Australia Awards Short Course participants are set to positioning themselves as change agents, in the technical and vocational education and training sector, in their home countries.
In the Australia Awards Short Course – Technical and Vocational Education and Training 2019, the Queensland University of Technology and TAFE Queensland have partnered to ensure a valuable and impactful learning experience for the participants.
The participants visited several sites including the TAFE Queensland’s Skills Tech campuses in Coomera and Toowoomba. The importance of inclusiveness and equal access to study and training opportunities was a key feature of these site visits.
Participant Osah Oghale, from Nigeria, found the experience touching and discussions about women in vocational education relevant. ‘There is nothing a woman wants to be that she cannot be’ she said. Aturebeca Mbilu, from Tanzania, said that the visit to the Skills Tech opened her mind to understand that ‘there is no work specifically for men or women’.
The visit to the Coomera Campus was valuable for Charles Omboto, from Kenya, who works with people with disabilities. He said, ‘the passion I have always had for people with disabilities was rekindled by Tom’s lecture. I was exposed to a concept that I can implement in my institution’. Tom Carpenter is a Gold Coast Disability Support Officer who delivered a lecture at Coomera Campus.
At the end of the site visits, the participants emphasised the importance of creating awareness about the disability services in their home countries and indicated their plans to introduce Disability Support Officers in their workplaces.