Flagstaff Group Celebrate TAFE Certificate II Graduation
The Flagstaff Group and TAFE NSW recognised and celebrated the achievements of 22 supported employees from Flagstaff’s Laundry receiving their Certificate II Health Support Services on the 12th December 2017.
A special ceremony with the graduates and their families, carers and friends was held at TAFE’s North Wollongong site. Also in attendance was Flagstaff’s CEO: Roy Rogers, TAFE Wollongong’s Development Manager: Mark Keech, President of Rotary Wollongong: Dot Hennessy and was hosted by The Flagstaff Group’s Sales and Marketing Manager: Karen Burdett.
Flagstaff Group is the Illawarra and Shoalhaven’s largest Australian Disability Enterprise employing over 280 people with a disability throughout their 7 major business divisions located in Wollongong and Nowra.
TAFE Illawarra is the leading provider of vocational education and training in the region, with 14 locations across South Eastern NSW, from Wollongong to the South Coast, Bega and the Southern Highlands. Lex Metcalfe, TAFE Illawarra’s Head Teacher of Manufacturing and Environmental Technology, presented his students with their well-earned awards. This year marks 5 years where Lex and TAFE have worked closely with Flagstaff’s employees/students to reduce significant barriers and assisted them with achieving their certificates by tailoring lessons to the student’s division and learning needs.
Through the vocational support and training, as well as Life Choices options, Flagstaff is able to support their vision of “unlocking the potential of people with a disability to reach their goals” while “providing life skills for people with a disability so that they enjoy independence, confidence, and opportunities to work and live the life they choose”. All graduates were Flagstaff Laundry employees who are able to apply their acquired skills and knowledge to their daily tasks, enhancing their vocational experience and development to expand their possibilities and opportunities.
Flagstaff CEO, Roy Rogers thanked TAFE NSW for their support and expressed his gratitude for their ongoing partnership as well as the dedication from the division management teams to provide vocational training and educational learning for Flagstaff employees. He also said that “the collaboration allows employees to access education which is delivered uniquely through the combination of practical work experience and theoretical work, with the support of a TAFE teacher to break down barriers and expand their opportunities. The graduation celebration truly embodies the benefits that can be achieved in working collaboratively to achieve positive outcomes for people with a disability throughout our community.”
President of Rotary Wollongong, Dot Hennessy, also presented the Pride of Workmanship Award to a selected student who went above and beyond their requirements, applied themselves to their vocational tasks and TAFE lessons, and recognise their well-deserved efforts.
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