you go to learn about aviation? Or farriery? Or cake decorating? Fear not – there's a course for that. Here are eight TAFE NSW courses that you probably had no idea even existed. ...