TAFE stands for Technical and Further Education.
TAFE is a government-owned and nationally operated system of colleges offering qualifications that are recognized and transferable internationally. The focus in TAFE is on hands-on, practical training with key competencies worked into every course that are thought to be essential for people entering the workforce. Courses are developed in consultation with business and industry to ensure the skills are relevant and in demand.
While university teaches a broad range of theories, TAFE focuses on specific skills for a particular workplace. For example, a Certificate IV in Aged Care teaches all the skills needed to work in aged care – either at a client’s home or an aged care facility.
TAFE is usually taught at TAFE Institutes around Australia, although an increasing number of courses are available online.
Studying at TAFE 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.
To ensure that students get the most out of their study experience TAFE colleges also offer a broad range of student support services. From orientation and activity programs to assistance with housing and counseling, TAFE colleges aim to offer a secure and supportive environment to all students.
What is VET
TAFE is just one part of VET (Vocational Education and Training). VET covers all vocational training in Australia. While TAFEs are run by the government, there are also similar institutions run by private businesses. They’re called things like colleges, training providers, or course providers.
There’s not that much difference between TAFEs and private providers – both offer courses online and on-campus, and they’re both quality-controlled by the government’s Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).
TAFE NSW has over 1200 courses available.
For young people leaving school there are courses to improve the following:
Literacy and numeracy skills.
English language skills.
Academic courses to help you to improve your school subject results.
Short courses to give you basic training for specific jobs to help you into work.
Vocational courses at all levels up to Advanced Diplomas and Graduate Diplomas.
To visit the TAFE NSW website CLICK HERE.
TAFE NSW is split into 10 institutes, each with their own website:
Hunter Institute: www.hunter.tafensw.edu.au/.
Illawarra Institute: www.illawarra.tafensw.edu.au/.
New England Institute: www.newengland.tafensw.edu.au/.
North Coast Institute: www.northcoasttafe.edu.au/
Northern Sydney Institute: www.tafestudy.info/.
Riverina Institute: www.rit.tafensw.edu.au/.
South Western Sydney Institute: www.swsi.tafensw.edu.au/.
Sydney Institute: www.sit.nsw.edu.au/.
Western Institute: www.wit.tafensw.edu.au/.
Western Sydney Institute & OTEN: wsi.tafensw.edu.au/.
School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships in NSW
School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships are more than just part-time jobs - they’re a great way to set yourself up for the career you want whilst you are completing your HSC. School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships are available to all Year 10, 11 and 12 high school students in NSW. They allow students to commence an apprenticeship or complete a traineeship while at school.
A School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship combines paid work, training and school; and as well as an industry recognised national qualification you will gain credit towards the HSC. Some apprenticeships and traineeships can contribute towards the ATAR.
TAFE to University
There are many pathways that lead from a TAFE NSW course to a university degree.
When you study with TAFE NSW, you'll open up many possible future routes into higher education. TAFE NSW doesn't only deliver vocational programs – TAFE NSW Degrees also offers a range of practical, niche qualifications including Associate and Bachelor Degrees and Graduate Certificates. TAFE NSW Institutes partner with universities to deliver graduate qualifications at your local campus, and there are many integrated programs that allow you to progress from a diploma to a degree.