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A female metal fabrication and welding student is quietly showing her male classmates that woman can be just as competent in traditionally male-dominated trades as men. Jessica Chironna, 19, is one of just two women in her class at Mount Druitt TAFE, but she is happy to be following her dream and studying in a trade that will lead to meaningful employment. "You'd...

TAFE NSW has a large, ageing workforce of over 19,000 people, with almost 60% of TAFE teachers aged 51 or over. To put this into perspective, TAFE NSW has nearly 4,000 staff who are over the age of 60. Nearly 400 staff are over 71 years of age. This leads to a measured exit rate for employees in the area or retirement. Claims that TAFE NSW has sacked 4,600 people since 2012 are...

TAFE NSW is committed to services that support students with disabilities. Our commitment to providing educational opportunities for students with disabilities remains strong. In fact, we are broadening our reach across NSW, not reducing it. We are providing more accessible, better targeted and convenient training. Students with disabilities make up around 10 per cent of our student ...

Shearing a real sheep was probably something these Japanese students never thought they'd ever do in their lifetimes. But it just goes to show that unexpected and unlikely opportunities can present themselves at any time. A small group of students from Minokamo in Japan are visiting Dubbo in a sister city arrangement and spent some time at TAFE Western's Dubbo College Rural Skills...

North Coast TAFE's Macksville Campus will be the location of a new business networking event for local entrepreneurs and stakeholders. Links2Success: Better Business Skills is targeting people who are interested in starting their own business. The event is slated for Thursday 1 September and is being jointly supported by Nambucca Shire Council, the local Chambers of Commerce and...

Comedy actor Rob Shehadie has visited Rooty Hill High school to stress to students that TAFE is a viable option. Dubbed 'Rob's Campaign' and organised in association with TAFE Western Sydney, the actor's whirlwind visit to the school brightened what would have otherwise been a fairly ordinary Tuesday for students. Rob used humour to deliver the message that while university has its ...

NSW Skills Minister John Barilaro's 'One TAFE' vision was given the nod of approval from TAFE Western students, staff and stakeholders at a meeting in Dubbo. The Minister announced plans to replace independent Institutes with a single multi-campus structure. The focus was on reducing overheads and channeling savings to training and skills needs. "I'm confident if you're at the...

During NAIDOC week earlier this month, TAFE NSW's Bathurst Campus showcased the successes of a group of young people keen to make a difference in their community. The group, known as the Bathurst Young Mob, are educating the next generation with messages of respect, cultural tolerance and being a valued member of the community Shona Kennedy told The Western Advocate that the group...

A legally blind student from Macquarie Fields has won the 2016 TAFE NSW South Western Sydney foundation skills award with a tertiary entrance score of 95 per cent. Nathan Sharp left school at 13 due to poor sight. He did odd jobs for a living. Nathan's vision continued to deteriorate and by 20 he was barely able to see past his nose. His future seemed bleak so he decided it ...

That's how Nader Sameer is rebuilding his new life in Australia after fleeing war-torn Iraq with his family. And he's doing it with TAFE NSW. Six weeks after arriving in Australia from Bagdad, Nader's training at TAFE NSW's Granville Campus has landed him a job in construction. TAFE NSW's bricklaying course has paved the way for paid employment for Nader and others who are in a...

One hundred new forklift licences have been granted to eager operators at Deniliquin TAFE, in the Riverina. The training was specially provided by the Campus as the result of a funding opportunity from TAFE NSW that targeted specific skill sets. The forklift licence course lasted for three days and covered both practical and theoretical aspects of operating a forklift in a ...

Wauchope TAFE is offering a computer survival course for people lacking basic computer skills. The Communicating in the Computer Age course starting on 21 July is a beginners course for people unfamiliar with computers. Leonie Nilson, Head Teacher of Education, Employment and Support told the Port Macquarie Express that people reluctant to use a computer can miss out on many...

Several regional TAFE NSW campuses have been earmarked for major refurbishments. Part of the modernised structure across TAFE NSW, the refurbishments aim to transform Cowra and Grenfell campuses into multipurpose student hubs. Member for Cootamundra, Katrina Hodgkinson, has welcomed the initiative, saying the upgraded facilities will help provide provide jobs of the future. ...

Twelve carpentry course students from Dubbo TAFE helped with the fit-out of the local Schizophrenia Fellowship as part of their hands-on training. The Oliver House Office was given a complete makeover including a new kitchen, doors, walls and cladding, windows, opening and floating floor boards and general maintenance in the kitchen area. TAFE Western Carpentry Teacher, Vince...

Fashion Designer Kaya May Dwyer who studied at Wollongbar TAFE has landed her dream job designing costumes for a Hollywood movie. During her internship Kaya worked with well-known costume designer Jim Lonidies in Surfers Paradise. Her outstanding work prompted Jim to invite Kaya to create costumes for a film shoot at Movie World on the Gold Coast. "It's very hush-hush,"...

A modernised structure for TAFE in NSW - which will reduce overheads, direct more resources to frontline teaching services and guarantee TAFE is meeting the training and skills needs of the State economy - was unveiled today by Minister for Skills John Barilaro. Under the once-in-a-generation reforms, the independent Institute structure of TAFE will be replaced with a single,...

Grafton TAFE's newest course has captured the attention of the region's young gaming population. The brand new Certificate IV in Digital and Interactive Games is available from this month and will cover various technologies such as Blender 3d Unity game engine. The Campus already hosts regular gaming nights, called LAN events, and word about the new qualification has already...

Hunter TAFE, in conjunction with Newcastle Library, has held its 'Bots in the Books' robotics course for school students aged 12 to 18. Course Coordinator and TAFE teacher, David Leask, told the Newcastle Herald the course attracted bright, gifted kids and encouraged them to embrace their creativity. "What they're learning is that maths and science that they learn has...

Sydney TAFE hairdressing teacher, Donna Columbini,  has been awarded VET Trainer and Teacher of the Year at the 2016 Southern and South Western Regional Training Awards. Donna was selected from teachers across all fields in the VET sector representing TAFE and private RTOs. She has been dedicated to hairdressing for 36 years. "Winning this award means the world to me,"...

Going from taxi driver to fully qualified chef isn't your typical career journey. Especially if you started your chef's apprenticeship in your 50s. But that's exactly what Taree resident, Peter Mullany, has done. His career as a taxi driver hit a permanent red light when he was violently assaulted by two passengers, leaving him on worker's compensation with a badly injured arm and...