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Are you unsure about what direction you want to take in your career? Are you wondering which TAFE courses or career areas are on-trend at the moment? Here's a countdown of the 10 most popular enrolled courses from 2016. 10. Certificate IV in Accounting Sooner or later we all need the services of a good accountant, and here's where it starts. With just over 2,300 enrolments...

A training program between TAFE NSW and the St George Illawarra Dragons football club is giving rookie players a back-up career path beyond the world of football. With the game now more competitive than ever before, players who dream of a career as a professional player need an alternative career path. The all-or-nothing proposition of high stakes football means that many players...

Talented Photo Imaging students from Mudgee TAFE are exhibiting their work in a local bakery. The exhibition, titled  On the Rise , features work from part-time students who have honed their skills after just six classes. "To have a show of this calibre after only six classes is a credit to them," Jude Morrell, photography teacher told the  Mudgee Guardian & Gulgong...

If you're interested in starting your own small business, you're not alone. Every year thousands of people ditch the idea of working for "The Man" and embrace the autonomy and flexibility of being their own boss. It's an idea with almost universal appeal. No long commutes, no office politics, no corporate hierarchy to navigate. And while you've probably heard about...

A group of high school students in the New England area has built a viewing balcony at Tamworth's Marsupial Park as part of their TVET studies. The nine students hail from four different high schools across the region and made use of building materials that were left over from recent construction of the Tamworth Playground. The hands-on project was part of their TVET course. This...

It's a perfect representation of what TAFE is supposed to be about. Working collaboratively for the community instead of competitively for itself. And in the central western town of Gunnedah, that's exactly what's happening. Gunnedah Community College's oil painting classes were proving so popular that they were starting to split at the seams. There just wasn't enough room in their...

The Edge Pledge is a challenge-based fundraising platform to help endangered wildlife. And if conducting guided tours of the National Environment Centre's teaching farm dressed as a squirrel glider will help the cause, then Rob Fenton will do it. The TAFE head teacher of Production admits that the outfit will probably be a bit on the warm side for his hour-long tours. Especially on...

So you've finally finished high school (hooray!). But your TAFE course doesn't start for a few months. It's a great opportunity to take a summer job. But how do you go about it? What kind of jobs are out there and how do you snag one? Here are a couple of suggestions for jobs that are generally in pretty good supply over the summer months. Plus the short courses offered by TAFE...

Seven Aboriginal women who are studying their Certificate III in Hospitality at Wilcannia TAFE will be travelling to Western Australia for the West Australian Food Festival, Kambarang. The week-long event will explore modern commercial cooking techniques for traditional indigenous bush fare. One of the highlights for the TAFE students will be meeting celebrity chef Mark Olive. They...

It's the age-old dilemma. You're a creative person trapped in a boring job. You feel chained to your desk. When the sun casts its shadows through the blinds, they just look like prison bars. How can you escape? Believe it or not, it's perfectly possible to have a job that's interesting and creative. You've heard the rumours. You've seen the Facebook posts. You've read the tweets....

Many young people dream of a career in this creative industry. Maybe your interest started when you made DIY clothes for your Barbie dolls. And then styled them for your daily in-house fashion shows (or was that just me?). Or maybe your passion for fashion came later in life, flicking through Vogue magazine or becoming addicted to shows like Gossip Girl and Project Runway ,...

Riverina TAFE is running migrant-specific courses in a bid to improve the employment prospects of the region's growing number of newly-arrived immigrants. The courses combine English language classes with vocational training, thereby addressing the common dilemma that many migrants experience of not being able to speak English. This is often a major obstacle towards gaining...

The inaugural Matt Moran Ambassador Prize has been awarded by its namesake to a TAFE NSW commercial cookery graduate. Brent Hughes was presented with the $1500 gong by celebrity chef Matt Moran during a gala dinner at the Ryde TAFE Campus in Sydney's north. "It's incredibly encouraging to have my culinary achievements recognized by TAFE and the broader hospitality...

There are university degrees and then there are TAFE NSW degrees. But what's the difference? You have a choice. A university degree. Or a TAFE NSW degree. How do you choose? Traditionally a university degree is heavy on the theory and involves many hours sitting in vast lecture halls, often with up to 100 or more other students. By contrast, a TAFE NSW degree involves a large...

A TAFE hairdressing graduate from Parkes has passed her final presentation with flying colours, as well as some feathered braids, glitter and a huge amount of passion. Danielle Wykamp, 19, has been serving her apprenticeship at local salon, Absolutely Hair, as part of her Certificate III in Hairdressing. She recently had a chance to showcase her talent and skills by presenting two...

TAFE Western creative arts students will be exhibiting their work at the Myall Street Campus in Dubbo this Saturday 5 November. The students are studying a range of creative pursuits including design, graphic design, photography and visual arts. The display is their end-of-year exhibition and represents the cumulative total of their endeavours throughout the year. "We are very...

The world of real estate is exciting and dynamic and often incorporates the best of different worlds It's hard to escape the chatter about Sydney's property boom. Even in regional areas, people seem fascinated by property values and their fluctuations. Clearly real estate and property is huge business. People will always need somewhere to live, whether they're renting or buying. And...

The winner of the coveted 2016 Steve Hornery Award is Matthew Wills, who recently competed in WorldSkills Australia in Melbourne in the cooking category. Matthew lives with Cystic Fibrosis, a chronic condition that affects the lungs and digestive system. His decision to become a chef was in part motivated by his heightened awareness of the necessity of a nutritious diet.  ...

Once again TAFE NSW was diamond sponsor for the NSW & ACT Careers Adviser of the Year Award, and the Hilary Bolin Award. The Conference at which the awards were presented was held on Friday 21 October at Dockside, Darling Harbour and was attended by over 350 careers advisers from both government and non-government schools. TAFE NSW representative Karl King from The Northern...

These days it seems like every second person wants to be an entrepreneur. People have been fascinated by these inspirational folk throughout history. Back in the day it was Thomas Edison, Coco Chanel and Henry Ford leading the charge. In more contemporary times it's been the likes of Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and Richard Branson providing the high profile inspiration. Not everyone...