NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has congratulated TAFE Western for its innovative work in Vocational Education and Training with the Institute winning the 2013 NSW Premier’s Awards for Public Service at a ceremony in Sydney last night.
Ms Kate Baxter, TAFE Western’s Institute Director said, “It is a pleasure to be recognised with this prestigious award. Every staff member has worked hard to make TAFE Western Connect successful.
“TAFE Western Connect is a regional strategy to ensure that TAFE Western’s delivery of vocational education and training continues to make a vital contribution to Western NSW giving access to a wider range of courses offered in all of the Institute’s communities.
“In 2012, TAFE Western Connect’s first year of operation, the initiative helped more than 3,200 students gain access to further education and training. Of significance is that 28 per cent of the 2012 enrolments were Aboriginal students and 10 per cent were students with a disability.
“So far this year, 3,688 students are enrolled through TAFE Western Connect, a growth of 10 per cent over our first year of operation.”
TAFE Western Connect has also previously been recognised with the initiative being named ‘Project of the Year’ at the TAFE NSW Innovation and Excellence Awards in 2012.
Enrolments are now open in TAFE Western courses in 2014. For more information call 1300 823 393.