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The public school system does not suit everyone. For some, the ridged structure can be overwhelming. Cassandra Pickering was one such student. Dropping out of year 12 in 2011, the Mount Druitt local, turned to TAFE NSW. Cassandra excelled in the more relaxed, hands on approach offered by TAFE completing high school and inspired to move into career focused study. When speaking to...

An international student from Japan studying Early Childhood Education with North Coast TAFE has found employment through her TAFE contacts. Yoko Hara first came to Australia on a holiday visa. But after falling in love with the country and the people, she enrolled in a Cert III in Early Childhood Education and Care at Port Macquarie TAFE, inspired by her niece and nephew back in...

A partnership between TAFE Western and industry has benefitted more than 300 apprentices and their employers in Lithgow. The Lithgow Skills Centre (LSC) Program which has been operating for more than 15 years at TAFE Western offers Electrical and Fitting and Machining apprentices the opportunity to expand their skills in a range of areas enhancing their trade qualifications. ...

An early Childhood student at Taree TAFE has spearheaded a campaign that raised over $1,700 for brain cancer research. Ashley Doorey teamed up with Taree Campus and St Clare's School with the Beanies for Brain Cancer fundraiser. Participants were asked to wear beanies for a whole day, something that seemed a natural fit with the frigid conditions of the last week or so. For Ashley...

Hunter TAFE student Sally Paull, Singleton, wins at The Australian Wool Fashion Awards with tribal-themed wearable art. Pursuing her passion has paid off for Hunter TAFE student, Sally Paull. The Singleton local has been awarded the inaugural prize winner for Wearable Art at The Australian Wool Fashion Awards.   Taking inspiration from Japanese movie 'Princess Mononoko', Sally's ...

Illawarra TAFE Commercial Cookery students Levi McEwan Hyde and Erin Moore, won silver medals in the regional section of the Nestle Golden Chefs hat competition in Sydney. The longest running culinary competition in Australia offers young chefs the opportunity to compete against their peers in order to benchmark their cooking skills. The students practiced under the guidance of...

Wayne Wright is a fine example that students of all ages and abilities can achieve great things if they want to. Wayne had worked in the building trades for a quarter of a century, but his driver's licence was revoked because of a degenerative eye condition. He decided to switch careers and enrolled in a Certificate III in Community Services Course at TAFE Western, Orange Campus....

A dozen Carpentry pre-apprenticeship students at TAFE Western's Mudgee Campus have built children's cubby houses. Construction of the stylish mini homes have provided valuable, practical opportunities for the students to hone their skills with things such as using power tools and levelling concrete. Many of the students have already secured jobs in the building industry as...

As a kid, Jeremy Robins' two main passions were drawing and cars. Then when he was a teenager, Jeremy's artistic side saw him dabbling in graffiti. This led to him adopting spray paint as his principal medium. Now 21, Jeremy has signed up for the Cert III in Automotive Technology at Campbelltown TAFE and is in his final year of an apprenticeship with Camden Crash and...

Students from five high schools across the Snowy Region have experienced a 'Taste of TAFE' with hands-on activities at TAFE Illawarra's Cooma Campus. Hailing from Years 10, 11 and 12, the students were provided with information and participated in a number of hands-on activities related to their personal interests, skills and selected careers. Students had the opportunity to find...

Jazmin Brown was one of 12 IPROWD (Indigenous Police Recruiting Our Way Delivery) cadets who graduated from Tamworth TAFE on Thursday June 16 with ambitions to join the NSW police force. The IPROWD program was developed by the NSW Police Force in 2008 in partnership with TAFE NSW. Since then, the program has seen 80 graduates join the state's police ranks and more than 250 have...

TAFE NSW, in collaboration with Smart and Skilled, is now offering fee-free scholarships for people who are experiencing, or have experienced, domestic violence. The fee-free scholarships are being funded by the NSW Government through the Smart and Skilled initiative. Eligible students are exempt from paying their course fees and all qualifications included on the NSW Skills List...

Apprentice electrician Nicholas Mclennan has been named the Overall Apprentice of the Year across all trades at the Hunter Region Apprentice and Traineeship of the Year Awards (HRATA). The HRATA, of which Hunter TAFE is a proud sponsor, provides advice to government through the Department of Industry; Training Services NSW, on vocational education and training issues. They also...

Two TAFE floristry  students had the experience of a life time when they spent 10 days rubbing shoulders with some of the world' best florists at the Chelsea Flower Show. Stevie Mitchell and Donna O'Connor are studying a Certificate III in Floristry at TAFE and are now ready to put a new spin on their art. The Chelsea Flower Show is one of the largest flower shows in the ...

Sydney TAFE Director, David Riordan, will be participating in his fifth Vinnies CEO Sleepout charity event in Sydney on 23 June​. David, along with hundreds of business leaders, will be spending the night sleeping rough, with a beanie, sleeping bag, cardboard box and a cup of soup. It's all to assist homeless people who range from individuals to families. Every dollar raised helps...

A new student enrolment system is central to the successful operation of TAFE NSW in an increasingly competitive vocational education marketplace, Minister for Skills John Barilaro announced today. John speaking in front of a camera recording"I have asked TAFE NSW to commence a market testing process to identify the most effective enrolment system for its current and future ...

Students from Eora College of Sydney TAFE are taking their first steps towards becoming police officers graduating today from the Indigenous Police Recruiting Our Way Delivery (IPROWD) program. Image: Minister for Skills John Barilaro with IPROWD graduate Anna Graydon at the graduation ceremony at Eora College, Redfern*Governor of NSW His Excellency General The Honourable David...

TAFE Western has become the first Institute in NSW to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). This was initiated as part of TAFE Western's commitment to assist Aboriginal communities to gain vocational education and training. The plan includes five key objectives. These are to improve; access to education and training for Aboriginal peoples, literacy and numeracy of Aboriginal...

Sydney TAFE is partnering with Taronga Zoo at their annual fundraising gala dinner to celebrate the Zoo's centenary. This year's gala will be transformed into an extravagant animal masquerade ball, hosted at the iconic Sydney Town Hall. Taronga is working determinedly to help threatened species to breed, protecting their genetic diversity and even re-introducing them into the wild....

TAFE Western Creative Industries has partnered with the Arts in Health program to brighten the walls of Dubbo Hospital. Students visited the hospital to set up an exhibition to bring a little colour to the walls of the new clinical services building. The new works went up last month for the benefit of hospital patients, carers and staff. Research shows that paintings and other...