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Andrew Saunders has returned to his role at TAFE NSW as Leader of Business Relationships and Pathway Design in the Aboriginal Learning Circle after filming channel Nine’s renovation program, The Block.
Andrew and his wife Deb were hard-working contestants on The Block and despite some long renovating hours, Andrew’s passion and commitment to supporting current TAFE NSW students and those considering study, was never far from his mind.
Andrew’s role at TAFE NSW sees him providing support and creating pathways to employment for Aboriginal people who are studying at TAFE NSW or who would like to.
“My time on The Block was a lot of fun and we put in many hours but I also managed to make a few calls to my TAFE colleagues and making sure the programs I support were rolling along. It’s not because I had to, it’s because it’s my passion; it’s important to me to facilitate these pathways available to students,” said Andrew.
“I am Australian Aboriginal from Biripi country in beautiful Taree and I feel very strongly about supporting local communities and individuals to achieve their goals.
“These may be goals that people didn’t even know were available to them. That is the great thing about TAFE NSW; we design courses specifically for local communities to give people the real world skills for the job they want. I’m just proud to be part of the team who makes these opportunities available”.
TAFE NSW Regional General Manager Marie Larkings said, TAFE NSW recognises the importance of customising study options to equip students with practical skills and work experience they need to pursue employment opportunities.
“TAFE NSW is always innovating and developing courses to meet the needs of Aboriginal people and we are thrilled to have employees like Andrew championing those,” said Marie.
“We have been very excited to watch Andrew and Deb on The Block and really appreciate Andrew’s ongoing commitment to TAFE NSW and in helping us to shine a light on these education opportunities.”
Australia’s largest training provider, TAFE NSW offers over 1200 courses, from certificates to degrees. Many can be studied online via TAFE Digital, when and where it suits students. Visit www.tafensw.com.au or call 131 601.
Media contact: Janelle Kelly, Media and Communications Business Partner TAFE NSW, (02) 49237784, mobile 0417 439 392.