TAFE Guide

TAFE provides an accessible, affordable and flexible solution to your training and further education needs. From training for your first job, updating your skills for a new job or promotion, to starting study as a mature-aged student, TAFE provides you with all the answers you need.

Developed with the needs of business and industry in mind, TAFE courses provide current information on all the skills you will need at work. With the world of work constantly changing, TAFE courses also provide you with the ability to update and extend your skills.

In addition, TAFE courses offer pathways and links between qualifications and provide flexibility and recognition when combining vocational training and academic study. You can begin your studies at TAFE, obtain credit for the work you’ve done and then apply for university admission.

Alternatively, many TAFE students have already completed all or part of a university degree and look to TAFE to gain vocational training to improve their employment prospects. You may gain credit for subjects completed as part of a university course, provided they are similar to what is offered as part of the TAFE course you choose.


Reasons for Choosing TAFE:

  1. It gives you up to date training
    TAFE courses are designed and updated with help from employers, who may become your future managers, so they are up-to-date and directly related to specific jobs and careers. In addition, they equip you to meet the changing demands of the workplace while allowing you to get ahead in your career.
  2. TAFE Graduates Get Jobs
    In a recent survey by the Australian Vocational Education and Training Statistics, it was shown that 92% of TAFE graduates in 2003 were employed or in further study after their training. Because TAFE study is practical and strongly tied to industry requirements, TAFE graduates are seen by employers as having employable skills.
  3. TAFE Graduates are Satisfied with their TAFE Study
    The Australian Vocational Education and Training Statistics survey also showed that 82% of TAFE graduates were satisfied with the overall quality of their TAFE training and 74% reported that their training was highly or somewhat relevant to their current job.
  4. The choices are endless
    The variety of courses offered at TAFE are endless and exciting – offered in over 40 different study areas, from Animal Studies and Natural Resources, to Computing and Information Systems or Transport.
  5. TAFE gets you ready for work
    TAFE courses teach practical skills and knowledge so that you perform well on your first day on the job. If you are a school-leaver, TAFE courses can train you for that important first job. For adults, TAFE can improve and update your skills and increase your job choices.
  6. It’s a great way to start your career
    TAFE is an ‘open-ended’ way to gain qualifications and to advance your career. TAFE courses offer flexibility and recognition when combining vocational training and academic study. You can begin your studies at TAFE, obtain credit for the work you’ve done and then apply for university admission. Alternatively, if you are a university student, you may return to TAFE to gain the vocational skills you need.
  7. TAFE won’t cost you an arm and a leg!
    As TAFE is free of the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS), you can avoid large up-front fees or deferred debts. A tuition fee is charged by the TAFE Institutes and charges may also be made for personal use items such as tools of the trade, student services fees and take-home goods. For students experiencing difficulty with payment of tuition fees, student loans are available at most TAFE Institutes. Concessions and exemptions are available depending on eligibility.


Holmesglen Institute of TAFE
Holmesglen is one of Victoria’s largest TAFE Institutes, providing education and training to 54,000 students. Holmesglen has three major campuses, Chadstone, Moorabbin and Waverley, offering around 600 courses. Holmesglen strives to offer educational excellence, providing you with real skills for the real world, to help you get a job when you finish your studies. The Institute’s close links with business and industry ensure that programs keep pace with change and remain firmly linked to industry requirements. Holmesglen provides students with the opportunity to take away work-ready skills by undertaking ‘real-life’ projects. Holmesglen’s state-of-the-art facilities accommodate these practical projects. Its Information Commons is a futuristic facility housing 250 open-access computers, IT edit suits and the full range of electronic and paper-based student learning resources. Other facilities include bookshops, cafeterias, recreation and games facilities, a fully equipped gymnasium and childcare centre. Operating 7 days per week, 50 weeks of the year and covering part-time, full-time, weekend, evening and off-campus study, Holmesglen is proud of its flexible approach and its ability to cater to students’ needs.

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TAFE NSW: http://www.tafensw.edu.au/ 

TAFE VC Virtual Campus: http://www.tafevc.com.au/