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For ex-TAFE student Deng Adut, it's been a very long, challenging and sometimes dangerous journey. But now that he's been named as a finalist for the 2017 Australian of the Year Awards, that journey is possibly about to come to full, amazing fruition. When he was just six years old, Deng was brutally conscripted into the army in South Sudan, being forcibly removed from his loved ones...

TAFE NSW's Goulburn Campus is offering a free mentoring program to help people get their learner driver's permit. And so far it has a 100% success rate. "This program is to assist anyone who may need some help in getting through the NSW Roads and Maritime Services' learner driver's knowledge test," teacher Niki Shepherd told the Goulburn Post. "The program has been...

TAFE NSW has dominated the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition in Melbourne, claiming a total of 52 medals. For three nail-biting and adrenaline-fuelled days, the TAFE NSW ambassadors competed with over 600 talented students from all around Australia. A broad range of skills and industry areas were on display, including hairdressing, bricklaying, fashion design, digital...

With a projected demand of more than 250,000 commercial pilots over the next 20 years, TAFE NSW is already out on the tarmac doing what it does best – listening to industry needs and providing the necessary skills training. South Western Sydney Institute (SWSi) recently marked the graduation ceremony of its first cohort of Aviation students at Padstow TAFE's Aerospace Centre. The...

Three eager cooking finalists have their eye on the highly-coveted Brett Graham Culinary Scholarship as they prepare to compete for the prize in a cook-off on 18 October. Named in honour of one of Hunter TAFE's most successful alumni, Brett Graham, the prestigious scholarship is made possible by the collaborative efforts of Hunter TAFE and the Hunter Culinary Association. Now in...

A TAFE New England community initiative has resulted in the restoration of a local cemetery and the Aboriginal elder who led the project being nominated for a prestigious award. Len Waters says he had always felt a strong spiritual connection to the Toomelah mission cemetery. However, like a lot of other Toomelah locals, he'd been saddened to see the cemetery's decline over recent...

A TAFE NSW graduate has established a thriving jewellery-making business in the heart of the Riverina. Troy Watkins and his business partner Paul Lucas, are the owners of Kristopher Graydon Jewellers, in Wagga Wagga. The business employs six people and specializes in bespoke jewellery made with gemstones that are difficult to source. Troy believes one of the particularly special...

A Diploma of Visual Arts TAFE graduate is on the brink of launching her first solo exhibition after a "life changing" decision four years ago to follow her passion. Silvana WiRepa had studied architecture and construction management and was already working in demolition. However, she said she found those career areas "soul destroying" and decided to explore ...

A TAFE NSW international student from Rwanda has been named the NSW Vocational Student of the Year for her vision of providing care for elderly women in her homeland. Francine Ikirezi immigrated to Australia after growing up in refugee camps in Africa. It was after a random encounter with a woman carrying heavy bags that Francine decided she wanted to establish a 'safe houses'...

Twelve students from Hunter TAFE's Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology course are having garments they designed manufactured in Bali and then displayed for sale in a prominent Newcastle boutique. The students recently traveled to Bali to see first-hand where their designs are being manufactured and to learn about the various steps of the process, including...

A group of inmates at Kirkconnell Correctional Centre has been selected for a 12-month TAFE-supported engineering traineeship. The 15 participants will be trained for a Certificate II in Engineering which will give them qualifications they can take with them into the community upon their release. This will make them "job ready" and improve their chances of employment. ...

A group of TAFE NSW permaculture students has established a successful community garden in Sydney's northern beaches that has become a haven for locals. The enterprising students managed to lease the plot of land two years ago from the then Manly Council. With the help of a state government grant, they set about transforming the plot into an urban farm that could bring locals...

It's becoming increasingly more common - women entering career areas that were once purely considered to be the domain of men. Emily Hughes from the northern NSW town of Bundarra, is one of these women. The 21-year-old has just completed her training in civil construction and now has her sights set firmly on becoming a mechanic. "I've always been interested in it and it's...

A TAFE NSW staff member from Wagga Wagga is on track to successfully break her own fundraising record for women's mental health awareness. For the month of September, Michaeli Talbot has been a participant in 'Liptember'. This community-based awareness and fundraising campaign requires participants to wear a different, brightly-coloured lipstick for every day of the month. With a...

North Coast TAFE students studying mental health and community services are participating in a volunteer art project aimed at beautifying the community. The project involves the painting of electrical padmounts, which are large electrical boxes mounted on concrete pads. With over 400 of these padmounts across the Manning River and Great Lakes regions, the project is estimated to...

A Sydney TAFE fashion design student is in the running for a $2,000 prize and a coveted internship with a popular Australian fashion label. It took Pascale Gay, from Sydney's Collaroy Plateau, three days to create her nature-inspired dress in the creative competition run by Westfield Warringah Mall. Pascale has named her frock design 'Conch' after the sea shell, which is a nod to...

Hunter TAFE performing arts students are in the final stages of preparation for the annual Clegg Festival, a smorgasbord of thought-provoking short plays that have been written and directed by the students themselves. Taking place at Newcastle's Civic Playhouse from 29 September to 8 October, the first week of the festival will feature students' plays under the theme, Bite Size....

TAFE NSW stole the show at the NSW Training Awards held on Thursday 8 September at the Four Points by Sheraton, Darling Harbour. The Awards conducted annually by the Department of Industry reward outstanding performance in vocational education and training (VET). The Hon. John Barilaro MP, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Skills and Minister for Small Business hosted...

Brent Strong from Shoalhaven has won the 2016 TAFE NSW Bicentenary Oliver C Shaul Scholarship in a state-wide competition. Brent, an outstanding final year cookery apprentice, is the 28th recipient of the prestigious and coveted scholarship. The Oliver C Shaul Scholarship was established in 1988 by Oliver C Shaul, a leader and educator who was keen to acknowledge and reward...

TAFE NSW's long-awaited, state-of-the-art new Transport Technology hub was officially opened on Monday 12 September at Wetherill Park. The Centre has been built in conjunction with industry companies who are also potential employers of TAFE graduates. Covering a 4000sq metre area, the new facility also boasts some innovative technological features such as moveable power points, tool...