After more than 42 years’ service in the NSW public sector, including the last 19 with TAFE Western, Bathurst’s Murray Jewkes has decided to call it a day.
Mr Jewkes, TAFE Western Bathurst College’s Manager of Customer Service and Facilities, will officially retire on October 15 and will be sorely missed according to Bathurst College team leader Tracey Drinan.
“Murray has been an integral part of the TAFE Western team for many years,” Ms Drinan said.
“It has been a pleasure working with Murray and everyone at the College wishes him all the very best in his retirement.”
During his 27-year tenure working for TAFE NSW, Mr Jewkes has held a number of important positions including Human Resources Manager and College Manager (TAFE Illawarra – Goulburn, Queanbeyan, Yass), Staff Development Manager (TAFE Western), Campus Manager (Mudgee, Lithgow) as well as Head of Administration and Manager of Customer Service and Campus Facilities throughout western NSW, stretching from Lithgow to Broken Hill, and Lightning Ridge to Cowra.
“The thing that I have most enjoyed is working with professional staff to help students achieve their life goals through education and training, particularly working with students from disadvantaged backgrounds through TAFE Western, offering ‘second chance’ education and training,” Mr Jewkes said.
“The thing I’ll miss the most about TAFE Western is the collegiality of colleagues and the great friends I’ve made along the way.”
In retirement, Mr Jewkes said he planned to continue working with disadvantaged students while also making the most of the great outdoors.
“I will offer tutorial support to students at Bathurst High School in literacy and numeracy and would like to teach Aboriginal adolescents how to drive so they can obtain a driver’s licence,” he said.
“In my spare time I’d also like to do a bit of travelling as well as ride my bike and go sailing.”