Caine Quick, Jimmy Dussel and Ellis Peters work on an engine at the Gympie TAFE open day yesterday.
Caine Quick, Jimmy Dussel and Ellis Peters work on an engine at the Gympie TAFE open day yesterday. Craig Warhurst

TAFE open day pulls out all stops

STUDENTS and teachers were impressed yesterday at the Wide Bay Institute of TAFE (WBIT) Gympie campus Open Day.

A host of activities were held showcasing the unique opportunities a TAFE course offered, from learning how to handle a weapon in security courses, to studying motorbike mechanics.

WBIT business development officer Corrie McColl said there were many entertaining displays at the open day, which were an excellent way for people to take a closer look at some of the career paths they may have seen at the recent Gympie Region Careers Expo.

There were staff and teachers on hand during the day from 10am to 6pm hosting displays in community services, hair and beauty, auto repair, engineering, business, horticulture, construction, carpentry, information technology, and many others.

Mr McColl said the engineering, motorcycle and auto displays were really worth a visit, with a host of features seldom seen in a regional training centre.

Those interested in horticulture were able to bring down their own soil and have it tested by teachers.

“We had lots of local exhibitors coming along to make it a great community event including entertainment from the Australian Institute of Country Music.

“I think everyone was surprised at how good the facilities were and impressed with our helpful staff,” Mr McColl said.

WBIT offers a number of popular ways to study that include online, self paced and traditional classrooms environments, as well as a mixture of styles often referred to as ‘blended delivery’.

“We’re always looking for new ideas and partnerships and we’d like to see the TAFE campus become a hub for local activities,” he said.

“The institute has been consulting with employers and students around the state to provide the best quality service it can to its clients.

“The aim is to make training more flexible and refine the balance between innovation and traditional teaching methods.

“WBIT also delivers ‘recognition of prior learning’ (RPL) assessments to those already working in a variety of trades.”

If you’re looking for hands-on training that is nationally recognised, there’s still no better place to study than TAFE.

WBIT has four campuses: Gympie, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Maryborough, and a Security Training Centre in Brisbane.

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