Malek Affour started his career in Syria with a bachelor degree in business administration. But after relocating to Australia he had to start over, first studying English and now website development at TAFE Queensland.

Malek Affour started his career like many people, completing a bachelor degree in business administration while living in Syria. But after relocating to Australia he had to start over, first studying English at the TAFE Queensland Toowoomba campus. Now he's taking the next step in his career, deciding to continue his studies at TAFE with a Diploma of Website Development (ICT50615).

"When I arrived in Australia I thought of an idea to create an app. I spoke with a friend who is a web developer and he said that I should look into a course. I found what I needed in this course at TAFE Queensland," Malek said.

"I live in Toowoomba and went to improve my English at TAFE Queensland in Toowoomba. I like the environment and the teachers, the equipment, everything. So I decided to do this course with TAFE in Ipswich and I drive twice a week from Toowoomba to attend class."

The Diploma of Website Development (ICT50615) covers a range of skills. The course covers how to design, build and maintain websites in cloud hosting environments. Students will also learn HTML and CSS and discover the keys to database integration for websites.

"I like HTML, CSS and SQL — this is very new to me. We have a great teacher, she is very helpful and always answers our questions in a lovely way," said Malek.

"There is everything that we need, there is a lot of computers and great facilities."

The website development course focuses on hands-on experiences with project-based challenges that simulate the workplace.

TAFE Queensland website development teacher Parminder Saini said the course is comprehensive and hands on. 

"In this course students cover Full Stack website development from the planning stage through to implementation. During this time students create responsive web pages.

"A great outcome of the course is that students have their own portfolio of four to five projects. This showcases their work to prospective employers and/or clients," said Parminder. 

Malek is greatly enjoying his course and is keen to recommend the experience to others. 

"I always recommend TAFE Queensland to everybody. I suggested to my brother that he do a course and he is now doing a course in cookery," said Malek.



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