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TAFE NSW Armidale students, Gordon Cook and Michael Brooks, both studying Cert III Commercial Cookery, enjoyed considerable success. Mr Cook won the Phil Darby award, while Mr Brooks received the award for excellence in trade skills. The Phil Darby award is presented in memory of its namesake. Mr Darby was Director of Apprenticeships in NSW until his passing in 1984. The award...

Smart and Skilled fees are competitive compared to fees in other States - in most cases, fees in NSW are lower than the maximum fees in other jurisdictions. The NSW Government is continuing to heavily subsidise the cost of obtaining a qualification, paying an average of 55 to 75 per cent of the cost of a course. The fee structure balances affordability for students while ...

As at 28 August 2016, TAFE NSW had over 464,700 enrolments since January 2016 - a 24 per cent or almost 60,000 increase in commencing enrolments compared to this time last year. This is supported by introducing a number of policy changes throughout 2015 and 2016 - such as Fee Free Scholarships, capping Apprenticeships at $2,000 for the full qualification and capping traineeships at...

Our asset base is broader than just buildings - TAFE NSW has a large and diverse asset portfolio with nearly 2,000 buildings within 134 campuses, across ten institutes in five regions.  We hold some assets that are clearly not part of our core business, including residential property, child care centres, empty buildings in the middle of shopping centres and blocks of vacant land. 25...

A new student enrolment system is central to the successful operation of TAFE NSW in an increasingly competitive vocational education marketplace. A modern, cloud-based system will enable students to easily manage their training records and allow us to adapt more quickly to new policy settings. To ensure we not only receive the system our students need, but also one that is...

We've listened to students' and staff concerns that the current student management system does not adequately meet their needs and that's why we are replacing it. A new student enrolment system is central to the successful operation of TAFE NSW in an increasingly competitive vocational education marketplace. A modern, cloud-based system will enable students to easily manage their...

TAFE NSW is developing and offering new qualifications in more flexible and innovative ways – leading to improved job outcomes for its students. We adjust our course offerings to match industry needs and our resources are prioritised for high demand courses. This is done in consultation with industry bodies to ensure students receive the most up-to-date and relevant training....

Not many people have the courage to drop out of uni in the midst of writing a thesis to pursue their dreams but that is exactly what Samantha Levett did. Levett made the switch to TAFE NSW three years ago to become a chef and never looked back. Her decision is already paying dividends as she was recently named the Apprentice of the Year in Commercial Cookery at TAFE NSW's Student...

Car painting, cooking masterclasses and organic produce tours are all on offer at TAFE NSW this week as 130 campuses throw open their doors to potential students. Assistant Minister for Skills Adam Marshall said TAFE NSW Open Week, from 19 to 24 June, is a great opportunity for anyone considering their study options to experience TAFE's innovative approach to vocational education...

TAFE NSW has been announced as a finalist for the Best Registered Travel Industry Training Institution at the Australian Federation of Travel Agents National Travel Industry Awards.     Ann Thompson, TAFE NSW Hospitality teacher, was both excited and proud when she learned of the award. "I believe being a finalist is very much recognition of our flexibility in how we...

TAFE NSW is expanding its educational reach with four new Connected Learning Centres (CLCs) in Tenterfield, Glen Innes, Quirindi and Coonabarabran. Construction is under way on the CLCs, which are the first four in the state, each worth about $2.2 million. Northern Tablelands MP and Assistant Skills Minister Adam Marshall said the new digital learning hubs will help deliver TAFE NSW...

We recognise the distress felt by students as a result of Careers Australia entering into voluntary administration.  TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) operates the Tuition Assurance Scheme for Careers Australia. This scheme is designed to assist students move to another provider if it is necessary so that they can continue their training and access VET student loans. TDA has established...

The vocational education & training (VET) sector in Australia continues to churn out excellent outcomes for its students and for the economy. Despite the positive outcomes for VET graduates, the perception about the sector is that is it still the "poor cousin" of universities. A  recent report from the Skilling Australia Foundation  aims to prove that is not the...

Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare, Trial, Hire) is a new Australian Government initiative designed to get young people into jobs by providing employability skills training. We're on-board with the Youth Jobs PaTH initiative and are an approved Employability Skills Training provider.  Here's how we can help: Training that combines both theoretical and practical skill development ...

TAFE NSW has announced that applications for nine future focused, innovative leaders to head Skillspoints will soon be closing. This is the beginning of a process that will establish a core team of 8-15 in each Skillspoint location, creating highly skilled employment opportunities in regional NSW and will enhance the local economy. Each Skillspoint location has been strategically...

TAFE NSW students were recently recognised for their achievements at an awards event in Coffs Harbor. Awards of merit and excellence were handed out to students across a variety of courses. Study areas included aged-care, business and accounting, construction trades along with the more specialised areas of study such as furniture design and visual arts. Megan Hill, the Leader,...

The role of NSW Housing services is changing and TAFE NSW is helping to prepare the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) housing staff. TAFE NSW Western region is preparing to introduce a training program designed specifically for FACS staff. The program is set to help those impacted by domestic violence, mental health issues and substance abuse. Jenny Rolfe, housing...

In an effort to create more jobs and a stronger workforce for the future, TAFE NSW will be creating nine Skillspoint headquarters throughout the state. "Each location has been strategically determined to support its own region's economic growth and employment needs," said Assistant Skills Minister, Adam Marshall. "So, for example, the SkillsPoints in Coffs Harbour...

TAFE NSW student, Angela Roberts understands the importance of unifying cultures. In fact, she is using her art to make it a reality.     Angela is currently studying Certificate III in Art and Design, and her art has been on display in a variety of public exhibitions. Her most recent design,  'Circle of life, hands of time'  has been chosen to help promote the organisation's...

Six new regional and three metropolitan TAFE NSW SkillsPoints headquarters will be established by the NSW Government, as part of its push to create the workforce of the future by collaborating with business and industry. Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills, John Barilaro, said this initiative would ensure TAFE NSW builds on its reputation as a world-class vocational education...