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A team of enthusiastic and hardworking event management students from TAFE NSW rolled up their sleeves on ANZAC Day to help ensure the success of one of the city’s most important events of the year.


In a partnership with Newcastle CityCouncil that has spanned five years, TAFE NSW event management teachers and students volunteer their time and expertise to support the delivery of the annual ANZAC program events which ran from Saturday 22 to Tuesday 25 April. The largest event is the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Nobby’s Beach which attracts upward of 40,000 people.


As part of their studies at TAFE NSW Hamilton, 35 students volunteered to assist Newcastle City Council to deliver its annual commemorative ANZAC events. The volunteers included 20 students studying the Diploma of Event Management, 10 studying the Certificate II inEvents and five TAFE NSW event management alumni who returned to help out again in 2017.


Newcastle City Council Events Liaison and Licensing Officer, Drew Ferguson-Tait said the partnership provides young people with major events experience whilst completing their studies at TAFE NSW.


“We are passionate about giving young people opportunities that with help empower and enrich their professional lives. By working with our local TAFE, The City of Newcastle is able to provide students with an important learning opportunity that exposes them to large commemorative events and all of the elements that come with it. From bump-in and bump out to policing, operations and official protocols, there is a lot for them to gain,” said Mr Ferguson-Tait.


“The City of Newcastle is a proud supporter of vocational training and education and this program provides great value for the both Council and the wider Newcastle community who come to celebrate and commemorate ANZAC.”


For the TAFE NSW volunteers, work on ANZAC Day began at 2:30 am making final preparations for the Dawn Service. On the day students are involved in a range of roles including providing assistance to the Mayor and other official dignitaries, operating the communications and radio tent, wreath management, staging, media and assisting patrons.


TAFE NSW Head Teacher of Travel, Tourism and Event Management, Felicity Fragar has guided the events management students through their course as they prepared for the event and said it tingrviceNSW nm bump-in and bump out to policing, operations and official protocoals, there is a lot for them to gain,"is a key part of providing students with hands-on project experience.


“As a teacher who also still works in the industry I know how vital opportunities like ANZAC celebrations are for our students in getting their first start in the industry. We are fortunate to work in partnership with Newcastle City Council to help deliver local ANZAC celebrations and the Dawn Service is one of the events our students look forward to each year,” said Ms Fragar.


A formal recognition ceremony will be held in the following weeks to recognise the efforts of student volunteers, police, emergency services and other officials involved in delivering the ANZAC celebrations. The Mayor of Newcastle City Council, Nuatali Nelmes will present volunteers with a framed certificate of commendation, which student can also use in their resumes.

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