Big Day Out at TAFESA

Last Tuesday all members were treated to a tour of TAFESA, in particular students from the MWASA ACE (Adult Community Education) classes. Thirty-one ladies attended and were tended to by 5 tutors and facilitators.

Peter Begg, Educational Manager of Foundation Skills/AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program), welcomed the group to the city campus. He also explained about the 510 hours free entitlement for new arrivals on humanitarian visa, as well as permanent and temporary visas. Eligibility needs to be checked by calling TAFESA, a counsellor can discuss options with you. If the 510 hours have been completed and functional English still has not been achieved, AMEP Extend is a subsequent program offering an additional 490 hours. 

Classes are scheduled for the morning, 9:15am-1:15pm, so that mums are able to attend during school hours. Free childcare is also offered on site.

Fariha Safdar, Lecturer for Foundation Skills/AMEP, then gave a talk about what to expect after enrolment. After the foundation courses have been completed, women are able to enrol in the mainstream CSWE (Certification of Speaking and Writing English) courses: Pre CSWE , and CSWE levels 1-3. After the hourly entitlement has been used, the subsequent hours are offered at a subsidized rate. Prior to enrolment, students are required to sit a test to assess skill level so that they can placed in the most appropriate level class. After CSWE, students can go onto any number of other courses including aged care and beauty – these courses are not subsidised.

A new program is in the planning stage after collaboration between TAFESA and MWASA ACE Project Manager Shaista Kalaniya. A pilot program has been proposed to be on offer in term 4, which will be less intensive than the full time courses. Course content will be along the lines of social English, with a focus on learning English through cooking, and also including things like how to see a doctor.

Three tutors from the team came to welcome our ladies and introduce themselves. 

Next week there will be a followup session with TAFESA assessors visiting the MWASA office to discuss individual pathways and eligibility criteria with students.

Feedback from the students is that they were grateful for the tour and now have higher ambitions and motivations built on what they have learned.

Thanks go to Bushra who catered the chicken pulao that everyone loved on the day. Bushra has been a caterer of choice for MWASA for some years simply for the fact that her food always tastes sensational.  

If you weren’t able to go on the tour, all of the details can be found on the TAFESA AMEP web page