Over the years, Technical and Further Education (TAFE) Institutes have become a bedrock of the education system in Australia. Each year TAFEs all over Australia produce tens of thousands of graduates who are fully trained and ready to enter the Australian workforce with all the skills they need to succeed in their chosen field.
There are thousands of courses and programs to choose from at TAFE campuses around Australia. For the most part these are vocational courses aimed at providing students with the skills they need to meet industry expectations. Courses range from three-year diplomas to short courses or even online courses, and they cater for all backgrounds and all age groups. A solid education is available in almost any field at Australia’s TAFE colleges, including hospitality, information technology, visual arts, business and engineering.
Not only do TAFE courses provide a path to gainful employment, they can also be the perfect stepping stone to a university degree. While it is true that most TAFE students are Australian, you will also find a healthy and ever-growing international student population on Australia’s TAFE campuses. International TAFE students travel to Australia to learn a trade, boost their knowledge or simply improve their English skills. All TAFE Institutes have fully staffed international offices to assist students in making the transition to Australian life quickly and easily. Read on for our profile of six of Australia’s most outstanding TAFE Institutes.
With almost 30,000 students and two state-of-the-art campuses in the heart of Brisbane, Australia, Southbank Institute of Technology is the largest TAFE in Queensland and is widely regarded as one of the best in the country. Between them, Morningside campus and Southbank campus offer more than 250 courses to students who come from all over Australia and all around the world. With such a wide range of programmes and courses, there is something for just about everyone at Southbank Institute of Technology.
The Brisbane North Institute of TAFE has five campuses across Brisbane’s north side in Bracken Ridge, Caboolture, Grovely, Ithaca (Red Hill) and Redcliffe. Not only is each conveniently positioned for ease of access but they are also located near some of Brisbane’s best forest, beach, river and city side locations. Brisbane is Australia’s fastest growing capital city and the 30,000 students who enroll each year can enjoy both the upbeat, cosmopolitan atmosphere of the city and the quality education provided at Brisbane North Institute of TAFE.
One of the biggest drawcards of the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE is its superb coastal location. With five campuses located in suburbs such as Ashmore, Southport, Coolangatta, Coomera and Ridgeway on Queensland’s Gold Coast, students have access to some of the best natural environments Australia has to offer. Apart from the surf, sun and sand they also have access to one of Queensland’s leading TAFE institutes.
With nine colleges on eight campuses located around the heart of Sydney, TAFE NSW Sydney Institute is one of the most important educators in Australia. Each year, it helps no fewer than 70,000 students take important steps towards achieving their goals. One of the most impressive things about TAFE NSW Sydney Institute is the sheer diversity of opportunities that it offers students of all ages and from all backgrounds.
The NSW Riverina Institute of TAFE is comprised of 19 campuses located across southern New South Wales, Australia. This TAFE Institute is particularly distinctive as it has such a large number of campuses spread over such a large area. However, in terms of facilities and the standard of education it provides, NSW Riverina Institute of TAFE is right up there with the best of them.
Central Institute of Technology is a TAFE institute in Perth, Western Australia. Amongst its claims to fame are its position as the state’s oldest tertiary institution and being Perth’s largest TAFE and one of the largest in Australia. The 25,000 students at the Central Institute of Technology are located across six campuses in the inner city in suburbs such as Leederville, Mt Lawley, Subiaco, Nedlands, Perth and East Perth.
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