With his passion for learning ignited at TAFE, a chat with his teachers spurred Jason to take on another qualification – the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (SIT30816)
“I really like cooking. I finished the English course and immediately applied for commercial cookery. The teacher was very good and in one year, I completed it,” Jason said.
Currently running three food and beverage businesses specialising in Vietnamese food, bubble tea and ice cream, Jason said his latest course has enhanced his skills in the trade.
“Through the course I became more professional. My cooking became better than before,” he shared.
“Everything I learnt from TAFE has helped me become better and better.”
Bendigo TAFE Chief Executive Officer Sally Curtain said there is a growing trend in mature aged students enrolling at TAFE.
“COVID stimulated many incentives for people to upskill at TAFE, which spurred an increase in interest in our courses,” Sally said.
“Mature aged students are also likely to choose TAFE because of the flexible learning options on offer, combined with government initiatives, to upskill and increase employability outcomes. This is appealing to older students who need to balance their studies with other commitments like work and family.
“Our mature aged students also tell us that they find the environment of TAFE supportive and rewarding. Knowing that the support of TAFE is behind them if they ever need it, they feel more encouraged to keep going and ask for help.”
Jason, for one, still has a thirst for more. Despite achieving qualifications in English, he continues to attend classes at Bendigo TAFE to refine and improve his skills.
“TAFE has helped me feel good about learning and I want to learn every day,” he said.
Bendigo TAFE is celebrating Adult Learner Week from 1-8 September and National TAFE Day on 6 September. One-on-one consultations are available for individuals seeking support on their career and training options through Bendigo TAFE’s Skills and Jobs Centre. For more information about courses offered at Bendigo TAFE visit bendigotafe.edu.au.