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FEATURED SWSi PHOTOS: Carpentry (Chullora), Architectual Technologies (Granville), Pilot Simulator (Padstow), Automotive (Wetherill Park.

CREATING futures

INSTITUTE Director’s Message

I am proud to present the TAFE NSW – South Western Sydney Institute (SWSi) 2012 Community and Industry Report. 2012 was a year which highlighted our strength as an education and training provider. Throughout 2012, we helped many students realise and achieve their career aspirations. SWSi embraced, with enthusiasm, new ways of interacting with industry, initiated new programs and partnerships and built on our Change Management Framework to prepare for the Smart and Skilled reforms.

This report provides an overview of our achievements during 2012 and highlights the outstanding outcomes achieved by staff and students across the Institute. During 2012 a small sample of our successes included:

Throughout the year, we have worked towards achieving the best possible results for a sustainable future, and have remained dedicated to achieving positive outcomes and adding value for students, industry partners and our community.

• n  ew partnerships with the NSW Police Force, Department of Family & Community Services, Housing NSW, Homecare Australia, Sydney Water and Endeavour Energy

I would like to thank all SWSi staff, our students and our industry and community partners for their contribution to a very productive and successful year.

• t he first cohort of students in the University of Ballarat Bachelor of Applied Management at our Liverpool College

SWSi Institute Director, Peter Roberts.

• r ecognition of our sustainability through the Silver award in the Sustainability category of the TAFE NSW Innovation & Excellence Showcase.


A leader in education in the south western Sydney region sage

SWSi provides quality education and training to one the fastest growing and most dynamic regions in Australia. As the largest educational and training provider within the region, SWSi plays an integral part in the education, growth and success of students and members of the workforce across south western Sydney, nationally and internationally. SWSi has built a reputation for responding effectively to the needs of industry through innovative partnerships and quality education and training. SWSi delivers training to more than 58,000 students each year. The Institute provides a comprehensive range of education and training services – from educational access courses to university degree pathways and industry specific programs. SWSi has a strong relationship with the local community and works with industry partners to ensure students gain industry relevant qualifications and are work-ready.


SWSi reaches beyond regional boundaries to engage individuals, communities and businesses across NSW, Australia and the world. The Institute ensures that the needs of our diverse client base are met through a flexible range of delivery options. SWSi embraces emerging technologies to deliver effective education and training in innovative learning environments, including online, purpose-built facilities, simulated or real workplaces and community settings.

Enrolling for the future

Student diversity

In 2012 SWSi had 58,979 students enrolled.

In 2012 SWSi delivered training to a diverse group that reflects the multi-cultural footprint of south western Sydney.

Certificate III and above accounted for


more than 49% of enrolments

Over 53% of students come from a non-English speaking background Higher education enrolments increased by


International students made up

47% Over 47% of students are female

over 3% of enrolments

Course completions increased by more

than 4% across Certificate III and above

10% Over 10% of students have a disability

2% Over 2% of students come from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background

Source: Institute Overview 2009 - 2012, taken from the Institute Performance Report 2012



In 2012, more than 30% of students attending SWSi were working full time while 10% of our students were university graduates looking to improve their skills.

92% 92% of graduates were satisfied with the quality of the training.

64% 64% of our graduates gained employment while 37% enrolled in further study after training.

81% I was fortunate to have dedicated teachers and their guidance set me on the correct path to achieving my goals.

81% of our students achieved their main study objective.

Kogulan Baskaran, State Medal Winner, Diploma of Information Technology (Software Development)

Source: TAFE NSW - South Western Sydney Institute student profile (2010-2012)


Source: The Student Outcomes 2012 Australian Vocational Education and Training statistics - NCVER


In 2012, 7,765 apprentices enrolled at SWSi across 67 qualifications.

29% Building and construction trades

22% Automotive trades

SWSi provided training for more apprentices than any other Registered Training Organisation in the Sydney Metropolitan area.

