TAFE SA campus up and running at Tonsley

Learn about the new Tonsley TAFE, where more than 800 students a day are heading to the $120 million campus after it opened in late January 2014.

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This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 45 - April 2014.

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More than 800 students a day are heading to the new $120 million Tonsley TAFE after the campus opened in late January.

Located within the Sustainable Industries Education Centre, Tonsley TAFE will provide almost 45,000 sq m of trade training infrastructure for the $4.5 billion South Australian building and construction industry.

It will host training for more than 6500 students a year in subjects including electrical and renewable energy, plumbing, drafting, painting, joinery and interior design.   

Three local residents were among the first to set foot on campus, including Jessica Allen from Hallett Cove who is studying for a Diploma in Building Design while helping with the book keeping for her husband’s carpentry business.

City Limits April 2014 - Tonsley TAFE“The technology on campus is amazing and lectures are recorded so you can view them online afterwards to make sure you fully understand everything,” Ms Allen, 30, said.

“The campus is only 15 minutes away for me, so it’s easy to get there, and it’s great being on site with lots of different students as you can learn so much chatting to people.”

Nineteen-year-old Jack Morphett works four days a week as an apprentice electrician and spends one day a week at TAFE.

“I’m studying Certificate 3 in Electrotechnology and am enjoying the theory in class with the interactive screens which keep everyone focused,” Mr Morphett from Edwardstown said.

“I can’t wait for the practical sessions to start as the facilities are set up so you feel like you are working in the ‘real world’.”

Laura Dodson from Glandore is a mature-age student who has started a part-time Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration.

“The screens in the classrooms are ideal for displaying a variety of images quickly, which is essential to understanding interior design, and the lecturers have industry experience,” Ms Dodson, 40, said.

“I’m looking for a career change from administration and the online learning resources give me plenty of flexibility to study when I’m not working.”

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