Port Lincoln TAFE adopts online course delivery

ONLINE: TAFE SA regional manager Dr Janene Piip and ICT technical analyst Brad Marschall at the Port Lincoln Student Hub. Photo: supplied
ONLINE: TAFE SA regional manager Dr Janene Piip and ICT technical analyst Brad Marschall at the Port Lincoln Student Hub. Photo: supplied

Port Lincoln TAFE students will be undertaking studies on an online format as TAFE SA will deliver more than 90 per cent of its courses online during term two.

TAFE SA is looking to continue delivery of education and training across the state while ensuring student and lecturer safety and minimising the impact of COVID-19.

TAFE SA Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula regional manager Dr Janene Piip said some courses such as aged care, education and support and some business and IT courses already had an online component and most others were now "digitally enabled".

"We want people to keep developing these skills so when we come out the other side they can get their qualification and obtain work, and have as little disruption as possible to employers and industries," she said.

She said that some courses, including hospitality and cooking, had a strong practical component but TAFE SA would prioritise the theoretical content and that work was happening on how to support the practical components for students.

Students who have issue with internet access at home are also encouraged to use computers in the Student Access Hub on campus which have social distancing measures in place.

"Students can socially distance and use the computers on campus," Dr Piip said.

"The centre is open from 8am to 5pm each day."

TAFE SA chief executive David Coltman said staff had been working "around the clock" to ensure training could be delivered from the start of the term.

"From when we extended our mid-semester break, our staff have been working around the clock to plan...to ensure our students can continue their education and training," he said.

"For some students this will be a big change and for others it will be much easier.

"We will be with our students every step of the way and support and assistance will be available to all students so that they can continue to receive their education and training throughout term two."

While there is no specified timeframe for the new modes of training delivery, TAFE SA will continue to follow advice from health authorities.