20% All other trades/ industries

18% Utilities and Electrotechnology trades

11% Manufacturing Engineering trades

Apprenticeship areas

Source: TAFE Statistics Unit, Prepared by Business Planning and Performance Unit.



SWSi delivers training and education at nine college locations. Each college is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. The Institute also delivers off-shore training in partnership arrangements with local public and private educational institutions and businesses.

Campbelltown College provides vocational education and training to more than 7,500 students in over 9,000 course enrolments. The college offers students digital media training, an exhibition gallery and state-of-the-art vehicle painting and repair facilities. The college also offers courses in childcare and hospitality, and has a popular operational training restaurant that is open to the public. Bankstown College has been providing vocational education and training for over 50 years. It is a major trainer for the banking and financial services industry and has simulated workplace environments to teach business and administrative skills.

Lidcombe College is home to the state centres for training in telecommunications, furniture design, plastering, glass and glazing, polymer processing and the furnishing trades.

The college also includes hairdressing and beauty training salons which are open to the public and has a child care centre where students take part in practical child care training. Bankstown College also offers courses in animal care, travel and tourism. Granville College is SWSi’s largest college with over 14,000 course enrolments. The college offers education and training in aged care, community welfare, architecture, automotive, business, butchery, beauty therapy and hairdressing, interpreting, refrigeration and electronics. Granville College is a major provider of training for many trade industries including automotive, painting and decorating, plastics and polymers.


The college is also one the Institute’s largest providers of engineering and manufacturing qualifications, such as refrigeration and welding.

The college is well known for its furniture design, interior design and decoration training facilities and awardwinning design students. It also hosts the Photonics and New Technologies Training Centre, in partnership with the Biometrics and Photonics Institute and is a Cisco Systems Australia Regional Academy. Lidcombe College also hosts a Cisco Instructor Training centre and a VMware Academy.


Padstow College is home to the state centre of excellence for Aero Skills Training. The Padstow College Aeroskills Centre is one of Australia’s largest non-military aircraft maintenance engineer training centres and is equipped with one of only a few helicopter simulators in Australia.

Miller College is the only SWSi college to offer training in Auslan, asset maintenance and music industry skills. The college also hosts the State Centre of Excellence in Stonemasonry, and offers the only TAFE stonemasonry courses available in NSW and the ACT.

Wetherill Park College also has a popular operational training restaurant that is open to the public. The college offers courses in accounting, banking and bookkeeping, management, automotive, community services, nursing, health and aged care, digital media, information and communications technology.

The college is also a metropolitan Centre of Excellence for horticulture, encompassing arboriculture, bush regeneration, conservation land management, floristry, landscaping, parks and nursery courses.

Macquarie Fields College is home to specialist sports and recreation training facilities and a massage training centre that is open to the public.

Padstow College includes a floristry shop which is open to the public, and boasts outstanding facilities for tourism and hospitality, including an operational training restaurant.

In addition to the traditional trade areas of carpentry, plumbing, engineering and electrical, the college delivers courses in business administration, legal studies, retail, child studies, literacy and numeracy, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), information technology, vocational access and outreach.

Liverpool College is home to the Education and Training Centre (ETC) delivering courses to domestic (in Vocational and Higher Education) and international students and provides education, training and consultancy to industry. The ETC also provides English Language Training for overseas students through the TAFE International Education Centre (TIEC).

Wetherill Park College is recognised for its facilities and delivery in training related to the vehicle and transport industries. The college is the state centre for training in heavy automotive trades, and is NSW’s largest provider of training in the repair and service of heavy vehicles.

The College also has on-site hairdressing and beauty training salons open to the public. Courses offered at Liverpool College include accounting; business administration; marketing and management; applied sciences; communication skills; English for work and study; literacy and numeracy; hairdressing and beauty; HSC studies and tertiary preparation; information and communications technology; language and interpreting; and legal services.

