What is TAFE ?
The TAFE system is a government-owned and nationally recognised system that works in a national framework of training to meet the needs of industry today and into the future. TAFE institutes are widely recognised for their role in preparing people for work by providing training, skills and knowledge that lead to employment.
Since 1987, TAFE has attracted thousands of international students from over 60 countries to study in Australia.
Courses at TAFE are practical and flexible, and are developed in consultation with industry to ensure the skills are relevant and are what the employment market is looking for.
One of TAFE's key objectives is to ensure that when young people leave initial vocational education and training, they have the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to be productive and employable workers.
TAFE - a pathway to University…
TAFE training also provides a pathway to university education where Diploma graduates can receive up to one or two year's credit towards a related university degree, through a system of credit transfer arrangements established with universities across Australia.
Vocational courses are generally up to two years shorter than a university degree. Students may also save time when they first enrol by gaining credits (also called advanced standing) in some of their subjects for previous studies or work experience. Students in vocational training often have the chance to gain valuable work experience in real business as a part of their course. These 'work placements' count towards the final qualification. You receive work experience in your chosen industry before you even finish your course.
TAFE and VET ?
There are thousands of institutions offering vocational courses in Australia, split between the Government and private sectors. The Australian Government runs TAFE. VET is the Australian system of Vocational Education and Training. It refers to the system as a whole, whereas TAFE only refers to the Government institutions.
Vocational training is an important sector within the Australian education system. It is distinct from other education sectors because it provides training focussed on the workplace.
To be accepted into a vocational course, you must have a good standard of English language skills plus the minimum academic qualifications or relevant work experience.
While different courses have different entry requirements, in general, Certificate courses require students to have an Australian Year 10 or Year 11 equivalent. Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses usually require a minimum of Australian year 12 (or overseas equivalent). Pakistan at least year 12, intermediate level.
Specialised courses may require minimum grades in relevant subjects such as maths or physics. Creative courses may require students to present a folio or audition. More advanced courses sometimes insist on a minimum amount of work experience as well as academic qualifications.
The benefits of TAFE
Practical study programs that are hands-on to give you the skills to become 'job ready'.
Government-endorsed and industry-recognised Advanced Diplomas, Diplomas and Certificates.
Fast-track to university degree programs with studies completed through one of Australia's TAFE institutes or college. You can achieve your career goals faster.
Study in computing, information technology, business and management, hospitality and tourism, as well as in fast-growing new industries such as e-commerce. Over 1,000 courses to choose from including other areas such as art and design, community services and engineering.