Orange Management educator Jillian Pennisi will create history next week when she becomes the first TAFE NSW teacher from the central west to deliver a masterclass in South Korea.
An excited Ms Pennisi will deliver a five-day Assessment Masterclass to 14 industry experts at South Korea’s University of Technology and Education, helping equip participants with the knowledge and skills to successfully deliver and assess to Australian standards in the Vocational Education Training (VET) environment.
“The Republic of Korea’s VET system is undergoing significant change, so to be able to go over there and demonstrate how we do things at TAFE NSW is very exciting and a great opportunity for me to enhance my teaching skills,” Ms Pennisi said.
“The program focuses on competency-based approaches, principles of assessment, rules of evidence and the assessor role within VET.”
Ms Pennisi admitted she faced several challenges when delivering training overseas, but that failed to dampen her enthusiasm.
“Obviously the biggest challenge is the language barrier, but when I think about the prospect of developing ongoing professional relationships and teacher networks with like-minded teachers from all over the world, I can’t help but be excited,” she said.
“These type of masterclasses have the potential to allow everyone involved to continuously learn and develop their skills for many years to come.”
TAFE NSW Regional General Manager Kate Baxter was delighted the organisation continues to develop exciting partnerships with some of the best VET providers from around the world, including China, South Korea and India.
“I believe this demonstrates that TAFE NSW and our industry-leading teaching practices are highly regarded, and highly sought after all over the world,” she said.
Ms Pennisi will leave for South Korea on Saturday, with the masterclass to run from August 7-11.