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From chef's hat to cyber defender's cap

TAFE Queensland's Coomera campus is taking significant strides in preparing the next generation of cyber security experts with its cutting-edge Security Operations Centre. 

The campus has become a creative hub for many students including those in career transitions, as highlighted by the success story of Jordan Swebeck, a 24-year-old former chef turned cyber security enthusiast.

Having spent seven years in the culinary world, Jordan found himself out of work due to the global pandemic's impact on the hospitality industry. This unforeseen pause in his career provided him with the opportunity to reassess his passions and aspirations.

An interest in computers and cyber concepts led him on a journey of career transformation through TAFE Queensland's innovative approach to education.

"I've always been passionate about computers and cyber concepts, and TAFE Queensland was the best option for me to gain the relevant skills through the State Government’s Free-Free funding," Swebeck said.

The Certificate IV in Cyber Security (22603VIC | 112094B) at TAFE Queensland provided him not only with the necessary knowledge but also a gateway to an invaluable internship experience.

"Since starting the Certificate IV in Cyber Security at TAFE Queensland, I have already been part of industry competitions and have an internship, which I credit to my TAFE teachers for exposing me to," he said.

On has praise for his teachers, Jordan describes them as "fantastic, not only with the course delivery, but also with giving guidance and assistance to try extracurricular activities related to the cyber profession."

The supportive environment fostered by the teachers at TAFE Queensland encouraged him to step out of his comfort zone and participate in the 2023 WorldSkills National competition where he won a silver medal in the IT Network Systems Administration category.

Central to Jordan’s education journey has been the brand new Security Operations Centre at TAFE Queensland’s Coomera campus.

"It's a top-notch facility that is adaptive to the ever-changing cyber security landscape, which gives me the confidence of being job ready," he said.

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast General Manager, Karen Dickinson said it’s wonderful to witness students flourishing and prospering in their new training environment.

“The new Cyber Security Training Centre allows students to gain real world cyber security skills using the latest equipment and technology under the guidance of industry-experienced teachers,” she said.

“The centre is equipped with cutting-edge technology that ensures students have the resources they need to thrive in their studies and beyond.”

Ms Dickinson said TAFE Queensland is committed to equipping students like Jordan with the skills and confidence they need to excel in the dynamic field of cyber security.

“As the world evolves, so too does TAFE Queensland’s dedication to fostering the growth of the cyber security workforce.”

As Jordan approaches his graduation, his goals are clear. "When I have completed the course I hope to join the workforce and take with me all the skills and knowledge from my time at TAFE Queensland to propel my career," he said.