Tapping into Ron's teaching skills

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Challenger TAFE Plumbing Lecturer, Ron Duffield, has just been named ‘Trades and Skills Teacher of the Year’ in the Building and Construction Services category at The Institute for Trade Skills Excellence Awards.

The award recognises Ron’s commitment, expertise and hard work in ensuring his students are trained to the highest industry standards.

Director of the College’s Construction Industry Skills Centre, Darren Reynolds, said that Ron has over 20 years of TAFE experience and is a highly commended Advanced Skills Lecturer who prides himself on constantly refreshing his knowledge.

“Ron has been instrumental in the development of a specialised commercial plumbing program here at the college, has an active interest in roof plumbing, new technology, and has worked closely with the Overseas Qualifications Unit in order to develop better assessment tools to assist migrants with gaining Australian qualifications” Darren explained.

“His efforts have helped more than 350 migrants take up positions in Australia over the last three years, and that has had a direct impact on helping address the skills shortage in the industry in WA.”

Over the years Ron has introduced a number of teaching programs that delivered a closer match between student skills and industry demand. He is also developing an on-line training program which has been welcomed by the industry as it reduces time spent away from the job.

On receiving his award, Ron said his primary focus was still on ensuring his students learn the trade and learn it well.

“Yes it’s great to be recognised, but I’m just doing my job and getting on with teaching the students, so they can make successful careers in the industry,” he said.

Ron was presented with his award, by Dr John Keniry AM, Chairman of The Institute for Trade Skills Excellence during a ceremony in Sydney last month.

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