TAFE lays valuable foundation for university studies
When Michael Edgeworth joins the workforce next year as a Registered Nurse, he will already have years of experience working with patients.
Michael, now in his final year of nursing at The University of Queensland, gained a Diploma of Nursing through Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE and arrived at university with a one-year credit towards his degree.
His diploma enables him to work part time as an Endorsed Enrolled Nurse in his chosen field while he tackles his university studies. This allows him to gain valuable practical experience, which most of his peers, who entered the degree course without a TAFE qualification, will only begin to acquire when they graduate.
"The diploma program at TAFE was relevant to the workplace and provided a great practical learning experience," Michael said.
TAFE Queensland has developed strong links with universities, and credit transfer arrangements are in place between TAFE Queensland and Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, Australian Catholic University, James Cook University, University of Southern Queensland and other regional universities across a broad range of vocational training areas.
These arrangements are working to achieve the Queensland Government's target of three out of four Queenslanders holding a trade, training or tertiary qualification by 2020.
Partnership provides gateway to life on the land
Growing up on the land gave Deidre de Beer an appreciation of the agricultural industry and a love of animals.
Now a student at Goondiwindi State High School - a Gateway School to Agribusiness - Deidre is strengthening her knowledge of the industry by embarking on a school-based traineeship through the Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries.
The partnership between our department, Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries, and industry organisations provides students at Gateway Schools with opportunities to undertake school-based apprenticeships and traineeships and get a head-start in their chosen career.
"I decided to undertake a Certificate II traineeship in Rural Operations at Primary Industries because I work on farms in Mungindi and I really enjoy agriculture," Deidre said.
"I believe the traineeship will allow me to gain more experience and knowledge in the industry.
"Some people are surprised that I want to follow a career in agribusiness but this traineeship has shown me that careers in the industry are diverse and rewarding, and that agribusiness is definitely what I want to be a part of."
Deidre plans to follow a path in the industry by attending university to study either agricultural science or veterinary science.
The Gateway Schools Project develops strong partnerships between education, vocational education and training, higher education and industry to provide young people with opportunities to make a successful transition from school into employment.
Graduate's career set to explode
Jake Glidden's list of academic achievements is almost as impressive as his future career aspirations.
As a member of the inaugural Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology (QASMT) student cohort, Jake graduated at the end of 2008 with an IB score of 40, which, with credits, gained him a QTAC tertiary ranking of 99.
His academic achievements while at QASMT are just as impressive.
"I earned an Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award in both 2007 and 2008, a high distinction in the Australian National Chemistry Quiz, I participated in the UQ Enhanced Studies Program and I was a choir member of the State Honours Ensemble Program at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Griffith University)," Jake said.
"In 2008 I represented Australia at the International Physics Olympiad in Vietnam, and was awarded a silver medal."
Jake is currently studying a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) at the Australian National University in Canberra and is on the staff of the Physics Olympiad program in Australia. He says he intends continuing his studies after his undergraduate degree.
"I would like to pursue a PhD in physics, most likely in a field related to quantum mechanics," Jake said.
The Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology was opened in 2007 as a state school for high-performing students in Years 10 to 12.
Opening the door to employment
The Queensland Government's free training and career information service, Skilling Solutions Queensland, is helping people like Simon Farrar, 37, open the door to employment.
Simon had more than five years of work experience within the construction industry in the United Kingdom before migrating with his wife to Australia in 2008.
After looking for work for many months, he visited the Hervey Bay office of Skilling Solutions Queensland (SSQ) where he gained information on how his skills aligned with the Certificate III in Carpentry.
A referral to Australian Construction Training Services enabled Simon to complete the formal recognition of prior learning process.
Within three months he gained a Certificate III in Carpentry, had secured employment and is now building decks with a local builder.
"I would strongly recommend the services of SSQ to anyone who is looking to get skills and knowledge mapped to a specific, nationally accredited qualification," Simon said.
Almost 12 000 Queenslanders have enrolled in a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) program after visiting Skilling Solutions Queensland, with more than half achieving a formal qualification.
TAFE delivers world class results in Pacific region
Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE will share some Aussie know-how with our Pacific neighbours at a new, $5 million training facility in Port Moresby under the banner of the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC).
"The state-of-the-art facility uses some of the latest technology and innovation in vocational education and training," said Ian Wells, APTC Director, Schools of Automotive, Construction and Electrical, and Manufacturing.
The new facility includes accommodation for 70 students and eight staff, a dining hall, six classrooms and a purpose-built 1200 square metre workshop that can be used for a range of trade training.
Teachers and staff from the Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE are delivering training in automotive, construction and electrical, and manufacturing trades on campuses in Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Fiji. They are also providing workplace training in 11 other Pacific Island countries.
AusAID (the Australian Agency for International Development) is supporting the initiative by providing $73 million over four years from 2007.
"The project demonstrates that international business can provide a return on investment for TAFE with the profits going back into the institute," Mr Wells said.
"It is the largest international training contract ever undertaken by the department, and demonstrates our ability to develop international education and training partnerships and alliances."
The Australia-Pacific Technical College is an Australian Government initiative to deliver vocational education and training to Pacific Island students.
Queenslanders will be linked to opportunities that support economic prosperity and enhance lifelong wellbeing.
- Young people will make successful transitions to further learning or work
- Queenslanders will experience a seamless education, vocational educational and training (VET) and higher education system
- Queenslanders will be assured of excellent standards of education and training
- Individuals, enterprises and industry will have access to high quality, responsive and tailored education and training that is supported by innovative technologies
- Education and training will be strongly aligned with the Queensland economy's need for skills, particularly high level skills that are recognised and valued
- Queenslanders will have opportunities for development - to be more creative, productive and innovative, both at work and in their personal endeavours
- Percentage of Year 12 students who attained a Queensland Certificate of Education or a Certificate III or above qualification
- Apparent retention rate from Year 10 to Year 12 (total, male, female, Indigenous)
- Number of students with disabilities who attained a Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement or completed 12 years of schooling
- Total VET qualifications completed (all VET, priority areas, Certificate IV and above)
- Percentage of education, training or employment destinations for students (Year 12 students, all VET students)
- level of stakeholder satisfaction with VET training services and products (student outcomes, employer views)