Atwea invests in region’s future
As our region continues to move into recovery and renewal, the Atwea College team remains focussed on providing the right education and training support for our community.
For more than 100 years, Atwea (formerly WEA Hunter) has continuously provided education in good times and in bad, and it is no different in 2020.
As Covid19 took its global hold, our experience told us to move quickly to ensure that, when needed, our community could access an appropriate mix of education and training courses in a ways that were safe, practical and appropriate to a changing world. We know that after times of crisis people will look to diversify, update and reaffirm their competitiveness within their personal and employment lives. We also know that many look in very different directions and would demand different ways of accessing learning opportunities. What no one could foresee was the length of time that our community would be affected and what that would mean to a longer term job and education sectors.
Atwea has brought forward a number of skills training courses and learner designed programs that will help reskill and prepare the community for a changed workplace landscape with the support of a NSW Government grant. The College was successful in securing the grant through the government’s Training and Services Department of Education under the ACE Relief to combat the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. This grant supported the delivery of accessible online and blended learning platforms specifically for people who have been redeployed, unemployed, low to middle income adults who were at home or considering future job prospects.
Atwea has always been proud of its ability to be responsive but this pandemic required even greater levels of flexibility which among many changes resulted in us brining a long awaited project ahead of schedule to add online learning options to the suite of educational courses.
We remain committed to our core business of providing quality face to face education and this is no more obvious in our very popular lifestyle short courses and Alesco Senior College. But in assisting the community transition to flexible and accessible learning platforms we have also integrated online options. The new online platform has been integrated into many Atwea courses including Diploma and accredited skills training qualifications.