Hunter TAFE has been recognised as a finalist in the prestigious 2016 Australian Multicultural Marketing Awards (AMMA).
The Multicultural Education Unit at Hunter TAFE has been recognised for its commitment to multicultural communities in the Hunter and Central Coast regions through a range of programs targeted at improving the overall education and learning experience of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) people.
Multicultural programs delivered in the past year have included the delivery of CALD training to all Hunter TAFE staff to increase awareness and understanding of cultural diversity and enable staff to better inform their education and training strategies for an increasingly diverse student population.
These programs support the ongoing success of Hunter TAFE’s Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) which provides up to 510 hours of free English lessons and childcare to newly-arrived eligible migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants. The AMEP is an Australian Government initiative, delivered by Hunter TAFE.
It is not the first time Hunter TAFE has been recognised for its commitment to CALD communities, the institute also won the AMMA Education award in 2014.
Hunter TAFE Institute Director, Christine Warrington said the Multicultural Education Unit has been instrumental in improving educational outcomes for culturally and linguistically diverse communities across the Central Coast and Hunter regions.
“We have maintained and initiated programs for both staff and students to promote a friendly and inclusive learning environment that supports and empowers learners from a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds,” said Ms Warrington.
“We have seen an increase in CALD enrolments across the institute, improved completion rates, and enhanced pathways for CALD learners who have gone on to complete further study at both the TAFE and university level.”
“Ultimately, these programs have improved education outcomes and enabled people to realise their hopes and dreams, and assist them to integrate into the broader Australian community through economic and social participation,” she added.
The winners of the 2016 AMMA were announced at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday 6 December, with the University of Western Sydney taking our first place in the Education category.
The AMMA are coordinated by the Community Relations Commission for a Multicultural NSW and are designed to showcase the achievements of organisations within the sphere of multicultural marketing.