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Media Release: Alternate learning pathways continue at TNE

High school students in Tamworth and Gunnedah have welcomed the announcement that TAFE New England will continue to partner with Careers Network to provide alternative learning options for students.

The partnership, which is supported by the NSW Department of Education, aims to provide a learning pathway for at risk students, which will include mentoring and cultural awareness, to a Certificate II qualification.

TAFE New England Business Relationship Consultant, Nicole Flemming, said “TAFE New England is committed to supporting schools by providing alternative learning experiences for students who are not thriving in the traditional classroom setting”.

“The Links to Learning Program incorporates integrated practical work activities to foster learning and relevance to the employment environment. The program ensures that participating students’ aspirations are encouraged whilst achieving the necessary competencies relating to a Certificate II qualification,” Ms Flemming added.

The program also supports re-engagement into the school environment, progression to further TAFE New England delivered courses, access to school-based apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities and the HSC.

This year, 40 students from Tamworth High School, Oxley High School and Gunnedah High School accessed the program which is supported by 43 local government and non-government organisations.