TAFE SA’s interim chief executive Alexandra Reid on Thursday, April 12 visited Kangaroo Island to meet with KICE students, as well as industry and community stakeholders.
Her aim was to reinforce TAFE SA’s commitment to training in the region and outline the action taken following the recent Australian Skills Quality Authority audit process.
The Year 10 hospitality students and their relief teacher Bronwyn Davey at the Kingscote campus of Kangaroo Island Community Education were happy to show off the pizzas they had just made.
The hospitality students in Years 10, 11 and 12 work towards getting their associate degree in hospitality and TAFE SA steps in at the end of the course to provide some final instruction.
Among the students was Samantha Niemann who hopes to become a chef after finishing school and even get a job in one of the many fine-dining establishments on the Island.
“I would like to become a culinary chef,” Samantha said.
Ms Reid has had similar trips in recent weeks to the Riverland, Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Port Pirie, Nuriootpa, Kadina and Mount Gambier.
“With over 25,000 regional students, TAFE SA is committed to meeting the local training needs of students and industry,” Ms Reid said.
“I have been listening closely to our regional managers in recent weeks and I will be meeting with a range of stakeholders, from industry associations and employers through to local students.
“TAFE SA has faced some challenges in recent months, however we have been working tirelessly to address these concerns, and I am confident we are on the right track.
“ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority) recently advised that no suspensions will be imposed by the industry regulator.
“We have also had two SA Government reviews, we are implementing a new quality framework and we are fixing the issues that were brought to our attention.
“I am passionate about supporting regional South Australia and I really want to provide our stakeholders on Kangaroo Island with an opportunity to ask questions and hear my answers so that they have confidence in TAFE SA.
“Our industry partners and the wider community, particularly in regional areas, are at the heart of what we do, so it’s important that we emphasize our commitment to addressing local skill requirements.
“We know we need to continue to deliver education and training that is shaped by the demands of local students, local businesses and industry.
“To date, communication with stakeholder groups has been positive and there has been strong support for the action TAFE SA has taken in recent weeks to ensure quality is at the forefront of all we do.”
Ms Reid will meet with local students along with industry and community stakeholders during the visit.