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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...

There's an automatic assumption that a university degree will take you places that a "lesser" qualification (like a TAFE NSW diploma) never could. But how accurate is this assumption? According to LiveSalary, a university degree holder earns a base salary of around $75,000. By comparison, a diploma graduate can reasonably expect to earn a base salary of around $70,000. On...

All of these short courses can be studied fully online, which means you can fit your studies around your current commitments Job fatigue is a real thing for many people. And it can make its presence felt at any time of the year. For some people, it turns into a full-blown case of "I hate my job!". Upgrade your career If this sounds familiar, rest assured – your situation...

The work of a civil engineer is often varied, interesting, challenging, and extremely rewarding, as you get to use both your brain and your hands What exactly does a civil engineer do? A civil engineer designs, builds and maintains construction projects including buildings, roads, bridges, dams and other necessary infrastructure. Often this also involves adapting infrastructure ...

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...

We know that life isn't about money. But a career that you enjoy and that earns you a nice hefty pay packet at the same time is something a lot of us strive for. It's the best of both worlds. And it is possible to have both. Here is a line-up of Australia's highest paid career areas and what qualification you need to land a lucrative job in them. (5)  Financial and insurance...

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...

Healthy drinks to help you get through week 2 of your HSC exams It's finally here. The HSC is all you can think about over the next few weeks. If you're like most people you'll be going through a whole range of emotions including stress. Feeling nervous  about what lies ahead and your stomach is doing some somersaults. Eating breakfast is the last thing you feel like doing. ...

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 ...

It's no secret that the building and construction industry is currently experiencing a significant skills shortage . For anyone interested in pursuing a trade, this is an industry that looks set to offer abundant employment opportunities for many years to come. It's also an industry that offers diverse employment opportunities. Many people simply associate the building industry...

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. ...

There's nothing like the words "Your productive time on the web today is 23%" to galvanise you into more productive habits You have an assignment due. The clock is ticking. And let's be honest here – fiddling around with a million internet tabs and tools can be just as bad for your studying regime as binge watching Orange is the New Black on Netflix. So as a community...

Most TAFE NSW campuses have careers counsellors and all you need to do is phone to make an appointment If you're about to officially become a school leaver you're probably already thinking about what to do next year. Some time off? Travel? Or maybe further study? Further study is usually the surest way to steady employment. And since TAFE graduates consistently perform well in the...

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...