Courses offered at Macquarie Fields include fashion design, aged care, beauty, building and construction (tiling, painting and decorating), business administration, information technology, networking, community services and health, as well as English for work and study. The college also includes the Macarthur Building Industry Skills Centre (MBISC), a specialist centre providing trade training to the building industry. The skills centre specialises in construction, allied building trades and high risk licensing programs. MBISC students complete an integrated learning program in which several trades work together to complete building projects.


A Sustainable SWSi

Environmental sustainability is identified as a key focus area in the SWSi Strategy 2015. Sustainability achievements included:

Skills for Sustainability

• installation of energy efficient lighting at colleges

• introduction of online monitoring of water and electricity usage to detect water leakage and increase power savings.

Almost 500 staff completed a nationally accredited unit in environmental sustainability, providing them with knowledge and skills in sustainable work practices. SWSi teachers undertook study in areas such as carbon management and education for sustainability.

Award for Sustainability

Training Partnerships focused on Sustainability

In 2012, SWSi received a Silver award in the Sustainability category of the TAFE NSW Innovation & Excellence Showcase for the project ‘SWSi Strategy 2015 – Towards Sustainability’. The award recognised the institute’s commitment to continuous improvement in environmental sustainability.

SWSi delivered Certificate IV in Sustainable Operations training to Australian Turf Club staff in Sydney. These participants completed work-based study into sustainable business operations in the horse racing industry. The Australian Turf Club employees graduated with practical knowledge and experience in energy, water and waste savings.

• a 7% decrease in electricity waste

Leon Drury, Executive Officer MSA NSW ITAB, Darren O’Connell SWSi Leader, Environmental Sustainability, Joanne Schofield, TAFE NSW Commission Board.

Environmental Measures % Change, 2011 - 2012 Electricity (kWh ‘000) ............................ -5.7% Green Power (kWh ‘000) ............................. -5.6% Gas (MJ ‘000) .............................................-13.2% Water (KL ‘000) .................................................0%



SWSi’s Response to Change

SWSi continued to build capacity across the institute through the SWSi Change Management Framework. To prepare for change, SWSi endorsed the Change

Pivotal to the success of change management

The Change Management Framework is based

Management Framework in November 2011 and

across the institute has been the development of

on strong communication and collaboration and

appointed an Institute Change Manager to drive

the following collaborative networks:

builds change capability to respond to ongoing

Framework is based on the industry standard Prosci Change Management and the ADKAR (Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, Ability and Reinforcement) model. The Change Management Framework engages staff in the change process through the development of collaborative networks, enhanced communications pathways and enabling feedback loops.

The Change Sponsor Network responsible for formulating change management strategies

change within SWSi and across the education industry.

and providing advice on the implementation of Institute wide change initiatives, impacts and risks. The Change Leader Network which includes


and support change. The Change Management


SWSi Change Sponsor Network

100 SWSi staff members from across the organisation to lead and support change at an operational level within their circle of influence.



Change Leader Network


community and partnerships

As part of our local community, we work with those around us to grow community prosperity through initiatives that promote the value of education and training, and also encourage better life choices.

U-Turns for Youth program

Students build housing

Skills for Community Services

Two local families are now living in brand new homes thanks to the work of SWSi’s pre-apprenticeship carpentry classes.

SWSi signed a three year Memorandum of Understanding with Baptist Community Services (BCS) NSW and ACT. This partnership aims to achieve quality outcomes in the delivery of training to BCS workers. Training will be delivered onsite at BCS’ Castle Hill premises.

The carpentry pre-apprenticeship students, many of whom had no previous building experience, completed the building projects for Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) NSW. The students were directly involved in the construction of two four bedroom, brick veneer houses in Panania and Heckenberg. The homes were handed over to LAHC NSW at official presentations in August and December, 2012.

The U-Turns for Youth program is a collaborative approach by Bankstown - Canterbury City Council, and government agencies, including TAFE NSW and community groups to reduce motor related vehicle crime in the local area.

