Whitlam Leisure Centre has joined forces with TAFE NSW to provide essential skills training to the Liverpool community. The partnership aims to uplift Liverpool residents by offering government-funded courses in Aqua Aerobics and Barista Espresso, preparing them for opportunities in leisure and hospitality.
Funded by the NSW Government, the courses are designed to empower the local community and job seekers, aligning their skills with the demands of Liverpool leisure venues. TAFE NSW delivered theory classes and practical sessions at the Whitlam Leisure Centre. This provided students with a unique and hands-on learning experience.
The collaboration initially opened its doors to 45 students across two courses, with an overwhelming response as 42 candidates eagerly registered to participate.
The first Aqua Aerobics course concluded successfully on October 27th. Ammany, a student who participated in the Aqua Aerobics course at Whitlam Leisure Centre said, “Being a part of this TAFE NSW program at Whitlam has been an incredible experience. Learning both the theory and practical aspects of Aqua Aerobics in such a supportive environment has not only expanded my skill set but has also opened doors to employment.”
The Barista course concluded on November 14th, offering students the chance to delve into the art of coffee making.
Liz Stranix Whitlam Venue Manager said, “We’re excited about this successful partnership with TAFE Liverpool. While connecting our communities to health and wellbeing is our forte, this partnership is a great new way to engage with and support our local community and job seekers. We aim to not only upskill locals but also bridge the gap between education and employment.
“A big thank you to Rebecca Tongia, Cultural & Linguistic Diversity Coordinator from TAFE NSW Liverpool, for her support and our team Tahnee Hart, Assistant Venue Manager, Kylie Reid Health Club Coordinator and Ernest Kulauzovic Community Engagement Coordinator, for bringing this partnership to life in our venue,” Liz concluded.