Traditionally the trade industry has been a male domain, but increasingly more females are becoming attracted by the opportunities of developing their physical skills as a creative form of expression. And while it’s not uncommon these days to see a new generation of Australian women working within the trade sector that appeal has now broadened for female international students as well.
In the 2022 Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction course there are three South Korean women enrolled at TAFE’s Coomera Marine campus. Leanna Ha, Younghyun (Young) Kim and Sujin Kim didn’t know each other prior to enrolment, but have become firm friends since starting the course this year. All admit they were surprised to find that they weren’t the only Korean female in their class.
The Diploma of Applied Blockchain at TAFE Queensland is now eligible for JobTrainer funding, meaning any Queensland resident looking to develop new skills can do so for only $145.
General Manager of TAFE Queensland on the Gold Coast, Karen Dickinson said she is thrilled that this course will now be more accessible to students.
“This training is proudly delivered by TAFE Queensland under the joint State and Federal JobTrainer funding. This diploma isn’t just a Blockchain course, we are reimagining the way business should be done and making life easier.”
The Australian Government’s decision to reopen our international borders in late 2021 was a welcome relief for the education sector, particularly our international students who have been patiently and, in many cases, exasperatingly waiting for their opportunity to finally commence their studies onshore.
There are many thousands yet to make their journey, but some of the lucky few who were the first to arrive on the Gold Coast have kindly shared their insights into their experiences of the pandemic and their frustrations of not being able to study here.
Eight Gold Coast state high schools have joined together to share resources and teaching expertise to deliver free after-hours online masterclasses to Year 12 ATAR students this year.
The pilot project, titled Beyond the School Gates, will allow any student studying mathematics methods, chemistry or physics to access high level academic virtual tutoring with subject experts each week over a nine-month trial period.
The project is an initiative of the Gold Coast Secondary Principals’ Alliance, jointly funded by Study Gold Coast’s Education Vision Project Fund, and will culminate with project partner Griffith University’s Science On The Go team delivering free school holiday consolidation workshops during the June/July school holidays.
Five Gold Coast students were recently acknowledged for their outstanding achievements and their impact on our city at the Gold Coast Student Excellence Awards.
Now in their third year, the Awards were established to recognise the valuable contributions that students make to the wider benefit of our community and how they enrich the cultural fabric of our lives. The award categories are: Championing Diversity, Fostering the Creative Arts, Protecting Our Environment, Enhancing Our Communities and Peer to Peer Support.
This year’s winners covered a broad scope of achievements, from building social and public speaking skills through drama to working with disabled children and a raft of initiatives advocating for gender equality.
Australian Pacific College has been training international and domestic students across Australia for almost 30 years in vocational courses from travel and tourism through to project management. Their Gold Coast campus is in the heart of Surfers Paradise, just a few minutes’ walk from the beach, and its latest showpiece is the Creative Design Hub, an initiative developed and supported through Study Gold Coast’s Education Vision Project Fund.
The Creative Design Hub was officially launched with a fashion parade showcasing the work of two Gold Coast labels, Circa Collective and Why Mary. Australian Pacific College Assistant Academic Manager for Design Rachel Hawkins says she wanted to stage an event to create awareness about the new facility and its potential for students.
“We are here, we have an amazing facility and we have a space we want to share with industry to engage with us while showcasing our incredibly talented students”, Rachel says.
Devasehnan Archunan originally planned to pursue a career in tourism, but just after he attained his Tourism Management degree in Malaysia the COVID-19 pandemic arrived and effectively shut down the international tourism industry. While weighing up his options Deva decided to accompany his grandfather on a trip to Australia, who wanted to visit Deva’s uncle on the Gold Coast.
As Deva had spent much of his young life caring for his grandparents, he began to consider the prospect of a career in the sector.
“COVID was a turning point in my life because it impacted the tourism industry so significantly and I began to reconsider my career path”, Deva says. “Taking care of your family members is an Asian tradition and something I had already been doing at home with my grandmother and grandfather, so I thought why not take care of people as a career?”
Kool Kids Training College have commenced construction on a new teaching facility in Southport. While inspecting the construction work this week, College Manager Sam Hendry was excited about the potential of the new facility.
“We are planning for a time in the not-too-distant future when we can welcome students back into our training rooms – both domestic and international. This vision of delivering the best training facility in Early Childhood Education and Care sector in Australia is taking shape and our students will love it!”, Sam said.
The new Kool Kids Training College will boast 153 square metres of floor space with two state of the art technologically equipped training rooms featuring presenter tracking cameras delivering enhanced interactivity for students studying online. The facility will also include a substantial collaborative meeting space for post lecture review sessions, as well as an onsite gym.
Envirotech Education recently commenced two new courses to make marine science more accessible than ever before. The Certificate II (for high school students) and Certificate III courses in Marine Habitat Conservation and Restoration were developed by Envirotech when they realised there were significant gaps in the marine conservation and restoration fields in Australia.
The courses were established because the only existing pathways were through either on the job training or via an academic degree. According to Envirotech many people with lower-level skills are in practical positions working in marine conservation, resulting in high salary expenses and wasted resources for employers, government and the community.
Both Certificate II and III are designed for students who may not have earned university enrolment but have a desire to learn marine-based working skills and who wish to take professional leadership in community marine restoration work and to empower communities to participate in protecting local marine environments.