TASTAFE staff, students and communities celebrated the opportunities created for Tasmanians through the public education institution on National TAFE Day

TasTAFE has a proud history of giving Tasmanians the tools they need to get into the workforce – be they hairdressers, home care providers, mechanics or baristas, a lot of people know and engage with someone who has thrived at TAFE.

Recognising National TAFE Day on 11 August, the Australian Education Union (AEU) hosted celebrations for staff and students at TasTAFE campuses across the state.

AEU Tasmania President David Genford said it was vital to recognise the positive role TAFE played in the community and the pathways it provided for Tasmanians.

“It’s great to see so many Tasmanians given a career path to follow through TAFE – whether that’s as an electrician, childcare worker, plumber or a hairdresser the opportunities are far-reaching,” he said.

“TAFE gives chances for students who don’t wish to follow a university pathway.

“It provides industry-recognised courses led by passionate teachers.

“Every member of our community deserves the opportunity of a high-quality education and all the benefits that will bring them.

“At TAFE, that’s what they get.”

Member for Elwick and Shadow Minister for TAFE Josh Willie joined celebrations at the TasTAFE Campbell Street campus.

“I joined in National TAFE Day celebrations to hear first hand from teachers and staff about the high-quality education and training provided by TasTAFE,” Mr Willie said.

“It was also an opportunity to hear the thoughts of teachers and students about current proposals to changes on TasTAFE governance structures.

“TasTAFE, as an effective government lead training provider, has given thousands of Tasmanians undeniable success and life-long career paths to key service industries necessary to the success of our communities.

“Critical industries like health services, construction and childcare that we simply cannot risk.”

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