Discover TAFE NSW’s industry partners and how TAFE NSW can connect you with industry and provide training that meets your business needs.
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Industry partnerships and case studies
For the past 10 years, TAFE NSW and Ausgrid have joined together to provide an Indigenous pre-apprenticeship program for the energy industry.
In 2014 seventeen people graduated from the ninth pre-apprenticeship program. Since its inception several other industry organisations have come on board selecting participants for their own apprenticeships including Transgrid, Endeavour Energy and group training organisations, the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) and MEGT.
NSW Police Force
Partnered with the NSW Police Force, TAFE NSW now delivers Diploma of Management and Certificate IV in Frontline Management to the employees of the force.
TAFE NSW South Western Sydney designed, developed and delivered the Diploma of Management and the Certificate IV in Frontline Management to employees of the NSW Police Force.
Working together with the NSW Police Force, TAFE provided a tailored solution to meet their training requirements.
The delivery of the Diploma of Management and the Certificate IV in Frontline Management included a series of workshops, online delivery and tutorial support as well as a facilitated mentoring program.
TAFE's Aboriginal Unit supported the program providing guidance, advice and funding to support travel for remote employees who completed training. Approximately 45 Aboriginal students from across NSW Police participated in this program as well as fifteen high-ranking staff members positioned in mentoring roles.
"TAFE NSW worked extremely hard to ensure the program content reflected the needs of the NSW Police Force. TAFE NSW South Western Sydney teachers, personnel and business consultants really respect their clients' needs – and they showed passion and commitment throughout their teaching and delivery."
Manager Workplace Training Unit, New South Wales Police Force
The iconic Australian Department store David Jones and TAFE NSW's St George School of Fashion work together to support emerging fashion designers to launch their careers in the Australian fashion industry.
In October 2014, David Jones hosted the Advanced Diploma of Fashion Design final "Signature Collection" on Seven. An industry panel that consisted of some of the most influential figures in fashion including Donna Player, David Jones Group Executive of Merchandising; Sophia Clarke, Womenswear General Manager at David Jones; Petta Chua, Vogue Australia; and Tarek Kourhani, Senior Designer at Design.27 and STAFE NSW alumni, was enthusiastic and excited about the next generation of designers.
The Diploma of Applied Fashion and Technology students also presented their "Capsule Collection" to Alix Manning Davis, David Jones buyer, Jasmine Pulbrook, Senior Designer The Apparel Group and Matthew Eager, CEO of Matthew Eager.
The Diploma of Fashion and Textile Merchandising presented Fashion Business strategies at the exhibition. The fashion industry requires highly skilled people who have passion and drive with a strong understanding of how the industry works and who live and breathe its heart and soul.
Woolworths requires ongoing quality training of their staff to continue their success. They approached TAFE NSW to take their employees to the next level. After securing federal funding, TAFE NSW Central Coast and Hunter tailored a training program for their staff, from Sydney to the Central Coast and up to Newcastle.
"TAFE's training was great and the staff made it their business to understand the Woolworths training environment and ensure training was easy to understand, contextualised and relevant," said Claire Badger, relieving Regional Training Specialist for Woolworths.
The partnership has allowed Woolworths to develop their training capability with ongoing training improved across Woolworths' sites.
Woolworths also currently partners with TAFE NSW in the fast-tracked butcher apprenticeship scheme which provides more than 100 Woolworths Supermarket Meat Apprentices every year, 12 months faster than usual training time.
Royal Australian Air Force
TAFE NSW Western Sydney is helping Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) employees to gain qualifications which recognise their skills and experience. The program will allow RAAF participants to have their extensive information, communication and technology knowledge, skills and experience recognised in the form of the Certificate IV in Information Technology and Diploma of Information Technology Systems Administration.
These qualifications will help RAAF employees in their current employment, for promotions or to assist them in gaining related employment when they complete their service. The program commenced in September 2013 with RAAF employees from the Richmond Base, and was expanded to other RAAF Bases in 2014.
Railcorp (Now Transport NSW) has undergone a wide scale reform. To meet their new standards, they partnered with TAFE NSW to provide critical training and upskilling of their Rolling Stock Division staff.
Existing long term staff were signed up as electrical and mechanical engineering apprentices with TAFE NSW. They were then successfully put through an intensive fast tracked training program.
