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The future of Blacktown's automotive industry is looking promising, with partnerships between TAFE apprentices and car dealerships supporting job prospects. The automotive sections at Blacktown and Mount Druitt TAFE Campuses have arranged apprenticeships in up to 30 dealerships across western Sydney. Apprentices get hands-on experience in repairs and maintenance. Blacktown TAFE...

Eight of the region's top young chefs showed off their culinary skills in Tamworth yesterday. In teams of two, the chefs from Armidale, Tamworth and Coffs Harbour produced a two-course meal at Tamworth TAFE in a bid to score a finalist spot in the 2016 Nestle Golden Chef's Hat Award. The Nestlé Golden Chef's Hat Award is dedicated to helping junior and apprentice chefs develop...

TAFE, Western Sydney student, Zach Whalan won apprentice of the year at the 2016 Blacktown City Local Business Awards. The award acknowledged the hard work and dedication he has put towards his apprenticeship and trade. Zach told The Blacktown Sun that he knew he wanted to build kitchens from a very young age "I actually had to get signed out of school early because I left...

The Centre of Excellence is a project headed up by Dave Roberts, TAFE SWSi Manager of Customer Service and Support for Aboriginal Education and Training. The new Centre of Excellence was opened with a smoking ceremony by local Indigenous Elder, Uncle Ivan, by blessing the snake path garden outside the facility. The snake path will eventually encompass the entire building,...

It was a tense three days for TAFE SWSi student Matthew Cleave, but he kept his cool and took third prize at the 2016 World Skills Australia National Refrigeration Competition. Supported by the Australian Government and Heatcraft Australia, the competition, now in its seventh year, aims to encourage young people to achieve greatness in their chosen career areas. It also helps build ...

Clients of a Maitland disability service took to the kitchen at Hunter TAFE, to learn skills and earn qualifications for life. This 10 week tailor made course, initiated by endeavour group, taught participants all the skills needed to make healthy meals in the kitchen. Students learnt new recipes, ingredient preparation, food hygiene and cooking techniques. This course was designed...

The students travelled overseas as part of TAFE Western's Outbound Mobility Program. This program provides support for students to undertake international study tours. It provides students with 'hands on' cultural learning experience while giving them credit towards their Australian studies. Accompanied by head teacher, Debbie Greenhalgh, the students will take up residency at two...

And shine they did. Eighteen awards were presented, celebrating student, teacher and Institute excellence. This year, the awards celebration also coincided with National Sorry Day as a part of Reconciliation Week. TAFE NSW has a rich history of fostering indigenous education programs. Receiving a Gili is the pinnacle of recognition, helping to close the gap in vocational education....

They're both SWSi classmates and self-confessed "laboratory geeks". And they've both ended up tying for first place in the 2016 TAFE NSW State Medal Awards. But the similarities effectively end there. Ghadeer Zeidat and Mark Pearce have arrived at this destination from personal journeys that are about as different from each other as it's possible to get. Ghadeer moved to...

Creative careers are constantly evolving and students looking to enter this industry need more than just a tertiary education to survive. It's all about connections, collaborations and entrepreneurship. Bradfield Senior College is hosting a Creative Careers Day as part of Vivid Ideas, Sydney. This Careers day is an interactive exploration where students can connect with industry and...

Of the 265 students currently enrolled in apprenticeships, traineeships and short courses at the Australian Racing and Equine Academy at Richmond, more than half are female. No doubt inspired by Michelle Payne's historic win of the Melbourne Cup last year, these women have been flocking to the sport in such large numbers that many race fields, especially those in rural areas, are...

Fiona Watts, TAFE Western's Educational Leader New Learning Technologies, said the aim of the masterclass was to help equip participants with innovative new strategies they can introduce in their own country. "Our delivery model is very different to China's," she told the Cowra Guardian. "Their current delivery consists of a lot of lectures, exams and essays whereas...

The collaboration aims to train up more AINs (Assistants in Nursing), to help enrolled and registered nurses who are already stretched to meet a growing demand for their services across parts of western NSW. "Non-government organisations like Mission Australia or CareWest can now have access to adequately-skilled clinicians to do the job that they are needing to do," said...

The Minister was in town for the milestone sod-turning ceremony at the Young Campus of TAFE NSW's Riverina Institute. He decided to make the most of his visit to meet with local business owners so that they could "quiz the government and raise any concerns they had". The breakfast was organised by Young Shire Council, local business representatives and Wilders Bakery, who...

Traditionally a male-dominated area, the Automotive Refinishing Technology course at Sydney TAFE has seen a noticeable increase in the female enrolments. This line of study can lead to jobs in smash repairs, painting and restoration. "The ever-changing technology, procedures, special effects and finishes used in the industry keeps it fresh and challenging and the diversity and...

Working 50 storeys above street level, the men are gaining valuable experience that will hold them in good stead for their future careers. Learning on the job at Western Sydney TAFE's "pop up" college at the Barangaroo development site, Brendan and Ben are among 330 apprentices from across Sydney's western suburbs who are gaining world class experience that will make them...

At the age of 46, the single mother of three boys has enrolled with Hunter TAFE as a first year hairdressing apprentice, becoming possibly the oldest in the entire Central Coast area. "I thought it would be overwhelming in that environment, I thought people were going to laugh at me," she told The Daily Telegraph. "I was worried because nearly everyone else in the ...

Grace Harris, from the NSW Southern Highlands town of Robertson received the highest aggregate award last week. She began her apprenticeship with TAFE Illawarra at the beginning of 2015 with the Girls Branch Out team. The Girls Branch Out team is a local community initiative where female members work on a range of different painting and decorating jobs for both domestic and...

Download the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) report.

The report gives an overview of the national vocational education and training market and compares the cost burdens carried by TAFE NSW against TAFEs in other States and Territories.  NSW Minister for Skills John Barilaro says vocational training is undergoing significant change and TAFE NSW must respond in a way that meets students demand for course delivery, eliminates duplication ...