LIVE AND LEARN
NEW Norfolk TAFE student Ryan Hunter is proof a career change can open up a world of opportunities.
The former retail worker is now studying a certificate III in carpentry at TasTAFE’s Clarence Campus after noticing the recent growth in the building and construction industry.
Mr Hunter said choosing to move away from retail work at a mature age and into a TAFE course was about creating a long-term career.
“I’ve always been into building but it’s not until you get older and wiser that you realise you need to choose a career path, something long-term,” he said.
“For me it’s all about learning as much as I can. I really enjoy learning new skills.”
A 2017 Skilling Australia report showed more TAFE students are finding success in gaining employment at the completion of their course. The report showed VET graduates have a higher employment rate — 78 per cent — than bachelor degree graduates at 69 per cent.
TasTAFE is this week holding Info Week sessions at its campuses for interested students to chat with students and find out about enrolment processes.
An apprenticeship information evening will also be held tomorrow night at the Clarence Campus from 6pm. Info Week details are available at www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/infoweek.