Social Inclusion

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A socially inclusive society is one in which people feel valued and have an opportunity to participate fully in society.  Social inclusion and equity in TAFE NSW is about commitment to enable learners, from all backgrounds and circumstances, to reach their educational and employment potential.

TAFE NSW supports socially inclusive programs and services which address the needs of disadvantaged and marginalised members of the community by increasing access to vocational education and training. This is reflected in documents such as:

Social inclusion principles informed the development of the National VET Equity Advisory Council Equity Blueprint 2011 – 2016.  A Blueprint Summary is also available along with other research papers published by the Council. The National Centre for Vocational Education Research also provides a valuable resource for research papers and findings that address social inclusion. 

Social Inclusion and Vocational Access Communities of Practice support stakeholders whose work is guided by these and other socially inclusive policies and guidelines.

TAFE NSW Social Inclusion Framework

The TAFE NSW Social Inclusion Framework provides a structure to the vision and direction for training within the State. This Framework demonstrates that TAFE NSW is capable of meeting the diverse learning needs and goals of all learners; and gives due regard to differences in gender, ability, age, location, social and cultural backgrounds and their impact on learners.

Snapshots of Success

Snapshots of Success  highlight the achievements of students with disabilities studying in TAFE NSW.  Supported by best practice services in vocational education, students demonstrate their ability to overcome major challenges to realise their potential at TAFE.  A number of profiles spotlight awards achieved by these remarkable people.

Social Inclusion page updated 7 March 2014.