South West TAFE hospitality teachers Jamie Fischer and Rob Hamilton, TAFE South West senior communications coordinator Andrew Van Der Beek and executive director of studies Jenni Butler.
South West TAFE hospitality teachers Jamie Fischer and Rob Hamilton, TAFE South West senior communications coordinator Andrew Van Der Beek and executive director of studies Jenni Butler.

Warwick's TAFE 'here to stay’

IF THERE were any doubts about the future of TAFE in Warwick, they were certainly quelled on Friday night with the opening of a new learning centre at the Dragon St campus.

The new learning centre, which includes a purpose-built "drop in space", features contemporary furniture and has been designed to allow students to undertake self-directed learning, meet classmates to discuss group work and discuss course content with teaching staff.

TAFE South West general manager Trevor Schwenke attended the opening, using the opportunity to discuss the future of the Dragon St campus with business leaders, staff and students.

We've got to let people know the Warwick TAFE is open for business

Mr Schwenke told the Daily News the intent of the learning centre was to provide assistance and support for students.

"Its primary use is as a drop in place for people who need assistance and help with their studies," he said.

"If students are struggling with their studies they can come in and have a chat with staff."

TAFE officials have been out and about in recent months, as they spruik the re-branding of TAFE Queensland and discuss the future direction of vocational education.

TAFE RE-ENERGISED: TAFE South West general manager Trevor Schwenke, Southern Downs deputy mayor Ross Bartley, Warwick Credit Union CEO Lewis von Steiglitz and Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg at the opening of the new learning centre at South West TAFE on Friday.
TAFE RE-ENERGISED: TAFE South West general manager Trevor Schwenke, Southern Downs deputy mayor Ross Bartley, Warwick Credit Union CEO Lewis von Steiglitz and Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg at the opening of the new learning centre at South West TAFE on Friday. Deanna Millard

 

Mr Schwenke said TAFE were going into the workforce a lot more.

"We've done some work with rural industries to try and determine how to provide skills and jobs for people on the land," he said.

"We've created a model that will make TAFE in our region competitive."

While there has been a lot of doubt about the future of Warwick's campus, Mr Schwenke had this message for the doubters.

"We've got to let people know the Warwick TAFE is open for business," he said.

"If you want the local TAFE to survive you need to support it."

The learning centre is now open to TAFE students, with support staff working to provide assistance with studies.

TAFE South West are hitting the road again in September, with the TAFE on Tour coming to the Rose City Shoppingworld on September 11.

South West TAFE Aged Care Teacher Janet Ryan, Health and Community Services faculty director Ann-Maree Lucht and associate director Infrastructure Ali Stewart.
South West TAFE Aged Care Teacher Janet Ryan, Health and Community Services faculty director Ann-Maree Lucht and associate director Infrastructure Ali Stewart.


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