TAFE NSW has been announced as a finalist in the prestigious Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) National Travel Industry Awards, recognised for continued excellence to the industry in western NSW.
TAFE NSW Tourism and Hospitality Teacher Ann Thompson, based in Lithgow, said the organisation was thrilled to be a finalist in the Best Registered Travel Industry Training Institution category, reward for a strong commitment to training the next generation of industry experts.
“I believe being a finalist is very much recognition of our flexibility in how we deliver our courses and the quality of the training we provide our students through our teachers’ industry experience and expertise,” Ms Thompson said.
“A lot of hard work has been put in to building the Tourism and Travel section of TAFE NSW in western NSW so we offer a range of programs. The section has continually grown in all areas over the past few years - from school students in Tourism, Guiding students in remote locations such as Broken Hill, Bourke and Lightning Ridge to Tourism Trainees in Nyngan, Parkes, Lithgow, Young and Travel Trainees in Bathurst and Forbes.
“We’re providing our students across western NSW with training and opportunities that can change their lives, and we’re thrilled that we’ve been recognised for this in such a prestigious, national award.”
Finalists will be judged in June, with winners announced at a special gala dinner at the International Convention Centre in Sydney on July 22.