The award-winning Travel and Tourism department at TAFE NSW has secured access to the very best in the business. When you study travel and tourism you'll find numerous opportunities.
Industry leaders provide a range of specialist partner programs and work placement programs, and engage students in real world events.
Students also get the chance to take part in on-campus recruitment activity, aimed at bringing the travel and tourism industry together with our future graduates.
Industry partners include: Sydney Opera House, Merlyn Entertainment, Drive Away Holidays, The Travel Corporation, Novotel and Captain Cook Cruises.
Working with Roads and Maritime Services, students studying at TAFE NSW Illawarra are assessed by examiners to inspect vehicles and ensure a minimum safety standard. If you want to attain this qualification, TAFE NSW is the sole provider who delivers the training on behalf of RMS.
Under the AIS there are four types of vehicle inspection stations. To become an authorised RMS inspector you need to gain an inspection authority for each type:
- ASCIS – Authorised Safety Check Inspection Station (light vehicles)
- AUVIS – Authorised Unregistered Vehicle Inspection Station (unregistered light vehicles)
- HVAIS – Heavy Vehicle Authorised Inspection Station (heavy vehicles)
- AGIS – Authorised Gas Inspection Station (gas vehicles)
Upon submission of the required Approval for Training letter from the RMS and successful completion of the course with TAFE NSW, you will be issued authorisation to conduct inspections by the RMS.
Penrith City Council
Partnering with Penrith City Council, digital media students from the Nepean Arts and Design Centre set out on a bold project to create a soundscape of St Mary's streets in a mobile app. They recorded, edited and produced the app.
The result was The Soundlapse - Queen Street Riches and Textures 2014 project: an audio tour taking audiences on a journey through the past, present and future of Queen Street, St Marys.
AutoCel is TAFE NSW Sydney's new automotive and mechanical centre. This year they partnered with WPC Group and Nissan, as part of the national NISSMAP (Mentored Apprenticeship Program) to train Nissan's future technicians.
The students of the inaugural class at AutoCel completed their second teaching block in June. At the first dedicated NSW Nissan class, AutoCel received a new Nissan Almera ST and other Nissan components to use in their training.
Komatsu staff are achieving great results because of a TAFE NSW training program that has been designed to recognise employees moving into management roles at the company with formal qualifications.
All 17 employees enrolled in the new initiative between Komatsu and TAFE NSW achieved a result of 'Achieved Competency' with eight of the graduates achieving results of 90% or above in all 10 units of the course.
The Komatsu FLM course was developed after Komatsu approached TAFE NSW Central Coast and Hunter to deliver training to staff entering the field of management. The goal of the partnership was to "take emerging or potential managers and give them the skills and confidence to develop and lead teams for their organisation."
One of the employees who undertook the course praised the initiative:
"I sincerely thank you for teaching me new skills, refining those I already had and unearthing those I had, but had forgotten."
BlueScope Steel Thailand
Metals, roofing and walling training has been delivered to employees of BlueScope Steel Thailand in partnership with TAFE NSW Sydney. Endorsed by the Thai Government, an additional 500 employees now have access to this program in Thailand.
Trades Recognition Australia
A deal signed between TAFE NSW and Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) has created a great opportunity for foreign students looking to start a career in hairdressing.
Migrants from China, South Korea and the United Kingdom (or others wishing to emigrate) will have the chance to gain a qualification from TAFE NSW Sydney following an agreement with the Department of Industry's TRA.
TAFE NSW will run complete skills assessments for hairdressers (as well as chefs and cooks) from these selected nations. Those who are successful when they apply will earn Australian qualifications. This new program goes hand in hand with the work TAFE NSW already does with the 457 Visa Program and the Job Ready Program.
Poche Centre for Indigenous Health
There are currently only 35 Indigenous dentists practising in Australia. Poor oral health is a considerable issue for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. This is why TAFE NSW Western Sydney has partnered with the University of Sydney, Sydney Medical School, the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and the Rotary Club of Sydney.
The partnership aims to address this through increasing access to suitable services. The goal is to increase the number of Indigenous dentists in Australia.
Fifteen students are currently completing vocational qualifications in dental assisting and allied health which will lead to guaranteed placement into the Bachelor of Oral Hygiene and Bachelor of Dentistry at The University of Sydney. The vocational training is being delivered flexibly with blocks of face-to-face training being held at TAFE Digital's Dental facility in Randwick.
