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TasTAFE welcomes Chinese teachers

NINE teachers from China recently gained a special insight into TasTAFE’s vocational education and training (VET) pathway during a two-week visit to Tasmania.

The teachers from the Wuxi Institute of Commerce were welcomed to the state by Vanessa Goodwin MLC at a morning tea at TasTAFE’s Clarence campus, where they stayed during their visit.

TasTAFE acting chief executive officer Gail Eaton-Briggs said the guests worked closely with TasTAFE staff to undertake skill set units from the Certificate IV Training and Assessment qualification.

“The teachers are all highly qualified in their specialist fields of teaching, including electronics and communication engineering, accounting, tourism management and art design,” she said.

“They visited TasTAFE to learn more about teaching within the context of the Australian VET, attended workshops and worked with TasTAFE teachers to observe, teach and assess students.

“They also taught sessions and provided presentations to TasTAFE teachers.”

The teachers from the Wuxi Institute of Commerce also received the opportunity to see TasTAFE teachers in action across a number of diverse areas including international travel, textiles, engineering, accounting and vocational preparation, and English language services.

Ms Eaton-Briggs said TasTAFE’s real strength was its “real life learning” and its dedicated and talented teachers who were “great role models.”

“The visit was a mutually beneficial one, providing an opportunity to build relationships, as well as give TasTAFE staff and students the experience of a different teaching style and culture,” she said.

“It’s an exciting first step in building a long-standing relationship between Wuxi Institute of Commerce and TasTAFE.”