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Drone Essentials is offered by TAFE NSW's Riverina Institute. The course is made up of a classroom unit, which covers theory, and a field unit, which takes students outside for some practical flying time followed by an exam. Passing the exam means the student is awarded a certificate of competency. Thomas Carberry, project officer for farming systems, said that drones have been...

Mr Olewicz upstaged a world-class field of finalists to win the Tourism and Hospitality and Catering Institute of Australia's most prestigious award, the Teacher/Trainer of the Year. "Absolutely shocked – lost for words," a humble Mr Olewicz said after receiving the award at a special ceremony in Sydney. "I was totally blown away to even be considered a finalist ...

Do you want to kick-start a career in fitness, but aren't sure about signing up to study because you're worried it will take too long, or that you won't be able to fit study around your lifestyle and commitments?  You want flexibility to study at your own pace, we hear you! Fast-track At TAFE NSW Northern Beaches, you can choose to fast track your studies, so that you make...

If you are on the hunt for a job, then TAFE NSW can get you there quicker than going to university. It's true! According to statistics, a whopping 86% TAFE NSW graduates gain employment within just six months of graduating! If that wasn't enough to get you started, research by Skilling Foundation Australia suggests that you can earn more as a fresh TAFE NSW graduate than as a...

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....

Thinking about moving into a fitness, sport or outdoor recreation career, but not sure if it's for you? We can help! Start by asking yourself the following questions: Do I love being active? Do I dream about leaving my current job (often)? Do I want a flexible career? Do I enjoy being fit and strong? Am I an outdoors person? Do I like helping...

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...

Do you live for weekends where you can go on outdoor adventures? What if I told you that you didn't have to wait for the weekend, that you could make adventure your full-time job? It's true! And the job title is Adventure Guide (and yes, it is a real job). Adventure guides spend their days hiking, kayaking, bushwalking, white-water rafting, abseiling, camping, and surfing. And...

When you think of a fitness brand and high-profile sport/fitness experts, what springs to mind? Nike? Kayla Itsines? Usain Bolt? I bet when you think of these brands and personalities, you get very clear images of who they are and what they stand for. That's because they're all brilliant at branding. What is branding? Branding is the way businesses and fitness personalities...

If you were to guess who the highest paid graduates in Australia were, would you guess doctors, lawyers, bankers perhaps? Believe it or not, the highest paid graduates are Vocational Education and Training (VET) graduates.  These findings are backed up by a recent report from  Skilling Australia .  According to Skilling Australia's ...

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...

Are you looking for career inspiration, a career change or looking to advance your skills? If you answered yes to any of these, you need to come along to the TAFE NSW Open Week. Events will be staged at TAFE NSW locations all across the state, so there's definitely one that's just right for you . Read on for a taste of what you can expect throughout the week, and of course at...

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...