Students go mad for TAFE
WITH cakes prepared by its cooking students and an entertaining Mad Hatters themed event, yesterday North Coast TAFE officially launched its new Byron Bay campus in style.
The Byron Bay Community Centre is the latest venue to come under the North Coast TAFE umbrella as the institution takes its training to the people in a pop-up style learning model.
"Over the past 12 months we have aimed to make TAFE services more mobile," TAFE North Coast Institute Director, Elizabeth McGregor, said.
"We have created the 'TAFE Here' program to take learning to the communities and industries that need it," she said.
From its new Byron Bay campus, North Coast TAFE has run four courses last semester in hospitality, tourism, holiday parks and resorts training, according to Mary Allan, Head Teacher of Tourism, Hospitality, Aviation, Cookery and Events at North Coast TAFE.
"There was a need for training in Byron Bay, so we brought TAFE to the students," she said.
"We are also looking to extend classes in cookery with upgraded facilities in the centre's kitchen."
With transport a barrier to many in regional areas, creating tailor-made courses to upgrade skills in a central location in Byron Bay has been a success, Angela Rigney, Employment Manager of EnviTE, said.
"We have built a really good relationship with TAFE and they have been so flexible with delivering courses," she said.
"Employers let us know what skills training is needed and we work with TAFE to design training that fills those skill gaps."
To date the Byron Bay campus has trained job seekers or employees upgrading their skills with Certificate III in Business; Hospitality and Parks and Resorts training with negotiations underway for Aged Care training.
Students have come from Ocean Shores, Mullumbimby and Byron Bay.