Three months into his new role as TAFE Western Wellington and Dunedoo College team leader, Adam Peckham has already set himself some ambitious goals.
The 30-year-old is determined to make a positive difference to the lives of people in Wellington and Dunedoo, providing vocational education and training programs that meet the needs of local students and employers.
“My passion is to help change lives through understanding and encouragement,” Adam said. “In my current role I hope to connect with the Aboriginal population and be someone that they feel comfortable approaching.
“I want to contribute to people achieving their goals and I want to help the community with important projects, at the same time assisting TAFE Western grow and become a pillar in the Wellington community.”
Adam comes to the role with plenty of experience. He spent the past five years working for Mission Australia in Coffs Harbour as a residential youth and case worker.
He is also very familiar with the area, having been raised at Nanima Mission just outside Wellington. He attended high school in Mt Druitt and Wellington, before completing his Year 12 at Chifley College Whalan Campus in 2002.
“Working with the community and being a familiar face when they walk through the door is very important,” Adam said.
“I have the experience and knowledge to work with people from different socio-economic backgrounds and I want to help and encourage them to undertake these important educational opportunities that have the potential to change their lives.
“While working at Mission Australia I noticed that a lot of people were lacking the fundamental skills to have the confidence to go out and find employment.
“Unfortunately society will then lose these individuals to the street life, whether it be incarceration, drugs or alcohol, which is very easy to do in a town such as Wellington.
“I’m hoping that I can help people break this cycle.”
Adam admits it’s going to be hard work, but he’s motivated to make a difference.
“I have to be honest – this is a very challenging job,” he said.” The term sink or swim can certainly be applied to this role, but there is a lot of experience within TAFE and everyone has helped out heaps which makes a big difference.”