Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has congratulated TAFE NSW on its successful expansion into higher education - with enrolments now passing 1,000.


“This is a great effort by TAFE and confirms the respect students and the broader community have for the nation’s largest training organisation,” Mr Piccoli said.


“TAFE NSW is more than 120 years old and while it continues to prepare the next generation of apprentices, it has evolved into a dynamic tertiary institution which has a profound effect on the lives of hundreds of thousands of people every year.


“TAFE offered its first degree courses in 2011 and had 23 enrolments. This year it has enrolled its 1,000th higher education student and the future looks very promising.”


Mr Piccoli said it was particularly pleasing to see TAFE capitalise on its strengths as it moves into a promising future.


“TAFE NSW, through the Sydney Institute, has a rich history in training fashion designers with Alex Perry<http://www.alexperry. com.au/>, Akira Isogawa and Nicky Zimmerman<http:// www.zimmermannwear. com/> among its many graduates,” Mr Piccoli said.


“This year it has launched a new fashion degree which has been widely embraced by students. Applications have been very strong and more than 180 students have been offered a place to study in new facilities here at Ultimo.”


Job-focussed degree courses offered across TAFE NSW this year include Engineering, IT Network Security, Early Childhood Education and Care, Financial Planning, 3D Art and Animation, Interior Design and Accounting. TAFE NSW is providing higher education opportunities for people throughout NSW - and for students from as far afield as China and India, Mr Piccoli said.


Ahmad Taufik, who has enrolled in the new Bachelor of Fashion Design at Sydney TAFE, hopes the degree will provide him with the opportunity to work at an international level in the fashion industry and fulfil his aspiration to run a successful menswear label.


“This degree will build on my strengths, and even though it will be challenging, based on my previous experience with TAFE NSW it will be fun,” said Mr Taufik, the 1,000th student enrolling in a TAFE higher education course.


Complementing its strong links with industry, expert teachers and world-class facilities, TAFE NSW continues to provide relevant training to the communities it serves. This includes access to FEE-HELP loans for eligible students.


“Students can be confident that TAFE NSW will continue to give them the skills they need for the career they want. None of this happens by accident and TAFE NSW prides itself on its contribution to higher education in NSW,” Mr Piccoli said.


Information on TAFE NSW Higher Education programs is available at: www.highered.tafensw.edu. au<http://www.highered. tafensw.edu.au>


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