TAFE NSW students from Dunedoo celebrated the end of their courses at the local Bowling Club last Wednesday, catered by hospitality graduates.
Students studying a range of courses and participating in the SEE program - Skills for Education and Employment - in the small town have concluded their studies at the end of the semester.
These included the Statement of Attainment in; Safe Grave Digging; Enter and Work in Confined Spaces; Provide First Aid; Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA); Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG); and Working at Heights. As well as Certificate I in Preparation for Work and Training (Basic Computers).
Along with Certificate II in Hospitality, the students of which catered and served on the day. Among those who chose to study the course was Thomas Brown, who said his decision to do so was a way to get skills in a town where employment opportunities are hard to come by.
"It was something new, something different, but mainly because there's not much to do in these regional places and the further you go out there's not many opportunities for people. You've got to broaden your views," he said. "And here I saw an opportunity to get new skills in a different industry, and hospitality is everywhere. Now I've done a bit I've really enjoyed it."
He added that now he's had a taste of the industry he's keen to further his studies. "It changes your opinion on a lot of things, I was more into cars, but doing this course has actually opened me up to wanting to do more certificates in this area," he said.
Anthony Roach - who joined the course late but impressively caught up by the time of graduation - said he also took part even though it was stepping outside his previous interests. "I was more of an electronics sort of person, but having done this it's now something that I would like to go further with in the future," he said.
And added that the practical elements of the course, namely catering for the ladies' bowls at the club, provided invaluable experience. "It was a bit nerve-racking the first time, we were all shaking serving the coffees to start, but we improved a lot from doing that," he said.
Among the guests at the event was TAFE NSW's Aboriginal Engagement coordinator, Robbie Olsen, who said that this was noticeable. "It's wonderful to see the confidence that's grown in in you guys," he said.
Courses available for semester two at Dunedoo are:
- Certificate II in Construction;
- Statement of Attainment in Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation;
- Statement of Attainment in Provide First Aid;
- Statement of Attainment in Provide Emergency First Aid in Education and Care Settings.
For more information visit tafensw.edu.au or call 131 601.