Minister launches "Made by TAFE NSW" campaign

Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli today launched the Made by TAFE NSW campaign, which celebrates success stories from across TAFE NSW and recognises the positive contribution that TAFE makes to communities across the State.

"Every year 500,000 students enrol in TAFE to learn new skills and improve their opportunities in the workplace. It's appropriate to acknowledge their input in the community and TAFE NSW's role in their education," Mr Piccoli said.

Mr Piccoli launched the campaign with Member for Coogee Bruce Notley-Smith at the opening of a new $630,000 Healthcare Training Precinct at the Randwick College of Sydney TAFE.

"The opening of this cutting-edge Healthcare Training Precinct is an example of TAFE NSW's focus on meeting the needs of industry, and delivering high quality training and education to students to make them job ready," Mr Piccoli said.

"The development of the Healthcare Training Precinct at Randwick College involved the construction of a simulated hospital ward environment comprising an aged care ward, an acute care ward, a nurse station, a simulated home environment and a classroom.

"The Healthcare Training Precinct now makes Sydney TAFE a centre of excellence in health and aged care, catering for increased enrolment demand. It complements the significant local Health Education area at Randwick alongside the University of NSW, the Prince of Wales Hospital and the Royal Women's Hospital.

"A TAFE NSW qualification is a stamp of quality, sought after and valued by employers," Mr Piccoli said.

Managing Director of TAFE NSW, Pam Christie said the Made by TAFE NSW campaign features graduates and their stories, designed to inspire students and stakeholders about the products, people and industries that TAFE NSW supports.

"The campaign includes a new look TAFE NSW quality stamp, highlighting the value of TAFE NSW qualifications. It will also showcase TAFE NSW Ambassadors who have gone on to successful careers — from local heroes to those on the world stage," Ms Christie said.

"Former TAFE graduates who have lent their names to the campaign as ambassadors include winemaker Lisa McGuigan, as well as Giovanni Pilu, chef and owner of Pilu at Freshwater."

Mr Notley-Smith said TAFE NSW's diverse learning options give more people the opportunity to gain qualifications in a way that suits them.

"The Healthcare Training Precinct at Randwick TAFE is a fantastic new training facility that will offer local students quality training in the growing health and aged care industries," Mr Notley-Smith said.

"The collaboration of Randwick TAFE, the University of New South Wales and the Prince of Wales and the Royal Women's Hospitals recognises the significance of our local health precinct, and its need for well trained and qualified staff.

"TAFE NSW is changing to deliver a better future. It is listening to how students want to learn and what businesses need. You can learn online, face-to-face, and on the job – whether it's to get your first job, upskill or reskill," Mr Notley-Smith said.

For more information about Made by TAFE NSW, visit http://www.madebytafensw.edu.au/

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