New Tafe chief executive stops in Pirie

REGIONAL VISIT: The Chief Executive Officer of Tafe SA, David Coltman, recently visited Port Pirie as part of a regional tour.
REGIONAL VISIT: The Chief Executive Officer of Tafe SA, David Coltman, recently visited Port Pirie as part of a regional tour.

The Chief Executive Officer of Tafe SA recently visited Port Pirie as part of a regional tour to tell his staff abouty his plans for the future, as well as to hear feedback from them.

David Coltman has been in the role since April this year, coming from a background which started in primary teaching in New Zealand and resulted in working as a deputy vice-chancellor for Swinburne University in Melbourne.

Mr Coltman says the quality processes of Tafe SA have been their main focus for the past 18 months, but they are turning their focus to the students and the courses they are delivering.

"Our government has prioritised a Tafe focus on the regions so we are looking at what we are delivering and how we are delivering it going forward.

"We need to focus on our students again, as an organisation we have focused a lot on ourselves and we need to focus better on students. Understanding what their needs are, understanding what the industry needs are and connecting the two," he said.

The CEO was with Pirie staff members for almost two hours discussing their needs and possible improvements that they would like to see introduced.

Mr Coltman explained some of the feedback, this included looking at how programs can be delivered and where they are delivered, increasing staff's currency and trade and increasing enrollments.

"There were lots of questions. Around how some of our operations could be based here in Port Pirie. There is no reason in the current day that people have to be located in Adelaide to do jobs- increasingly we are looking at that model.

"Staff were seeking understanding with what happens next in terms of the quality processes that we are putting in place, which have been a real focus for us the last 18 months.They were interested in how we maintain our staff's currency and their trade, vocation as well as their teaching. It was a really fantastic and positive conversation," Mr Coltman said.

"I am very keen to see the skills of our local communities access, enjoy and utilise the facilities. It is a fantastic campus, I would just like to see a whole lot of students here."

Mr Coltman visited Kadina that same day and in the days before had visited Port Augusta, Whyalla, Berri, Barossa and the Riverland.