Mudgee TAFE puts TVET courses in spotlight

START UP: Mudgee TVET mechanical students; Connor Green, James Chamberlin, Nathanial Riley, Angus Buckley, Isaac Mackay, Dylan Simpson, Jesse Kimber, Joshua Montgomery, and Benjamin Hughes.
START UP: Mudgee TVET mechanical students; Connor Green, James Chamberlin, Nathanial Riley, Angus Buckley, Isaac Mackay, Dylan Simpson, Jesse Kimber, Joshua Montgomery, and Benjamin Hughes.

TVET (TAFE-delivered Vocational Education and Training) students in Mudgee took centre stage this week, highlighting the options available to the region’s high school students next year.

TAFE NSW TVET coordinator, Melissa Baxter, said the program was ideal for students in Years 10, 11 and 12, providing them with an opportunity to pursue exciting subjects.

“TVET gives students real-life, hands-on learning opportunities that may not be available at school,” she said.

Taylah Lynch, Sarah Forgione, and Melanie Close, of the Animal Studies course.

Taylah Lynch, Sarah Forgione, and Melanie Close, of the Animal Studies course.

“It also gives them nationally accredited units of competence, counts towards their Higher School Certificate and helps them make informed decisions about their future careers.”

Ms Baxter said TAFE NSW had a range of TVET courses available in Mudgee, including Automotive, Electrotechnology, Animal Studies, Business Services, Early Childhood, Construction, Human Services and Financial Services.

More information at tafewestern.edu.au or phone 1300 823 393.

Last week TAFE and Skillset took out the Industry Collaboration award for their Skills4Trade Program at NSW State Training Awards.

Electrotechnology students Jared Reimer and Byron Tourle.

Electrotechnology students Jared Reimer and Byron Tourle.

Launched in 2016 to address regional youth unemployment, it has increased trainee and apprenticeship participation and completion rates and helped students gain sought after skills.

Skillset CEO Craig Randazzo said, “we have to thank the hundreds of businesses across the central west who hosted work placements for Skills4Trade participants, pledged ongoing jobs and helped us change hundreds of lives as a result of this program”.