LAUGH AND LEARN: Comedian Kevin Kropinyeri talks at the Grafton TAFE’s big Deadly Yarn Up event. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN
LAUGH AND LEARN: Comedian Kevin Kropinyeri talks at the Grafton TAFE’s big Deadly Yarn Up event. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

Comedian hopes to boost TAFE numbers

DEADLY comedian Kevin Kropinyeri has brought the big laughs to Grafton TAFE in an effort get more people learning.

Hosted by the Aboriginal Learning Circle, the Big Deadly Yarn Up is a collaborative project aimed at engaging the Aboriginal community in North Coast TAFE programs and developing effective, culturally appropriate learning programs through community consultation.

Dennis Taylor, coordinator of engagement and personalised pathways with the Aboriginal Learning Circle, said they felt the best way to do this was in a fun environment.

As well talking to the community, the yarn up also provided lunch and entertainment with performances from all- Indigenous band Living Proof and comedians including Kevin Kropinyeri and Andrew Saunders.

"We're doing this to gauge what the community wants to learn through Vocational Education and Training ," Mr Taylor said.

"We hope that if we find out what peoples' interests in qualifications are, where we see the similarities we can develop local courses."

Grafton was the last North Coast TAFE on the agenda, and Mr Taylor said they already had an idea of some training gaps that could be filled.

"We've had a few surprising (suggestions). A lot of young Aboriginal men have said they're interested in doing a barbers course, and sound engineering has been another big one in other places we've been."



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