Frontline jobs for TAFE graduates

AS demand for pathology services surge, one frontline worker credits TAFE NSW for landing her a job in the critical industry, which has already seen pathologists conduct more than one million Covid-19 laboratory tests across the country.
Buthainah Magaref secured a job in a Western Sydney-based Austech Labs straight after graduating with a Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing) from TAFE NSW Granville in June last year.

She is now working on the frontline conducting Covid-19 specimen testing.
The pathology services industry – which employs more than 25,000 Australians – is crying out for skilled workers after the Government recently invested in a $2.4 billion health package to support the industry during this time.
Buthainah says she is putting the skills learnt during her diploma to good use, as work has never been busier during this global pandemic.
“I’m grateful that TAFE NSW has equipped me with practical skills that have allowed me to walk straight into a job on the frontline and help during a global health crisis,” Buthainah said.
“I was prepared for the job because I had plenty of practical training at the TAFE NSW lab facilities and work experience with local private industries as well as NSW Health as part of my studies.”
Buthainah lived in Yemen before migrating back to Australia. She said she has always had a passion for helping people and working in the medical industry allowed her to do this.
Jansi John, Senior in charge of Microbiology at Austech Labs, said Buthainah’s skills were a great asset to the team.
“It’s great to have a reliable employee who has the expertise and practical skills to get on with the job during busy periods like what we’ve seen,” Ms John said.
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