Many new TAFE students are already well qualified

Story appeared in: Torch | January 9th, 2018

BANKSTOWN has a higher than state average when it comes to degree qualified students enrolling in TAFE, new figures show.
In 2017, 16 per cent of students across NSW were already degree qualified when they enrolled at a TAFE college, while at the Bankstown campus that figure was 21 per cent.
At nearby Padstow TAFE, the number of degree qualified students was slightly under the state average with 13 per cent enrolled.
TAFE NSW deputy regional general manager, Madelinka Sulic-Johnsen said these students are coming to TAFE to complement their degrees with the hands on practical skills that they did not learn at university.
"Compared to University, TAFE offers practical, industry led and accredited training that prepares students for exciting careers," she said.
"TAFE NSW graduates are makers, creators and innovators. This practical and technical approach to learning and job readiness should be complementary to the academic pathway offered by universities."
Ms Sulic-Johnsen said the 2017 report from McCrindle Research and Skilling Australia, illustrates that vocational education and training graduates benefit from far superior employment outcomes when compared with university graduates.
The Minister responsible for TAFE NSW Adam Marshall said TAFE is a great first choice for post school study, including bachelor degrees.
"School leavers should be seriously considering a vocational educational training path through TAFE NSW to get the skills they need to secure a job," Mr Marshal said.
With enrolments for 2018 at TAFE now open, students have a range of courses to choose from to help them get job ready.
TAFE NSW is Australia's largest training and education provider with over 1200 courses and more than 500,000 enrolments in 2016.
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