TAFE SA news

New online sustainability course on offer

Nov 03, 2011

Wind Farm

TAFE SA is offering training to business and government in sustainability and its application to the workplace, with a new Diploma of Sustainability.

In response to increasing demand from the state-wide business and government sectors, the diploma examines a range of issues organisations face in moving to implement sustainable practices in the workplace.

TAFE SA Managing Director Stephen Conway says specialised skills and abilities are needed to develop sustainable practices.

“The impact of economic activity on the environment requires businesses to have individuals skilled in the development and implementation of long term sustainable production and consumption processes.” Mr Conway said.

Developed by staff at the newly created unit for Environmental Compliance and Sustainability Studies at TAFE SA Adelaide South Institute, the course has received high praise from industry.

TAFE SA Educational Manager Ben Gibson said the major design feature of the online course has been the incorporation of learning activities that encourage student interaction on sustainability.

"The interaction covers a wide range of topics, concepts and issues and forms an essential part of the online learning experience.”

Online students are supported with direct access to lecturers and the provision of extensive learning resources.

Business Development Officer from Innovate SA, Joanne Galley is a strong advocate for TAFE SA’s Diploma of Sustainability.

“My role is to assist companies to achieve sustainable business growth and to do this I need a greater understanding of what sustainability means not just in an environmental context but socially and economically as well.” Ms Galley said.   

“As I work full time the online course gives me the flexibility to study at my own pace whenever and wherever I happen to feel inspired. Course notes can be viewed on line and assignments downloaded without the need to print anything. I am able to receive and share information with the lecturer and other students, participate in debates and receive my assessments as soon as they are marked”.

TAFE SA Sustainability Lecturer Tony Inness has extensive experience in sustainability and assisting organisations to become carbon neutral. With qualifications in economics, accounting and sustainability, Tony was one of only a few Australians chosen to participate in sustainability training under former US Vice President Al Gore in 2006.

To enrol in the online Diploma of Sustainability contact TAFE SA Environmental Compliance and Sustainability Studies on 8207 8464 or sustainability@tafesa.edu.au 

TAFE SA Course enrolments for 2011 close 29 October; late applications can be made but incur a fee. Visit www.tafesa.edu.au or call 1800 882 661.