NewsMonday 07 Jul 2014

International students overcome challenges to succeed

Six students who have been attending English Language classes at Taree TAFE (from Thailand, Ukraine, Taiwan and China) on the Adult Migrant English Program, have reached a point in their language skills where they felt confident to widen their horizons in the community and look for employment.

“There has been an enthusiastic buzz in the English classes and lots of chatter about the course since they embarked on the journey. I’m very proud to be part of this project with them. I think employers will snap them up and be very impressed!” Janette Miller English teacher said.

Whilst completing a Settlement Language Pathways to Employment and Training (SLPET) Course as part of their AMEP at Taree TAFE, a common interest in working in the hospitality industry was highlighted.  

They have just completed the course. Usually two days per week between Great Lakes and Taree TAFEs.  Most of the theory parts of the course were taught at Taree TAFE, as this was convenient for the students, and the barista course was held at Great Lakes TAFE’s fully-equipped ‘Coffee Lab’. The Hospitality teachers were very flexible when it came to making attendance easier. Great Lakes TAFE provided Learner Support for the students.

The students continued English Language classes alongside their additional studies. 

All of the students passed their Certificate II in Hospitality with flying colours, and Ken and his fellow teaching staff were amazed at their enthusiasm, initiative, work ethic, team spirit to help each other understand the course content, their punctuality, and the first-class quality of their newly-found skills. The students themselves have grown in confidence and feel they can more confidently approach work places with their new knowledge and skills, work experience and TAFE certificate under their belts. 

“I am incredibly fortunate to be given the chance to learn such informative subjects which have also increased my self-confidence in a new country” (Rosarin ‘Lek’ Poole)

The students have shown great interest in studying Certificate III in Hospitality and are currently completing their work experience placements.  

Taree and Great Lakes TAFEs deliver English Language classes for migrants through the Adult Migrant English Program and English Language classes continually throughout the year. Migrants may be entitled to 510 hours’ free English Language tuition and free document translation.

Please contact Janette Miller on 0422 005 508 (6591 3711 Taree TAFE and 6555 3600 Great Lakes TAFE) if you would like more information and to check eligibility. Ken Oldfield can be contacted at Great Lakes Tafe on 6555 0609 for hospitality courses

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