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Rotary and TAFE Links
TAFE NSW is Australia’s largest vocational education and training institution and offers several hundred courses to thousands of local and international students annually.  There are several TAFE campuses within Rotary District 9685.
Rotary and TAFE Links was established as a Vocational Service program in 2007 due to a connection between Rotary and TAFE NSW – Northern Sydney Institute Hornsby College, and the recently held WorldSkills Australia National Competition in Melbourne. My son was a student at Hornsby TAFE and won a Gold Medal at the WSA competition.
At the time there were a few Rotary clubs with TAFE connections and the aim of Rotary and TAFE Links was to encourage a closer relationship between the two organisations, to mutual benefit. The TAFE connections could be with teachers, students or admin staff.
Following are some suggestions:
  • Vocational visits to local TAFE Colleges.
  • Recognition of TAFE students through Outstanding Student Awards, Apprentice & Trainee Awards.
  • Recognition of TAFE teachers and admin staff through Pride of Workmanship Awards, or other club vocational service awards.
  • Rotary Clubs to work with TAFE on joint community projects e.g., involving skills such as landscaping, building, decorating, etc.
  • Exchange of Guest Speakers between Clubs and TAFE.
  • Support TAFE teams entering the WorldSkills competitions by using Rotary contacts and networks for industry sponsorship, encouraging participating students by sending hero grams, volunteering at WSA National competitions, etc.
  • Invite suitable 18-30 year olds to participate in RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) to develop leadership skills.
  • Work with the Rotary District Youth Chair and clubs to investigate involving TAFE Students in Rotaract Clubs (existing and new on-campus.
  • Rotary Clubs to facilitate linking of local TAFE Colleges with community groups such as the Chamber of Commerce.
  • Rotary Clubs to publicise the achievements of TAFE students, teachers and admin staff as they become involved in Rotary programs