TAFE Western graduate Dylan Coe knows first-hand how difficult it can be for Aboriginal students to get employment in and around Dubbo – but he has some advice for people currently in this position.
“Why not consider going to TAFE? It gave me a lot a lot of confidence and helped me out a lot,” he said.
“Going to TAFE helped me build good customer skills and also prepared me for employment. I really enjoyed TAFE, it gave me a sense of purpose. It’s a great way to get people off the street and can play a huge role in helping out our community.”
The 23-year-old graduated from a Certificate IV in Hospitality in August and then almost simultaneously gained employment at Woolies – a position he currently holds to this day.
“I’m definitely going to stick it out – I really like working there,” Dylan said.
“You walk around the supermarket and speak to people who have worked there for 20, ten, eight and five years - so I think that shows it’s a great place to work.”
TAFE Western Relieving Head Teacher of Tourism and Hospitality Sue Greer was extremely proud of Dylan and believes he’s proof that TAFE does have the potential to deliver real-life employment options.
“Dylan has acquired the necessary skills to be successful in any industry he chooses from completing the Certificate IV Hospitality course at TAFE Western,” she said.
“Dylan has a professional attitude, displays exemplary customer service skills and was an excellent team member. He was a pleasure to teach and I hope he goes on to achieve big things in the future.”
Dylan said one day he would like to go on and own and manage his own night club, or would even love to become a manager at Woolies. But for now, he’s happy just to build on his customer skills, learn as much as he can through his role with Woolies and be a great role model for his family and friends.
** Dylan (left) with fellow TAFE students Adam and Jack Bowden at this year's Bangamalanha Conference.