Central Regional TAFE (CRTAFE) has appointed a new Director of Training for the Kalgoorlie Campus.

Chelsie Grace, a born and bred ‘Kalgoorlie-an’ and long term resident will officially commence in the role next week.

A wife and professional working mother to two teenage boys, she commenced her career as a trained Occupational Therapist.

Chelsie ran her own small business for seven years consulting and providing training in the areas of Occupational Safety and Health, Workers Compensation and regulatory compliance to not-for-profits, mining companies, local government and other agencies.

She commenced working at CRTAFE in 2012 as an Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator and was soon promoted to the Manager of Human Resources. In 2016, Chelsie took on a different challenge and went onto become a Business Lecturer, teaching the Certificate II, III and IV qualifications at the Kalgoorlie campus.

Her role as a lecturer has enabled her to work across CRTAFE’s traineeship program, and given her the opportunity meet regularly with employers, local businesses, high schools and industry, gaining a good understanding of what the local training needs are.

Chelsie says CRTAFE has been an organisation she has loved working for describing her time lecturing as extremely rewarding and is now excited to take on the new challenge.

“I was born here and completed the majority of my schooling in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, so I’m a huge supporter of regional education. I firmly believe that families can stay here and receive a quality education for their children. From pre-school, to primary, secondary and through to tertiary or vocational education, we are very fortunate to have the options we do right here in our backyard” she said.

Chelsie said that she is proud to be part of an organisation which continues to stand up for local needs and provide services for the community.

“Kalgoorlie has been incredibly generous and provided my family with some wonderful opportunities. I would really like to give something back and I see TAFE as an area where I can do this” she said.

“I’ve always been quite driven and I feel I can make a really positive contribution in this role. I have great relationships with the staff, we have some great people doing fantastic things and I look forward to going out into the community and to industry, promoting what is happening at TAFE whilst also ensuring we are meeting their needs” she said.

“I think ultimately I really want our TAFE campus to be something that Kalgoorlie-Boulder can be extremely proud of and that people see it as something that is an asset to our community” she said.

“I think what sets our TAFE apart is our facilities both current and future planned projects, as well as our capacity to enable social learning. I think in the age of technology and online training we need to ensure that we also focus on the power of social learning. A lot of the feedback from students is the accessibility of lecturers at TAFE. This is something that has led to their success and I look forward to continue to work on the accessibility side of things, making learning environments that our students want to come to” she said.

As the Director of Training, Chelsie also plans to improve the attraction and retention of staff, increasing the profile and reputation of TAFE and taking advantage of opportunities to collaborate with our other CRTAFE campuses to expand training programs offered locally.

Central Regional TAFE Managing Director Bill Swetman describes Chelsie as a strategically minded professional who is passionate about lifelong learning and feels that the college is very fortunate to have her leading the Kalgoorlie Campus.

“As a long term resident, Chelsie has strong ties to the Goldfields region and a proven drive to make a positive contribution to her community” Mr Swetman said.

“Our Kalgoorlie campus has strong programs in the Business, Communities and Trades areas which are made possible due to positive relationships with the community and industry, and Chelsie’s personable approach and local leadership will assist us in further cementing these partnerships and provide guidance when determining our priority areas” he said.

“I look forward to supporting Chelsie as she commences in the role and I have no doubt that under her leadership the quality training programs at our Kalgoorlie campus will continue to thrive” he said.

Page last updated September 25, 2019