by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2011
120 Australia – The Education Destination vocaTional eDucaTion A qualification from one of Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) institutes will boost your career goals. Australia’s VET system takes a practical approach so you can gain hands-on training, along with theoretical knowledge, ensuring you have the skills for today’s workplace. More than 225,000 international students were enrolled in vocational courses in Australia in 2010, making it one of the most popular educational sectors for overseas students. You will learn from experienced teachers in real-life work environments. Programs are developed by industry experts, so the curriculum is relevant and up to date with the necessary job requirements and current trends. Your vocational study can help you enter a profession, update your career skills or progress into a university degree. Practical qualifications Australia has over 4900 registered training organisations providing nationally recognised training and qualifications. Institutions have to meet national standards and they are regularly audited for quality. Vocational courses are offered by a range of organisations – the government-owned Technical and Further Education ( TAFE) institutes, private colleges, and a number of schools and universities. Industry and government work together to develop training outcomes, which are then implemented according to nationally endorsed training packages. Courses for international students must be registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutes and Courses for Overseas Students. All courses come under the Australian Qualifications Framework, which means the same course has a comparable curriculum and is of a similar high standard, wherever you study in Australia. By studying a vocational course, you can graduate from the following qualifications. Certificate I 4 to 6 months (competent operator) Certificate II 6 to 8 months (advanced operator) Certificate III 12 months (qualified tradesperson or technician) Certificate IV 12 to 18 months (supervisor) Diploma 18 to 24 months (para-professional) Advanced Diploma 2 to 3 years (junior manager) Vocational Graduate Certificate Vocational Graduate Diploma wide range of courses Vocational institutes offer a wide range of courses including: business and management, science and technology, design and arts, communications, sport and recreation, community service and health, tourism and hospitality, engineering and building, horticulture and land management. Most courses have practical subjects and some include on-the- job experience, such as working in a hotel for hotel management programs. The most popular courses for international students are in the fields of ‘management and commerce’ and ‘food, hospitality and personal services’. Some institutes offer hundreds of courses in all disciplines while private colleges tend to specialise in one area. For example, Le Cordon Bleu focuses on culinary and hotel courses, and Taylor Weir School of Hairdressing trains its students to become hairdressers. A number of colleges concentrate on business and management courses, including the International College of Management, Sydney and Group Colleges. vocational education: a pathway to your career australia’s vocational education and training sector is recognised across the world for its ability to prepare graduates for today’s workplace. it has strong industry links and supports international students to reach their career goals. Top left: International students receive ongoing suppor t from orientation programs to regular social events and sightseeing excursions. Image: Academies Australasia. Above: Students gain job -ready skills through practical experience. inDuSTRy exPeRience The great benefit of the VET system is its links with industry. The courses are designed in consultation with industry experts and include current trends and best practice. You will learn from teachers who work in the industry on equipment that is used in your profession, such as industry-standard kitchens for cooking courses and editing suites for film studies. Some courses also include work experience in real companies. ‘Australia’s TAFE network is the largest tertiary education sector in Australia with more than 1300 campuses across the country.’
Australia The Education Destination 2010
Australia The Education Destination 2012