It’s never too late to study at TAFE SA, as mature age student Mr Bob Suchenko can attest.
Mr Suchenko arrived at TAFE SA’s Berri Campus with limited schooling, but with a willingness to have a go, and enrolled in the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Program (LLNP).
“I left school during Year 9 and had always struggled with maths and spelling. The LLNP course helped me to gain the skills which I didn’t learn at school. My spelling has improved 100 per cent”, said Bob.
During the course the class took part in a cocktail making session run by TAFE SA Hospitality lecturer Wendy Hunyadi, who noticed that Mr Suchenko had a flair for mixing drinks and engaging with other people. “Bob did so well in the cocktail making session that I suggested he should enroll in the Certificate II in Hospitality, which he did”, said Wendy.
“He arrived first to class every day. His work was always completed on time and his spelling and writing were excellent. Bob blossomed throughout the course as his confidence and abilities improved. He was a pleasure to have in the class and he worked really well with his classmates,” said Wendy.
Throughout the course Bob really enjoyed the camaraderie of his classmates and he demonstrated his team skills working at both the Chefs of the Murray event and during the opening of the TAFE SA Berri Campus Training Restaurant. “I really enjoyed those experiences and being able to put into practice all the hospitality skills I have learnt during my course, including how to pour a beer correctly, table service, workplace safety and bar skills. I like working in a team and being able to help others”, said Bob.
Mr Suchenko has gained employment at the Renmark Hotel as a casual groundskeeper/bar attendant and is looking forward to the busy Christmas and New Year period.
Mr Suchenko is adamant that completing the LLNP class is the key to his success. “Early in the semester we had to complete a Literacy and Maths Skills Test and I achieved high scores because I was able to understand the questions. I also gained the confidence to apply for the hospitality course and now I am looking at a bright future. I would definitely recommend both of these courses”, said Bob.