Community Transport Organisation (CTO)
TAFE NSW Northern Sydney has partnered with the Community Transport Organisation (CTO) and is now their Registered Training Organisation. Community Transport assists people from many walks of life by providing non-profit transport services that cater to the needs of frail, elderly people and their carers. They also help younger people with moderate or severe disabilities and isolated residents living in rural areas.
TAFE will provide nationally accredited full and part qualifications for CTO managers, staff and volunteers involved in aged care, disability and the transport industry. They will bring them up to speed on topics including manual handling, complaints handling, privacy, driver safety, work health and safety, and first aid. CTO has approximately 4,000 members nationally.
JCB Construction Equipment Australia engages TAFE NSW Western to accredit all its operators in NSW. TAFE offers nationally recognised accreditation through either full competency-based training and assessment, or tailored assessment-only pathways to meet operational needs. With either accreditation option, operators can gain competency on up to five pieces of equipment
Bhutanese Employment Advocate Program
TAFE NSW Riverina has created a program for Bhutanese students, working closely with industry employers. The program focuses on the need to build a stronger understanding of the work, language and culture in Australia for English language students, especially the Bhutanese community.
Local industry contacts in the accommodation, manufacturing and recycling industries agreed to supply suitable work placement opportunities for students. This mentoring approach provides significant benefits to the students and the host workplaces. The program gradually increases the number of days at work and decreases the direct classroom participation. Classes are customised around the specific needs of the students to support them in their engagement with the workplace culture and language. The program has been hailed for its innovation and success.
Manildra Flour Mills
For many years TAFE NSW has partnered with Manildra Flour Mills, the largest wheat processor in Australia. TAFE NSW Western looks after the entire mill's training needs allowing its managers to concentrate on their core business of producing high grade flour products.
"Training is an integral part of our business – formalising qualifications, up-skilling and making sure staff are trained whenever there are new industry requirements. Over the past few years, the Manildra Group has developed a close and responsive relationship with TAFE NSW."
Manildra Group of Companies Human Resources Manager, John Chilcott
AviSkills is a unique partnership venture with TAFE NSW, Qantaslink, Tamworth Regional Council, BAE Systems, McCarthy Consultants and Harris Solicitors, which facilitates and supports training in aviation engineering nationally and internationally.
When Tyrepower wanted to improve their level of service, they engaged TAFE NSW. Together an innovative training program was designed combining Tyrepower's internal training with recognised TAFE qualifications across areas such as tyre management, steering and suspension.
Tyrepower Education and Development Manager Michael Vassallo said that the collaboration with TAFE NSW Western Sydney allows them to ensure that employees are suitably qualified and skilled.
"Training plays a very important role in professionalising our workforce and we are privileged to be able to work with a training organisation which has taken the time to understand our needs and work with us for a solution."
Automotive Head Teacher Mike Cochrane said that the collaboration will allow Tyrepower to stand out in the market.
"Qualified and suitably skilled staff are increasingly a selling point in the automotive market. Customers are expecting more and will keep coming back if they are well catered to and have confidence in their service providers. This is a great initiative from Tyrepower and we are excited to be a part of it."
Drought Reach Program
TAFE NSW New England partnered with the state government to launch Drought Reach, a new plan to assist farmers and businesses to prepare for drought. The Drought Reach program is jointly supported by State Training Services, TAFE NSW New England and Rural Skills Australia.
TAFE's Diploma of Agriculture program provides training that addresses the impact of drought, and also recognises the current skills and ability of the agricultural workforce. As part of Drought Reach it will create training for those in the farming sector to learn about:
- Resource management
- Farm diversification
- Financial management and business skills
- Paddock workshops
- New technologies
The Diploma will incorporate recognition of prior learning, flexible online delivery, and a potential future pathway into the Bachelor of Agrifood Systems at the University of New England.
Forest Industry Council
The Forest Industry Council, a collaboration involving 36 enterprises, including international forestry firms with a total business worth of $1.2 billion, is hosted by the TAFE NSW Riverina. This initiative provides specialist training spanning the growth and management of forests through to harvesting and processing.
