This National Adult Learning Week, 28-year-old student Luke Aiello, who is encouraging people to invest in their lifelong education and explore the range of in-demand engineering careers offered at TAFE NSW.
Kicking off from 1-8 September, National Adult Learning week promotes learning as a lifelong journey and the importance of engaging in new skills for life and work.
According to the ABS, 68% of Australians engaged in training and study in 2021, including Newcastle local Luke Aiello who made the switch to learn a trade and explore a career in engineering.
Demand across a range of engineering job roles is expected to grow, with another 39,000 workers predicted in the mining and manufacturing industries by 2026.
Luke Aiello from Newcastle, completed an apprenticeship and worked for Roads and Maritime Services before deciding to follow his passion and continue his learning journey in Engineering by completing his Advanced Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical).
"I knew I wanted to do something more creative and challenging. TAFE helped me learn not only the hands-on practical skills you need to start your career but also build your confidence on the job," said Luke.
"Every day is different. It’s a balance of technical and project management; I’m constantly learning.
"I enjoyed my job at RMS but realised I was interested in something more technical and innovative. Now I've made the switch, and I know it's exactly where I'm meant to be."
TAFE Newcastle Head Teacher for Engineering and Manufacturing, Karen Humphreys, said the training provided by TAFE NSW gives students the practical skills and knowledge for various engineering careers from mechanical technicians, CNC operators, and draftspeople to production and asset reliability managers.
"The nationally-recognised Certificate IV in Engineering Drafting provides students with the problem-solving skills and mechanical aptitude they need to join in-demand industries like power generation, mechanical engineering, manufacturing, and oil and gas drilling for careers as an engineering draftsperson, Karen said.
"Students can continue their learning journey to advanced-level technician and management roles by completing an Advanced Diploma/ Diploma in Engineering (Technical)”.
TAFE NSW offers engineering qualifications at various locations across the state. For more information about the range of courses on offer at TAFE NSW, visit www.tafensw.edu.au or phone 131 601.
Media contact: Callum Darby-Linfitt, TAFE NSW Communications Specialist, 02 7921 1823 firstname.lastname@example.org