In this guide, we’ll outline the benefits of choosing TAFE studies in Australia, the required IELTS scores, top TAFE institutions as well as the most popular courses for a PR visa.
If you want to gain a job qualification without the hassle of studying for a university degree, a TAFE degree may be the best option for you. Here’s a comparison of the TAFE and university studies and their outcomes:
Flexible study options
With full time, part time, on campus and online course delivery available, the accessibility of TAFE paves the way for you to develop new skills and dive into a career change, while helping to address key skill shortages in Australia.
Lots of support
With smaller class sizes, teachers can give each student more individual assistance with their studies.
Focus on work experience
As many qualifications require hands-on, real-life experience, TAFE courses ensure that you have plenty of opportunities to apply the practical skills that you have learned. Your training proves to be worthwhile, because more than 9/10 trade apprentices have jobs after completing their TAFE studies.
Improved employment status
According to McCrindle and Deloitte Access Economics, 60.6% of TAFE graduates had an improved employment status and 16.3% of graduates who were already employed before training were employed at a higher skill level.
Since TAFE institutions are government owned, you can be guaranteed that every course you study is fully accredited.
Access to courses that are not available at university
At TAFE, you’ll find a large range of courses that are not available at university, such as vocational and technical qualifications required for your dream job.
Pathway towards university
If you haven’t met the entrance requirements for university, you may be able to complete a TAFE course and be eligible to transfer your knowledge and skills towards a related undergraduate university degree.
You’ll need an overall score 5.5 (with no score lower than 5.0) for certificate III, IV, diploma and advanced diploma courses. For an associate degree, an overall score of 6.0 is needed.
Courses: Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community), Certificate IV in Disability, Certificate IV in Ageing Support
Your course will include theoretical and practical work placement components where you’ll be providing hands-on support to people within residential care facilities as well as assisting with independence and wellbeing their own homes, while offering companionship and emotional support.
Courses: Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery, Certificate IV in Patisserie
To become a qualified chef, you’ll need to complete TAFE studies as part of an apprenticeship. In your course, you’ll learn how to safely prepare, cook and present food to a high standard, estimate food and labour costs, as well as cooking techniques and procedures.
Despite the profession being very large, it attracts an average pay of $1250 per week, so being a chef offers you and your family financial stability.
Course: Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
In your course, you will learn how to assist veterinarians with procedures during consultations, examinations and operations, as well as caring for and monitoring the health of animals that are undergoing treatment and recovery.
You can enjoy flexible working hours as a veterinary nurse, with many opportunities to work part time to achieve a good work-life balance. In fact, most full-time workers spend only 40 hours a week at work, which is lower than the average of 44 hours. The average weekly pay for full-time work is $1088, though this amount increases with experience (source: joboutlook.gov.au).
Courses: Diploma of Interpreting, Advanced Diploma of Interpreting
Your studies will help you to refine your verbal language skills so that you’re able to effectively transfer between your native language to English and vice versa in a limited time frame.
Full time interpreters earn an above-average wage of $1942 per week, but only 22% work full time (source: joboutlook.gov.au), so you’ll be able to choose your own hours and have the option of working from home.
Courses: Diploma of Nursing
Your studies will consist of both theoretical and practical experience in real-life clinical settings so that you feel confident to use your new skills on the first day of work.
With a good average weekly income of $1426 (source:joboutlook.gov.au), full time enrolled nurses can work in almost any location in Australia and enjoy flexible working hours.
Currently, there is a shortage of enrolled nurses working in Australia, so the profession has been placed on the STSOL for migration, with strong growth expected over the next few years.
If you’re keen to become a registered nurse, you will be eligible to transfer credit from your Diploma towards a Bachelor’s degree at university.
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