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Minister to meet new Auslan trainees

19 Jul 2013

The Victorian Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Peter Hall, will drop into NMIT’s (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) Collingwood campus on Monday to say hello to NMIT’s new intake of Auslan students.

The Minister’s encouragement will be a welcome start for the students as some begin their quest to become Auslan Interpreters.

Auslan (Australian Sign Language) is the language of the Deaf community in Australia.

The Minister will meet students commencing their first day of the Certificate II in Auslan program delivered by NMIT as part of the newly formed Victorian Auslan Training Consortium (VATC).

NMIT (incorporating deafConnectED) and its consortium partners – Vicdeaf and La Trobe University – are contracted to deliver Auslan training to address the critical shortage of Auslan Interpreters in Victoria.

The contract was awarded though the Pathways and Participation Division of the Victorian Government’s Higher Education and Skills Group (HESG).

The Minister will sit in on a Certificate II in Auslan class where he will be introduced to some basic signing techniques. He will wish the students well and also meet some key Auslan program staff from NMIT and its consortium partners.

"The Auslan training program contract is an exciting new addition to NMIT's suite of programs,” said NMIT’s Associate Director of the Faculty of Further Education, Sue Beshara.

“NMIT will deliver a flexible and innovative program that maximises trainee participation and pathways to Auslan interpreter training in both metropolitan and regional Victoria. This will bring many new people to NMIT since we are contracted to achieve 700 enrolments over the three and half year contract.

“Our partnerships with deafConnectED, Vicdeaf and La Trobe University will ensure new resources and online delivery available to students are of a high standard and are in line with the Deaf community's needs.”

The Certificate II in Auslan will enable students to give and receive basic information in Auslan and communicate on a basic level with deaf clients or customers. The qualification is the beginning of a pathway that leads to the Certificates III and IV in Auslan, and Diploma of Auslan.

What: Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Peter Hall, meets NMIT Auslan students and staff.

When: Monday 22 July 2013, 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm.

Where: NMIT – Collingwood Campus.

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