Jobs for Department of Housing NSW tenants SWSi delivered a customised training program to disadvantaged residents from the Macarthur region. The program focused on preparing Department of Housing NSW tenants for work opportunities with Homecare Australia and resulted in 30 residents finding employment.

Featured: Lidcombe College students working on the LAHC NSW house project. 10

Refugees get a taste of TAFE

Customising training for FACS


82 young refugees from the Bankstown-Canterbury region attended a “Taste of TAFE” program. This allowed students from Bankstown’s Intensive English Centre (IEC) to participate in three vocational taster courses over three months.

SWSi partnered with the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) to deliver a range of targeted and customised training including:

Getting a degree with SWSi and the University of Ballarat

• Diploma of Management for Indigenous staff. • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Training for diversity In consultation with Auburn Diversity Services and Auburn Community Development Network SWSi delivered a Certificate II to students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Training with the NRC SWSi in partnership with the North Leagues Club developed a workforce planning and development program for staff at Cammeray and on the Gold Coast. SWSi will train around 80% of North Leagues Club staff at these locations.

• C  ertificate IV in Training and Assessment following recognition of prior learning (RPL). • Certificate IV in Frontline Management In addition SWSi and FACS partnered with the Northern Sydney Institute (part of TAFE NSW) to offer a dual Certificate IV program in Social Housing and Mental Health to 14 state-wide non-government organisations.

The first cohort of 20 students commenced the University of Ballarat Bachelor of Applied Management offered at SWSi’s Liverpool College. Get fit with a combined degree and diploma SWSi and the Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) extended their agreement to deliver a program which combines the Diploma in Fitness with the ACPE degree. The combination ensures that students graduate from the degree with the VET qualification they need to go straight into the fitness workforce.


Our work with Industry

Our partnerships with industry ensure that training is relevant and appropriate to their needs.

Sydney Water

NSW Police Force

SWSi and Sydney Water worked closely to identify and address their workforce training requirements. Key areas included the Certificate II, III, IV & Diploma of Water Operations, training for entry level programs and delivery of compliance related training courses.

SWSi partnered with the NSW Police Force to deliver customised training across the state including:

SWSi delivered eight workforce development projects for Sydney Water, with more than 100 staff members participating in training.

• Specialist training for Indigenous staff including the Certificate IV in Frontline Management, the Diploma of Management, and face-to-face Mentoring in the Workplace workshops.

• The Certificate IV in Frontline Management, • The Diploma of Project Management and the Advanced Diploma in Project Management

Endeavour Energy In 2012 SWSi signed a contract with Endeavour Energy to deliver ICT and design, community, health and personal services, building and construction, manufacturing and transport courses to their employees. Driving students forward with Chrysler SWSi’s Manufacturing and Transport Faculty signed a partnership with Chrysler Australia Pty Ltd to deliver training to all Chrysler apprentices in NSW. The Chrysler Apprenticeship Program has grown out of the need for a reliable source of suitably qualified and motivated technicians nationally and further strengthens the successful relationship between Chrysler Australia and SWSi. World-First Training SWSi delivered world-first training on compliance of heavy vehicle speed limiters for the Roads and Maritime Services. 12

Seqwater This partnership involved SWSi developing, delivering and assessing the Diploma of Water Operations for Seqwater, South East Queensland’s bulk water supplier. Extending capability developed through a long-term partnership with local water supplier Sydney Water, SWSi staff used a combination of face-to-face workshops and online learning to meet the needs of this geographically decentralised employee group. The client reported that the introduction of online learning assisted in forming a ‘learning group’ which impacted on improved leadership capability. This collaboration provided the market with access to a higher level Water Operations qualification, closing a significant gap that has existed in the Water Operations sector for some time.

education initiatives

Innovation in education is central to SWSi’s vision for future as it ensures we provide relevant training to students, industry and the community. Enable 2012 Project

RUReady Online Literacy and Numeracy Program

Customised Training for Somali Women

SWSi’s Enable 2012 Project improved e-learning products and tools using Moodle, an e-learning management system. Overall the project strengthened the capability of teachers and developed innovative learning approaches for students.

