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The Education Destination : The Education Destination
Top left: Andrew Smith, National Executive Officer of ACPET, says that ACPET members are committed to providing quality education. Above: A course through a private provider can help you enter the workforce job-ready. Right: Students come to Australian private education providers for courses that are relevant to industry and refl ect current practices. ‘Modern students want choice, fl exibility and quality, and Australia’s private education sector is increasingly where those students are fi nding those things,’ says Mr Smith. ‘ACPET members range from large, publicly-listed training organisations to small, niche colleges. They deliver flexible, responsive training that is driving both domestic and international growth across a range of industries.’ As independent organisations, private colleges can readily adapt to the needs of industry and students. Students at Australia’s private colleges come from all walks of life, and include professionals wanting to upskill for better career opportunities, apprentices and school-leavers looking for a career in a trade, tertiary students seeking an alternative to university and international students looking to enter the workforce with a set of job-ready skills. ‘ACPET members are one part of Australia’s internationally admired education system, and we are tremendously proud of the contribution our members are making to the future direction of our country,’ says Mr Smith. Studying in Australia: A pathway to a brighter future With 70% of international vocational education in Australia delivered by the private training sector, it is clear that private colleges are the destination of choice for students seeking to improve their job prospects by studying in Australia. The reasons for choosing private training colleges are as varied as the courses on offer. Private providers offer accredited courses across a wide range of industries, including niche courses targeted to specific industry needs. Acommon theme, though, is private education’s ability to improve a student’s prospects of achieving their career goals. ‘Private providers employ experienced, industry-aware teaching staff committed to promoting a culture of achievement and to strengthening their chosen industries,’ says Mr Smith. ‘Since many teaching staff at private colleges also work actively in the fi elds they teach, they are inherently aware of changes in market forces across all industries and quick to refl ect such developments in their curriculum. ‘Through close industry ties and an outcomes-driven approach, private vocational education and training colleges deliver job opportunities for graduates in the most broad range of industries imaginable.’ Many students from overseas who study in Australia go on to have successful and rewarding careers in Australia. Arecent study found that four out of fi ve international students reported that their studies are directly relevant to their work in Australia. Other students leave Australia, but take with them a world-class, accredited education that gives them access to better employment prospects around the world. Australia: The Education Destination > 17 ABOUT AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION
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