Innovation is a tradition at TAFE SA

Working with our growing list of industry partners, we devise new courses, new facilities and new methods of delivery. This approach means TAFE SA is well placed to help your organisation meet its challenges, now and in the future.

Innovation and opportunity

Here are just a few examples of TAFE SA innovations. Other examples include the Onshore Petroleum Centre of Excellence (OPCE) and the Artisan Cheese Academy at Regency international Centre.

We’re always looking for fresh ideas and new industry partners to initiate inventive approaches to vocational training. Contact us to find out how TAFE SA training can drive innovation for your organisation.

Improving access to education

TAFE SA’s Improving Access to Education consultation identified training delivery as an area ripe for innovation. Our mobile classrooms allow us to deliver our programs more broadly, particularly in regional and remote areas of the state.

 Reducing the need for bricks and mortar classrooms, mobile classrooms enable us to reach more people and deliver training in places we never have before.

We are already delivering training in more than 200 off-site locations, such as community halls, sporting clubs, local government and workplace settings. Each mobile classroom caters for up to 10 students and is easy to transport, set up and pack down. Watch the video to see how easy it is for our lecturers to deliver training just about anywhere.

Two other key themes to emerge from the Improving Access to Education report were tailoring courses to local needs and nurturing connections with industry and local communities. Mobile classrooms contribute in both of these areas, allowing TAFE SA to develop a flexible and responsive presence in more of South Australia than ever before.

TAFE SA's NurseSim gains international attention

NurseSim launchTAFE SA's nursing team has officially launched its ground-breaking 3D nursing simulation training product NurseSim at the Port Adelaide Campus as part of the team's two-day nursing forum.

Chief Executive Robin Murt and Mat Balic, Managing Director of TAFE SA's software development partner ETRAIN, both spoke at the launch, with Mat providing a demonstration and discussing the next stages of NurseSim.

The training program is already gaining national and international attention. Nursing lecturer Sue Ganley is to join Mat on a tour across the country to promote NurseSim, and education manager Sue Hopkins was spruiking the product with CSHL Director Chris McCann in China recently. The team has also received an invitation to present at the International Clinical Skills Conference in Prato, Italy in 2017.

NurseSim uses 3D animation and voice interaction to provide a virtual world of clinical scenarios for nursing trainees to practice and master. Education manager Alison Sanders said it is designed to improve students' clinical skills faster and give them more confidence in the quality of their practice.

"TAFE SA nursing staff have put in hundreds of extra hours to develop NurseSim with ETRAIN because we believe this will be a huge step forward in nursing training," Alison said.

Mat said NurseSim was a world-first in 3D simulation software development because it is internet browser-based and not reliant on software installed on a computer.

"Students can log in on any device, anywhere, to do their training and they don't need to have the latest virtual reality equipment or computers with expensive graphics cards to work it – they can access the program from a $300 tablet if that's what they have," he said.

Pictured are (standing L-R) TAFE SA nursing lecturer Sue Ganley, ETRAIN Managing Director Mat Balic and TAFE SA Chief Executive Robin Murt with (seated L-R) TAFE SA nursing education manager Alison Sanders and first-year nursing student Emily Pham.

Mature Age Business Syndicate (MABS)

MABS is a pilot project under way on the Fleurieu Peninsula which works with mature age South Australians to address barriers that prevent them from entering, re-entering or engaging with the jobs market. It recognises the value of older South Australians, their knowledge and ability to contribute to the labour force, the economy and the community. MABS will work with mature age people to support small business start-ups or to help grow an existing business.

MABS supports healthy ageing strategies

This approach encourages particiants to stay involved with the world of work and benefit from participation in the community. In turn, the community benefits from their experience and expertise, as well as the employment growth generated by their activities. In collaboration with local and state governments, business associations, community groups, businesses and individuals, MABS will provide and facilitate business training and mentoring to mature age people in the region. TAFE SA is well placed to deliver training and help build cross-government collaboration to gain access to other government business development resources and support. If you’re an older person in the Fleurieu region thinking about starting your own business, contact the Victor Harbor campus on 08 8552 0222.