In 2012 SWSi implemented a new computer based skills indicator program, RUReady. Based on the UK BKSB solution, RUReady systematically identifies literacy and numeracy levels to improve student course choice and address skills gaps.

This innovation involved the delivery of specifically designed bi-cultural training for socially isolated Somali women in collaboration with the Auburn Small Communities Organisation Network. SWSi provided a holistic approach to address the needs of the students; ensuring childcare, translation services, support and pastoral care services were available to facilitate access to skills training. The program provided a customised pathway from hands on soft furnishing skills to focus on affective skill development and empowerment, whilst emphasising and encouraging community involvement.

Automotive Goes Online SWSi’s automotive section responded to student’s language and literacy needs by developing a bank of online assessments for the Light Vehicle Mechanics trade course. These assessments provide graphical illustrations of vehicle technology to assist student learning and streamline and automate the process of delivering, marking and providing feedback on assessments In the first three terms of 2012, 493 students completed 907 online assessments through the site.

Since its introduction in mid-2012, 1798 SWSi students have completed initial assessments using the tool. A key feature of the tool is the efficiency and speed of recording and reporting of results back to students and teachers. The tool has the capacity to record a student’s progress and gains over time. RUReady is mapped to the Australian Core Skills Framework and provides individualised learning plans.

The effectiveness of this program is demonstrated by SWSi receiving a “Friends of Africa” award at the inaugural African-Australian awards in 2012 and has enabled the women who participated to more actively engage in the communities that they are a part of.


Indigenous education and achievements

SWSi works in partnership with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, Government Departments and Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organisations to identify training and capacity building strategies.

Jobs Together Program Twenty-two Aboriginal students from SWSi graduated from the Certificate II in Community Services as part of the National Disability Services (NDS) Aboriginal Jobs Together Program. During their eight week course, students participated in a variety of opportunities including a Social Justice Expo at Campbelltown College and work placements in a variety of community based organisations. Students were also able to interact with a number of potential employers attached to the NDS Aboriginal Jobs Together Program. NSW Police Force Training

Indigenous Recruitment and Employment Service In 2012 SWSi introduced the Indigenous Recruitment and Employment Service, aimed at assisting Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people develop job seeking skills and find employment. The service provides assistance with preparing resumes and job applications and accessing career and employment advice. It also provides information on wage subsidies and employee support funding, and links students to additional employment support services. In 2012 the Indigenous Recruitment and Employment Service placed 20 students in jobs with a 90% retention rate measured at 26 weeks in a position.

In 2012 SWSi designed, delivered and evaluated two programs for the NSW Police; the Certificate IV in Frontline Management, and the Diploma of Management. The SWSi Aboriginal Unit supported the program providing guidance, advice and funding to support travel for remote employees. Approximately 45 Aboriginal students from across NSW Police participated in this program as well as fifteen high-ranking staff members positioned in mentoring roles.

National Rugby League (NRL) Sponsors Development of Leaders The National Rugby League (NRL) sponsored the development and delivery of a program for Aboriginal leaders offered through SWSi. The program aimed to support engagement of Aboriginal youth in education and training. A Pathway to a Career in Defence Since 2009 SWSi and the Department of Defence have delivered the Indigenous Pre Recruitment Course (IPRC) to assist Indigenous men and women to develop the skills they need to join the defence force. In 2012 the program attracted Away From Base (AFB) funding, allowing interstate students to travel to and complete their study at SWSi. The main objective of AFB funding was to improve employment outcomes for the participating Indigenous students through facilitating their completion of a Certificate III in Employment and Training and thereby increasing their chances of placement with the Australian Defence Force.

