The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES KITTO

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 at­foweek.

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