DEDICATED: Matt White (left) continues to improve vocational education and training outcomes for people in remote communities.
Matt White is Head Teacher of Construction Trades for Dubbo and the Northwest and has been with TAFE Western for more than six years.
Matt is dedicated to improving vocational education and training outcomes for Aboriginal peoples and works in communities including Walgett, Bourke, Coonamble, Mudgee, Brewarrina and Weilmoringle. As head teacher, part of Matt’s job is to also supervise staff delivering programs in those communities.
Matt strongly believes that Aboriginal students in remote locations should have the same level of access to vocational education as everyone else. To ensure this happens, Matt facilitated the purchase of the TAFE Western Connect (TWC) mobile learning units to deliver construction courses in remote locations, so that no one misses out.
Matt delivers and manages training from Condobolin in southern NSW right through to a range of remote communities in northwest NSW. Teaching across such vast distances can be challenging and costly—but Matt regularly demonstrates to staff that these distances are not insurmountable.
He encourages teachers to use all the student services available to them within TAFE Western such as Aboriginal Community Consultants, Student Engagement Officers and TAFE Counsellors. Matt also ensures excellent support for his TWC students by co-enrolling his students in Construction and Foundation Skills courses so students have a high level of support in their studies.
Matt’s approach to delivering real education and training choices in some of the most isolated areas of NSW is an example of the high quality blended delivery that TWC facilitates. Neither students nor teachers work in isolation from each other and students can truly access training where they live.
This level of student and teacher interaction is a key feature of TWC and elevates this type of delivery from the often lonely fully online learning experience. The use of mobile learning resources enables the successful teaching of even a very “hands-on” construction course and students can access the full range of our learning support services.
Matt’s experience of delivering through a TWC strategy coupled with his dedication to improving training outcomes for Aboriginal peoples has resulted in many successful construction projects being completed in communities across western NSW by TAFE Western students with strong employability skills and a greatly increased confidence and pride in their work.
Matt’s dedication and hard was recently recognised when he won a 2015 Gili Award for his work with Aboriginal students.
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