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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2011
Australia – The Education Destination 121 gaining woRkPlace SkillS Some VET institutes provide accredited English language training and/or Foundation Studies for entry to tertiary programs. For example, Academies Australasia offers vocational courses in areas such as business, accounting and marketing, as well as English language programs. a pathway to university study You can undertake a vocational course as a pathway to university. This is an option if you do not have the entry requirements for a bachelor degree or if you would like to gain practical skills before entering a university degree. Vocational institutes have links with Australian universities. Students who graduate with a diploma from a TAFE institute may receive up to 12 or 18 months (two or three semesters) of credit toward a related university degree. There is the added benefit of graduating with two Australian academic awards at the end of your degree. Private colleges Each year, more than two million students choose to study at private colleges in Australia. These colleges offer accredited courses across a wide range of industries, including niche courses targeted to specific industry needs. As independent organisations, private colleges can readily adapt to the needs of industry and students. The teaching staff in private colleges are experienced and many also work in the fields they teach. Private colleges keep up with changes in market forces across all industries and are quick to reflect such developments in their curriculum. They have close industry ties and an outcomes-driven approach which means increased job opportunities for graduates from private colleges. Both private and government-owned vocational institutes must adhere to the same high standards and quality assurance regulations. government-owned Tafe institutes Australia has a system of government-owned TAFE institutes. Australia’s TAFE system is the largest and most diverse tertiary education sector in Australia with more than 1300 campuses across the country. These institutes are operated and accredited by the government. Each State has a network of TAFE institutes. TAFE New South Wales is the largest education and training provider in the southern hemisphere with 130 campuses and half a million students. TAFE Queensland has more than 120 years of experience, 100 campuses and 800 programs. In Victoria, TAFE has campuses in metropolitan and regional areas and trains over 425,000 Australians and international students through its 1600 courses. More than 91% of graduates from TAFE South Australia either gain a job with their qualification or go on to further studies at university. The Australian Capital Territory has the industry- focused Canberra Institute of Technology while Tasmania has a number of TAFE campuses under a new title, the Tasmanian Polytechnic. In the Northern Territory, Charles Darwin University and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education are the major public providers of vocational education and training. Supporting international students VET institutes provide dedicated support for their international students. These may include: airport pick-up when you arrive, accommodation services, orientation, study skills assistance, counselling and English language assistance. Australian vocational institutes welcome international students and will support you in the pathway to your future career. ■ Left: A qualification at a vocational institute can provide a pathway to a university degree. Image: Brisbane Nor th Institute of TAFE. Right: Vocational institutes provide hands- on learning in the environment in which you will be working. Image: Central Institute of Technology. ‘Private VET colleges are aware of changes in market forces across all industries and quick to reflect such developments in their curriculum.’ finD ouT MoRe australian council for Private education and Training www.acpet.edu.au Tafe victoria www.studymelbourne.vic.gov.au/studying_ in_melbourne/vocational Tafe new South wales www.tafensw.edu.au Tafe South australia www.tafesa.edu.au Tafe Queensland www.tafe.qld.gov.au/ Tafe western australia www.trainingwa.wa.gov.au Tasmania www.polytechnic.tas.edu.au australian capital Territory http://cit.edu.au northern Territory www.vet.nt.gov.au ‘Vocational study can help you enter a profession, update your career skills or progress into a university degree.’
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