It is really a collaborative partnership: it’s a group of people working together for a common cause. That’s what makes it so valuable. Col Watego, Warrant Officer Class 1, Australian Defence Force Senior Indigenous Recruitment Officer


PHOTOS: Indigenous Pre-Recruitment Course, Department of Defence


student achievements

In 2012, our students achieved outstanding success in a broad range of fields locally, nationally and internationally. Industry Awards and Scholarships

State Awards and Achievements

SWSi apprentice chef Andrew Murace received a 2012 Minister for Tourism’s Student Achiever Award. The prestigious award recognises high-achieving tourism and hospitality students.

TAFE NSW – State Medals represent the highest achievement across NSW and are presented to students across selected categories every year. Twelve outstanding SWSi students received a State Medal in 2012.

Andrew, who works at well-known Sydney restaurant ‘Est.’ completed his Certificate III in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) at SWSi and was nominated by his teachers for his outstanding contribution to his studies.

Top performing accounting student, Eesha De Silva was also named the recipient of an Industry State Award for the highest achieving Accounting student in NSW.

Cabinetmaking apprentice Ben Cooper was named the recipient of the 2012 Ern MacDonald Fellowship. The Ern MacDonald Fellowship helps launch the careers of talented young tradespeople and is supported by project partners, the MacDonald family, Dusseldorp Skills Forum and WorldSkills Australia. As part of his prize, Ben was awarded $10,000 to pursue activities to further develop his career. Ben was also recognised at the Australian Construction Achievement Awards in May 2012.


My TAFE course has helped me achieve my goals and provided me with a broader perspective of the trade I am entering. MATTHEW PAPANDREA, Certificate III in Meat Processing (Meat Retailing)


Advanced Diploma of Telecommunications Network

Emanuel Morson-Perry

Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology (Light Vehicle)

Jawid Karimi

Diploma of Tourism

Josefine Stefani

Diploma of Information Technology (Website Development)

Julie Halcrow

Certificate IV in Building & Construction (Building)

Kathy Jungeun Kim

Diploma of Disability

Kenne John Becker

Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining

Kogulan Baskaran

Diploma of Information Technology (Software Development)

Mathew Uildriks

Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology

Matthew Papandrea

Certificate III Meat Processing (Meat Retailing)

Mitchell Dowse

Diploma of Laboratory Technology

Scott Black

Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology

2012 Institute Achievement Awards

16 students were honoured at the 2012 annual Institute Achievement Awards. The awards showcase the highest standards of teaching and learning, as well as celebrating our relationships with our industry partners.

From TAFE I achieved skills and knowledge which gave me the confidence to seek

the career I want.

Award Category

Student Name


Apprentice of the Year

Eugenio Campisi

Certificate III in Meat Processing (Meat Retailing)

Trainee of the Year

Brittany Mamula

Certificate III in Business Administration

Vocational School Student of the Year

Kimberley Morris

Certificate II in Tourism

School-Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year

Olivia Tebb

Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy

Commercial Student of the Year

Kurt Meliska

Certificate IV in Disability

International Student of the Year

Shobha Laxmi Shrestha (Bassi)

Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing)

Institute Student Associations’ Student of the Year

Max Brown

Certificate II & III in Music

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Kirsty-Lee Chalker

Certificate III Financial Services

Building & Construction Award

Thomas Berger

Certificate III in Carpentry

Business & Finance Award

Joy Ford

Advanced Diploma of Accounting

Community, Health & Personal Services Award

Tracy Atkins

Diploma in Community Services and Diploma in Case Management

Electrotechnology, ICT & Design Award

Zjarie Butterworth

Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design & Technology

Employment Preparation & Social Inclusion Award

Peace Yanga

Certificate IV in English for Academic Purpose

Manufacturing & Transport Award

Nadia Saliba

Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing)

Tourism, Hospitality, Primary Industry & Arts Award

Katarina Marcok

Certificate IV in Floristry

Vocational Access Award

Peter D’Angelo

Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation Course

Nadia saliba, Institute Director’s Medal Winner, Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing)


National Awards and Achievements

Nine SWSi students were recognised

The Australian Vocational Student Prize recognises students who have demonstrated exceptional skills and commitment while completing a Vocational Education and Training in Schools program, or an Australian School-Based Apprenticeship.

among Australia’s top

The SWSi winners included:

vocational students

• Clinten Fernando - Automotive

in schools with a

• Selina Riva - Hospitality

Australian Vocational Student Prize.

