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Melanie Greenwood, 22, didn't grow up dreaming of being a locksmith. Her "aha" moment came when she accidentally locked herself out of her apartment and was staggered at the $150 cost of engaging a locksmith. That was when she decided it could be a career path for her. The clincher was successfully applying for a locksmith apprenticeship. Greenwood studied for four years at...

The Ambassadors include celebrities like Matt Moran, Lisa Mcguigan, Ed Halmagyi and Kyle Loades. Lesser well-known, but equally successful people include Jim Sell who runs a building business in the Southern Highlands; Frank Newah-Jefroi, who's gone from refugee to community services worker in the Riverina, and Carmen-Lee Campbell, a shearer and wool classer out west. The winning...

The fundraising effort was part of the students' course work, where they were assessed on their ability to work together as a team towards a common goal. "One of the best ways to teach that is to give them something real to do," their teacher, Cheryl Bradshaw told the Cootamundra Herald. The students decided that the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners were a worthy cause as they...

Teachers from TAFE's South Western Sydney Institute (SWSi) are collaborating with Campbelltown Council to provide a range of creative workshops for members of the public to participate in while they're pounding the shopping mall. The workshops cover pattern making, photography, merchandising, styling advice and hair and beauty lessons. Fashion design teachers will be providing tips...

The scholarships are either equity or merit-based incentives and were established to provide financial assistance for the students throughout their studies or beyond. "The scholarship judging panel was impressed with the students' commitment to achieving their goals and their outstanding contributions to campus life and the broader community," said Lucy Arundell,...

Demetra Kakopieros, whose collection is titled Symphonies in the Black, aims to confront people with her designs, which have been described as "dark and fierce". A passionate animal lover, Kakopieros wants people to rethink how animals are exploited for and by the fashion industry. "I design my work based on trying to capture a feeling or emotion with my...

As part of the Reskilling NSW election commitment, the NSW Government promised $8 million to assist 15 to 19 year olds discover meaningful and effective pathways into vocational education, training, and hopefully employment. As part of the program, Mid Coast Inc., already with offices in various locations throughout the region including Port Macquarie, Kempsey and Taree, has been...

The abandoned premises will be occupied by Anglicare Goulburn Early Childhood Centre, which will be expanding its service to meet a growing demand in the local area. They will be sharing the facilities with another service, the St Saviours Long Day Care Centre, which will also be expanding. "We are so pleased to be able to offer the Goulburn community a more comprehensive...

So far the program has seen the introduction of smoke-free campuses and healthy food and drink options in canteens. Buoyed on by these successful reforms, the program has now been extended for at least another two years. "South western Sydney is a diverse and vibrant community and many of our students are from cultural backgrounds that have identified risks of lifestyle...

Both organisations will work together to expand training services to capture a greater market share from automotive competitors in NSW and beyond. The collaboration will increase the delivery of TAFE NSW courses, using our training facilities for the delivery of specific programs and provide better pathways for automotive students. According to Peter Gostelow, Manager, TAFE NSW...

The Certificate III in Events students were primarily motivated by the fact that most of them knew of someone, either a family member or a friend, who was battling cancer. The morning tea was also a great opportunity for them to gain some valuable event management experience. Australia's Biggest Morning Tea is an annual fundraising event by the Cancer Council and has been...

The course aims to reduce inappropriate use of the selfie in public settings and increase the quality of what has become an important repository of social documentation. "We've all seen badly framed, poorly lit and out of focus images in our social media streams, and we at TAFE NSW have said enough is enough," said Jim Griffiths, TAFE NSW Brand ManagerThe course will...

Promoted as the 'Colour Your Life Youth Expo', the community-based event will run from 10am to 2pm. It will feature an interactive graffiti workshop by local graffiti artists The Hype Twins who will be auctioning off a signed piece of their work with the proceeds going to Taree's local youth refuge. The band SOAR will be providing music throughout the festivities, with support from...

The Yarradamerra Centre is part of Dubbo College's Myall Street Campus and worked collaboratively with the statewide Birrang Learner Driver program to deliver the initiative over a five-week period throughout February and March. Driving Instructor Brett Naden told the Daily Liberal that the program proved to be an overwhelming success with 17 participants obtaining their Learner...

By popular vote at the Royal Easter Show, TAFE NSW's South Western Sydney's Landscape was deemed the 'winner' of the 2016 Landscape Challenge People's Choice. TAFE NSW will donate $10,000 towards a 'backyard blitz' of the Bankstown centre, to be completed by TAFE NSW Padstow's landscaping students in August. "Landscaping grounds for the St Jude's Men's Centre will not only...

Josh Zammit says he has always been a filmmaker at heart, even from a very young age. He made home videos when he was 13 then upgraded to short movies when he was 16. After high school, he enrolled in a  screen and media course  at The Northern Sydney Institute's film and television school at St Leonards Campus. Now 24, Josh's first feature-length film,  Observance , has burst onto...

Three TAFE NSW Institutes participated in this year's Challenge. Illawarra was up against teams from both Western Sydney's Richmond College and SWSi's Padstow Campus.The theme this year was 'Modern Australian Backyard', and Yallah's winning entry was designed with potential bush fire risks in mind, as well as incorporating a solar-powered water feature and native plants that are...

Illawarra, South Western Sydney and Western Sydney TAFE students will compete in the  landscape challenge  , by designing and building landscaped gardens following the garden theme of 'Modern Australian Backyard' to impress the Royal Easter Show judges and gain recognition for the 'People's Choice' Award.  The public will be able to vote for their favourite garden in the 'People's...

The teams from Yallah, Padstow and Richmond are competing at this year's Royal Easter Show in the Landscaping Competition, designing and building a landscaping display based on the theme of 'Modern Australian Backyard'. While the Royal Agricultural Society will pick a winner based on criteria such as design and construction, visitors at the show can vote on their favourite, and...

With some of the most remote towns and Campuses in the state, TAFE Western covers an enormous chunk of NSW and students often have to travel lengthy distances to get to and from their classes and training. Some of these roads are potholed and unsealed. Fiona Westcott, from TAFE Western's Customer Innovation, told the Champion Post that the RMS approached TAFE Western to help...