Following three successful years, TAFE Western this week is saying good-bye to the Institute Director, Adrian Mitchell who is moving to the Northern Territory to become Director of Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.
Mr Mitchell, who joined TAFE Western in 2007, says that there have been many highlights during his time in the region and they include winning the NSW and Australian Large Training Provider of the Year awards, being recognised for excellence in training Aboriginal people and the commitment of all staff to improve the relationships TAFE Western has with industry and the community to ensure that the best outcomes are achieved from training that is delivered.
"TAFE Western very well positioned to both prosper and meet the many challenges of the future, while continuing to provide innovative training solutions for the industry and communities that we service in Western NSW," he said.
"Living in Western NSW has been extremely pleasant and rewarding and in many ways it is sad to be leaving such a proud and vibrant region."
"It's rewarding to see people changing their lives through education and training. I've met many student s and graduates of TAFE Western who have grasped new opportunities from their training and it makes working for TAFE such a rewarding experience".
"TAFE Western has teachers who relate well to their communities, they understand the needs and aspirations of local people, businesses and organisations.
"I'm proud of the way this institute reaches out to people in remote and isolated communities. It has developed new ways to deliver training and embraces the use of new technologies.
"TAFE Western is also the largest provider of training to Aboriginal people who make up about 17% or our student enrolments. There are many best practice examples of training leading directly into employment or assisting Aboriginal people to build stronger and safer communities"
"Hopefully my experience of working with rural and remote communities will be of considerable benefit in undertaking the new role at Batchelor" Mr Mitchell said. "I see this as an opportunity to make a significant contribution to Aboriginal education and training not only in the Northern Territory but Australia wide."
"I strongly believe in working to close the gap between Indigenous and non-indigenous Australians and my work with Batchelor will build on what I have previously achieved with TAFE Western and Kimberly TAFE in Western Australia."
Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education in the Northern Territory is a specialist provider of vocational and tertiary education for Aboriginal people. The College is located near Litchfield National Park south of Darwin.