• Michael Smith - Automotive • Jack Bennett - Information Technology • Aaron Arduin - Accounting • Duncan Kelleher - Metals & Engineering • Jason Hanna - Information Technology • Amy Veldman - Tourism • James Green - Metals & Engineering


SWSi students dominated the 2012 Sheetmetal Industry Association (SIA) Apprentice of the Year competition with three out of the five finalists named coming from the Institute. Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication Trade students Stephen Ainsworth, Chris Chitty and Jaye Hughes were named among the top five finalists.

National Worldskills SWSi students won 13 medals at the 2012 National Worldskills competition.

Gold Medal James Ripa

Heavy Vehicle Mechanics

Matthew Papandrea

Meat Retailing

In 2012 SWSi teams took out the top three places in the Cisco Systems Australia Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) NetRiders Competition.

Brett Cahill


Patrick Markovic


After winning the national Cisco Certified Network Association (CCNA) Netriders competition, against other TAFEs and universities from across Australia and New Zealand, trainee Elise Marrot and apprentice Rajeev Khettry represented Australia against 17 other countries in challenges that tested their skills and knowledge of practical and theoretical networking.

David Corrigan


Mitchell Barron


SWSi Telecommunications students have now won the Cisco Systems Australia Networking Academy NetRiders competition award three years running.

Zjarie Butterworth

Garment Production

Ben Hackett

Paint and Decorating

Samuel Poli

Wall & Floor Tiling

Nathan Cardwell


Blake Duke

Vehicle Painting

Anthony Bazouni

VETiS Automotive

Silver Medal Nikolas Skibola


Bronze Medal

Pictured above (from top): James Ripa, Matthew Papandrea, Brett Cahill 19

Staff Excellence and Achievements

Investing in our future

Australian Beauty Industry Awards

300 key staff undertook professional development in the areas of education, management and leadership to help prepare them for the new operating environment.

SWSi hairdressing and beauty teacher Joanne Papoythis was named the Australian Nail Professional of the Year at the inaugural Australian Beauty Industry Awards held in Sydney.

Training programs included:

Winners from all over Australia were honoured at the awards night for excellence in their field, across all aspects of spa and beauty services.

• Leadership programs focused on developing leaders for the future, such as a Masters in Education Leadership through the University of Wollongong, and a Leadership Master class offered to over 200 Head Teachers. • Development of a Head Teacher network to offer mentoring, coaching, and performance management • Sales focused training aimed at ensuring that we can engage with our customers.

Service to Public Education and Training Damien Prentice, a longstanding SWSi staff member, was awarded the prestigious Director General’s Award for Excellent Service to Public Education and Training for his outstanding contributions within TAFE NSW. Damien was one of 45 individuals to receive recognition for improving the teaching and learning environment and student learning outcomes at their school, Institute, regional or state office.


SWSi staff are the face of our organisation and are the key interface with our students.

2012 Education Minister’s Quality Teaching Award SWSi’s Shop fitting teacher Glenn Martin was among forty-four exemplary school and TAFE educators from around NSW recognised for their contributions to quality education with a 2012 Minister’s Quality Teaching Award. Glenn was selected for driving the implementation of e-learning into the Shopfitting Trade program at Lidcombe College. Glenn developed online Moodle resources that increase student engagement and encouraged other teachers to upgrade their teaching content and methodologies.

Award Winner Glenn Martin and SWSi Institute Director Peter Roberts.

International Women’s Day SWSi Outreach Coordinator, Hillie Higson was nominated as an “Inspiring Woman” as part of a Campbelltown Council event to acknowledge and thank the area’s women for their contributions to the community on International Women’s Day, 2012.

Damien Prentice, Director, Learning Environment

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