Active Tree Services
Active Tree Services is a business of more than 700 direct employees. To maintain their leading position in the industry they put a lot of time into recruitment and ongoing training from entry level staff to the highest people in management. To support their people, Active Tree Services sponsors staff to take training, particularly the Certificate III in Horticulture/Arboriculture through leading providers like TAFE NSW.
"Active Tree Services has enjoyed a successful partnership with TAFE NSW for many years. TAFE NSW has provided training and development solutions and support to meet our workforce capability needs nationally."
National HR Manager, Active Group of Companies
TAFE NSW joined together with Newleaf Communities and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace relations to implement the 'Beautifying Bonnyrigg' community project.
Initiated by Bonnyrigg Newleaf Communities Housing Estate, the project was a community-focused education and development project designed to engage indigenous, mature age and youth job seekers in South Western Sydney and provide them with sustainable employment outcomes.
Sixteen students completing the 14 week Certificate II in Horticulture took part in the Newleaf community project. Working together with Newleaf, TAFE NSW gave students an opportunity to develop their skills and find employment, while at the same time help Newleaf and the community develop the Bonnyrigg housing estate. Fourteen participants completed work placements and five graduates remained employed with the Newleaf Community renewal project after course completion. Other graduates received a start for a horticulture apprenticeship.
AMEP Migrant Youth Group
TAFE NSW Illawarra recently partnered with Wollongong City Council Youth Workers for the delivery of two AMEP Migrant Youth programs. It provided students with English language skills and focused on pathways over three days. An additional day was spent at the Wollongong Youth Centre which covered things such as accessing public transport, visiting public libraries and art galleries, and bicycle riding. For some of the students, aged between 18 and 24 and from countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran, this was the first time they had undertaken these activities.
Northern Territory Construction
TAFE NSW Riverina is conducting programs in Civil Construction associated with the Ichthys oil and gas development. TAFE has worked closely with Indigenous students to offer them positive training in the region. 17 graduated in June 2014 with a Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations.
Further opportunities in the NT include working with Leighton Contractors in Darwin to provide potential training to 40 employees in Civil Construction Supervision, and more exciting opportunities with the NT Government under the 2014 User Choice agreement.
Big Fat Smile, Illawarra
Big Fat Smile is a not-for-profit community organisation, with a range of community preschools, playgroups and play centres all across the Illawarra region.
Partnering with TAFE NSW Illawarra, they offer scholarships for those completing the Diploma of Children's Services. If you're looking to complete a qualification in the field, it's an excellent opportunity to get some assistance. Big Fat Smile's staff also run professional development programs at TAFE NSW to share their wealth of experience in Children's Services.
TAFE NSW Central Coast and Hunter students will now be given greater opportunities to follow their musical dreams, thanks to an industry partnership signed with Newcastle's premier music store, Musos Corner, and its new '90 Degrees Studio' training facility.
The partnership between TAFE NSW and Musos Corner will ensure a synergy between the two organisations, giving students access to additional studio environments and the ability to utilise and compare a wide range of new technical and recording devices, as or before they are released to the market. Students will be invited to regular exclusive VIP studio workshops presented by leading guest experts.
17-year-old student Morgana Oskai, who is known for her 'killer' voice and exceptional harp playing skills, said the partnership will give students greater access to industry connections to advance their careers.
"I have played the harp from a young age, however it wasn't until I came to TAFE NSW where my teachers encouraged me to sing," Morgana said.
Owner of Musos Corner, Sandra Lindsay said that she was really excited about the partnership.
"I want local students to have access to the best facilities and equipment and see the Central Coast & Hunter grow as a respected city for music talent."
TAFE NSW Northern Sydney has partnered with SAP Australia to offer SAP's uAcademy.
Each SAP uAcademy course offers comprehensive, self-paced learning that leads to the globally recognised SAP certification and helps you gain the knowledge and confidence you need to build a successful career.
The online courses aim to equip students with the skills and knowledge in software applications that are in high demand from employers across the country, in both business and government, through a combination of e-learning and hands-on experience.
Take your career to the next level and meet the growing demand for professionals who are skilled at using and configuring SAP solutions.
Benefits of online SAP training:
- Prepares you for the globally recognised SAP Certification
- Flexible and affordable training
- Delivered completely online
- Teacher and SAP help desk support
- Virtual networking with peers and industry.