Students given an opportunity to study a TAFE short course in Picton

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Students given an opportunity to study a TAFE short course in Picton

Posted on: 29.06.2017

TAFE NSW Western Sydney Region has been working closely with Wollondilly Shire Council to bring the ‘Introduction to Community Services’ short course to Picton. Meeting actions within Wollondilly’s Social Planning Strategy, this course is one way that Council provides opportunities for the community to access a variety of education and learning systems within the Wollondilly LGA.

Council hopes to build on this initiative in the future and looks forward to working with TAFE NSW to provide further education opportunities for Wollondilly residents. The next course to be held in Picton is a Statement of Attainment in ‘Recognise and Respond Appropriately to Domestic and Family Violence’ skillset proposed to run in the local Wollondilly community in Semester 2.

Ally Dench, Acting General Manager of Wollondilly Shire Council, said, “Currently a majority of students have to leave the Shire to receive a tertiary education, as the only tertiary option we have in Wollondilly is the University of Sydney Camden Campus’ Veterinary teaching hospital.

In 2011 only 18.5% of people in Wollondilly had a tertiary education, well below the Greater Sydney average of 33.1%.This TAFE course is one way that we are bridging the gap and filling the need for tertiary courses in Wollondilly.”

Upon successful completion of the course students will gain a Statement of Attainment which can be used as a pathway for further study in the community services field.

Some of the participating students were retraining, while others were seeking to return to work or simply seized the opportunity to grow through the learning experience.  The students were delighted that the course was available close to home.

A quote from a student of the course, submitted through the course evaluation form, “The best things about this course was being able to attend in my local area, and, Lisa the TAFE Teacher. She was very helpful and captivating and always willing to work through anything”

The course was delivered out of The Picton Shire Hall one day per week, for 6 weeks, by the Community Services Teaching section at Campbelltown TAFE.  One of the classes was delivered from the Campbelltown TAFE College so that students could discuss course options, pathways into other courses, employment prospects and gain information and contacts of the support services available for those planning to undertake further studies at TAFE.

16 students enrolled in the introductory course in early May. 13 students have successfully completed this course with 4 of these students enrolling into futher study at Campbelltown TAFE. 

For more information, contact Council on 4677 1100.