Technical And Further Education (TAFE) is an affordable, accessible and clear pathway into the workforce or even uni.
It is government-owned and runs in every state of Australia so you should be able to find a campus where you live. TAFE offers qualifications that are recognised and transferable interstate and internationally. One of the good things about TAFE is that most courses aren’t restricted by entry requirements. This means that getting a good mark in your HSC or even finishing school at all, isn’t compulsory. Some TAFE courses and campuses have relationships with universities which means that in some cases, if you complete a diploma certificate at TAFE it can count towards a year or even two years at uni. How’s that for a head start?!
The best thing about TAFE is that it offers a range of student support services which range from assistance with housing and counselling to orientation and activity programs. TAFE offers a secure and supportive environment to everyone. It also costs less than university, particularly if you have a health care card.
For more information about TAFE and applying for TAFE, check out contact info to find the TAFE website for your state.
Help with TAFE for young people with a care experience
Now in Victoria, if you are in care, or have been in care and are under 22 you may be eligible for The Skills First Youth Access Initiative where you can study VCAL/VCE through to Advanced Diploma level courses and pay no tuition fees. For more information call the TAFE and Training Line on 131 823 or go to https://is.gd/SkillsFirst
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