Arsella Weatherall with teacher Kristie Hedley at Kingscliff Campus.
Arsella Weatherall with teacher Kristie Hedley at Kingscliff Campus.

Migrants learn the essentials

DUE to its reliance on tourism and friendly culture the Tweed Shire is known to be welcoming to migrants.

But, Kingscliff TAFE's Skillmax course is there to ensure new residents have the necessary skills to deal with problems or hurdles that may crop up.

The course covers English language support, employment opportunity strategies, job interview preparation, career management skills and awareness of workplace culture and trends development.

Arsella Weatherall moved here from the Philippines in 2009 and completed Skillmax, after finishing an English Certificate Three in 2010.

Mrs Weatherall said as part of the course she was also able to undertake 30 hours of work experience and develop a career portfolio including a resume and cover letters.

"Skillmax gave me the confidence to get back into the work force and also gave me the ambition and skills to tackle further study to realise my ultimate goals," she said.

She is now studying a Certificate Three in business administration and plans to undertake a Certificate Four in occupational health and safety.

Her aim is to work in construction industry administration with her husband.

Study at Kingscliff TAFE has earned the adopted Australian a great number of friends and she continues to enjoy the student life.

"I have met many people at TAFE and made a lot of good friends.

"The teachers have also helped me with not just English, but understanding Australian customs and culture," Mrs Weatherall said.

Skillmax is for skilled migrants seeking employment in their chosen profession.

It is a fast track course to prepare qualified professionals to enter the Australian workforce and is funded by the NSW Government and is free for eligible participants.

The course starts at Kingscliff on April 26 until June 29 every Thursday and Friday from 9am-3pm.

Phone Therese Murphy on 02 6674 7256 for more information.



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