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It's not just about handing out food to the poor. This is about long term change in society through access to education. This is what I like the most about Live Below the Line. It was the late Gough Whitlam who famously described poverty as a "national and human waste" and that "we are all diminished when any of us are denied a proper ...

Negative experiences in life produced a drive in me to not only prove my detractors wrong, but also prove to myself that I could do it too There have been many times in my life when others have told me that I would never amount to anything. That as a teacher I was average, or mediocre at best. Never was this more difficult than in the last school at which I taught. And so...

Welcome to the latest in our Be Ambitious series. Today we're hitting the nail on the head with a look at at the world of carpentry and the job opportunities it has to offer. Wood is one of man's oldest building materials, making carpentry one of the oldest trades in the world. And we're talking really old – like about 7,000 years ago (Early Neolithic Period), according to...

TAFE can assist you in overcoming the language or numeracy difficulties standing in the way of you achieving your goals Part of TAFE's mission is to make sure those who might otherwise fall through the cracks – people who left school early, migrants from non-English-speaking backgrounds, refugees – can access the kind of educational opportunities others take for granted. The most...

Keeping students engaged and absorbed has been the age-old dilemma for teachers across many centuries and civilizations The town of Wellington was my final stop on the Great TAFE Western Road Trip. With home sweet home now only 387kms away, I was already starting to imagine myself curled up on the lounge with Morris my Labradiva and Season 5 of Breaking Bad . But...

Over 90 million chocolate rabbits are produced annually. Just over three quarters of us (76%) will eat the ears first Here it is. Everything you need to know about "the food of the gods". And just in time for Easter. After extensive consultation with the chocolate gurus who deliver TAFE NSW's chocolate-making course , (plus some quality time with Google), we're pleased to ...

Testament to its size and importance as a large regional hub, Dubbo actually has three campuses (campai?) From Bourke I headed south-east on the Mitchell Highway and began the long trek back home. But I still had a couple of stops on my schedule and some new friends to make. Some of these new friends were in Dubbo, my next serious stopover. The distance between Bourke and Dubbo is...

No matter how unconventional your career path is, there's a strong possibility that TAFE NSW offers a course that will help you gain the skills necessary to pursue it It's sometimes mistakenly assumed that TAFE NSW exists solely to help train up apprentices working in the trades. While that's definitely a big part of TAFE's mission, it's an educational institution that seeks to...

If you can't make it out to the Show in person, you can check out videos of the completed gardens below The autumn leaves are falling and Easter eggs are dominating retail displays everywhere. This can mean only one thing – Sydney's Royal Easter Show is back in town. And with it, the TAFE NSW Landscaping Challenge! The theme for 2015 is ‘Beauty Down Under', a...

Maybe we're just looking for happiness in all the wrong places. Maybe it's much closer to us than we realise Who'd've thunk a simple human emotion like happiness would get its very own day? And decreed by the United Nations General Assembly, no less! All around the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, 20 March is now officially recognised as the International Day of Happiness ....

Internet trolls take great pleasure in finding, teasing and bullying people online just for laughs A few decades ago (long before the internet) a close friend of mine committed suicide because they were being bullied. I had no idea this was going on. More often than not, victims of bullying and violence are quiet and reserved. People you'd never guess were secretly battling...

Maximise your chances of being a self-employed success story The technological, workplace and lifestyle changes of the last few decades have created a large and growing class of enterprise workers – that is, people who once upon a time would have been employees but who are now running their own businesses. The good news is that being self-employed has a lot of great benefits such...

It's too easy for us in the cities to forget about what's happening in the bush. Until we actually get out here From Walgett I left the Castlereagh Highway and headed westwards on the Kamilaroi Highway. My destination was Bourke. The 230kms that separate Walgett from Bourke are long, dry and dusty - quite a slog, even in a smooth-gunning, air-conditioned Volkswagen Golf. I broke...

There really is no excuse for staying in a boring job There's a million different ways to earn a dollar Down Under, and many of them don't involve the standard nine-to-five office job. Australia is a big country that boasts a wide range of industries, so it's not surprising that there's pretty much a job to suit every interest. Here's our list of the five most unusual jobs. 1....

Acquire a skill set that a computer can't easily replicate Some futurologists predict half the jobs that currently exist will disappear within the next couple of decades. Driverless cars will make taxi and bus drivers obsolete, online learning will mean a dramatic cut in the number of teachers required and 3D printers will mean we can all print out our own (perfectly fitting) clothes...

In the six months to 30 June 2014, there were over 3,600 course enrolments by women in non-traditional trades The theme for International Women's Day this year is "Making it happen". This is an appropriate theme for an organisation such as TAFE NSW, which has been focused on achieving practical outcomes for its students for over 120 years. TAFE NSW has a proud record of...

In the kitchen environment, these technologies need to be properly harnessed and utilised if they're going to serve us well With the digital revolution spreading its influence throughout virtually every facet of modern life, it was inevitable that sooner or later it would find its way into the kitchen. Not since the appearance of microwave ovens nearly 30 years ago has technology had...

Remember, you have many different options in front of you about how you could approach your education. There's not just one pathway anymore With the huge popularity of TV cooking shows, plus a greater awareness of healthy eating generally ( something that's often linked to home cooking ), it seems everyone these days wants to be a chef. With more than 25 years' experience in...

We were able to walk straight out into the workforce with all of these skills that people had spent many years working in their trade learning as an apprentice Many employers know that the cost and time involved in fully training a new employee can be almost prohibitive. Especially with the ever-present possibility of that person leaving for another job and...

Unlike many contestants on So You Think You Can Dance , goats have excellent coordination and are very agile on their hooves As fireworks explode over Chinatown and we welcome the Lunar New Year of the Goat, it seems timely for our thoughts to turn to all things goat-related. After all, how much do you know about the humble goat? After reading our highly educational list of top...