“YOUNG PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATE IN ANY FORM OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION OR TRAINING ACHIEVE BETTER EMPLOYMENT OUTCOMES IN THE LONG TERM, WHEN COMPARED TO YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOT PARTICIPATED IN ANY TYPE OF ACCREDITED POST-SCHOOL EDUCATION AND TRAINING”.
Source: The Smith Family Youth Transitions Research Report, September 2014.

 

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Find a course

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is education that directly relates to getting a job. Training in your chosen field will provide you with the skills to get a job and will be assessed on your ability to do the tasks for a particular job.

You can do a VET course at a TAFE institute, at a university or through a registered training organisation (RTO). These courses will suit you if you enjoy learning in a practical and hands-on environment that has a clear purpose.

When considering TAFE as an option, explore the course requirements including any entry requirements.

You should also consider:

  • What course would best suit your abilities and interests
  • Which TAFE institute is the best option for you
  • What costs will be involved in TAFE study and how these can be met
  • The costs of living, possibly away from home
  • The opportunities for work after completing the course.

The careers and course information centres at any TAFE can provide you with more advice on studying at TAFE.

For information about finding a VET course that suits you, go to the Victorian Skills Gateway:

www.education.vic.gov.au/victorianskillsgateway/Pages/home.aspx


TAFE

Technical and Further Education (TAFE) courses are designed to help students to develop vocational skills to become job ready and provide a pathway to further study.

TAFEs offer training in:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Accredited Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas
  • Degree and Graduate Certificate Courses
  • Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)
  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
  • Certificate in General Education
  • Work education & transition education – disability-specific courses.

TAFE institutions often offer a wide range of student support services that may include:

  • Equal Opportunity
  • Koorie Liaison Officers
  • Pathways from TAFE to University
  • Disability Support
  • Career & Personal Counsellors
  • Fitness Centres
  • Bookshops
  • Libraries
  • Student Associations – Recreation Office
  • Childcare
  • Student Training Restaurants
  • Employment and Recruitment Services.

The Victorian Skills Gateway lists every accredited course available in Australia, go to: www.education.vic.gov.au/victorianskillsgateway


Further education at university

About 30 per cent of students go straight to university from school to do a degree or diploma course.

You can take an alternative pathway into university by transferring from recognised VET studies or taking part in bridging or foundation programs that help prepare you for university courses.

When considering university, it is important to explore the course requirements including prerequisite Year 11 and 12 subjects.

You should also consider:

  • What course would best suit your abilities and interests
  • Which university is the best option for you
  • What costs will be involved in university study and how these can be met
  • The costs of living, possibly away from home
  • The opportunities for work after graduation.

The careers and course information centres at any university can provide you with more advice on studying at university.

For more information about applying and attending university, go to:

Quality Indicators for Learning and teaching (QILT) has information to help you make an informed choice about universities and other higher education providers.


Apprenticeships and traineeships

Australian Apprenticeships (often referred to as apprenticeships or traineeships) are available to anyone of working age.

There are more than 500 occupations across Australia that offer apprenticeships and traineeships ranging from Certificate II to Advanced Diploma levels. These include traditional trades and a number of emerging occupations in most sectors of business and industry.

You do not need a VCE or other qualification to be able to do an Australian Apprenticeship. You can do an Australian Apprenticeship if you are a school leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult worker wishing to change careers. You can even begin your Australian Apprenticeship while you’re still at school finishing Years 11 and 12. This is referred to as a SBAT (School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship).

An Australian Apprentice combines on- and off-the-job training so you can earn an income while you complete a nationally recognised qualification.

The Australian Government provides funding to eligible Australian Apprentices to assist with the costs incurred while they are training. There are eligibility criteria for all funding, and some initiatives currently include Living Away From Home Allowance and the Trade Support Loans Program.

http://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/publications/trade-support-loans

When you finish your Australian Apprenticeship, you will have a nationally recognised qualification that can take you anywhere in Australia and one that is highly regarded overseas as well. Australian Apprenticeships are certainly a great way to get a head start in your chosen career or industry.

You will have many options for your future to think about and choose from.

Read about the real-life success stories of Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors

For further information, read the Australian Apprenticeships – A Great Career Option brochure


Funding for education and training

Fees for training vary depending on the course or qualification, and whether you are taking up a government-subsidised place or are paying as a fee-for-service student. You will need to get information directly from the training provider about the fees for your selected course.

The rules covering fees for government-subsidised educational and vocational training places are the same, whether your provider is a TAFE institute, a university, a Learn Local organisation, or a private training provider.

Before you enrol in a course, you should expect to be told:

  • What you will have to pay, itemised as a list
  • About any concessions that may apply and what evidence you need to receive a concession
  • About any conditions that may apply to refunds.

All providers must charge fees in accordance with the VET funding contracts (scroll down to find the current fees guidelines): Guidelines about Fees

If you are eligible for a government subsidised place, the government will cover some of the cost of the course and you will have to pay the rest. Additional costs may also apply, such as student services and amenities fees. There are no restrictions on what fee providers can charge. For more information, go to:

www.education.vic.gov.au/training/learners/vet/pages/funding.aspx

www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/Studying+%26+Training/Assistance+While+Studying/Paying+for+your+course

 

VET Fee-Help

VET Fee-Help is an Australian Government student loan scheme for Vocational Education and Training.

It is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) and assists eligible students in Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma courses. It covers all or part of your tuition costs with a student loan. Loan repayments are not made until you are earning a certain level of income.

The scheme is available at RTOs approved by the Australian Government. To find out more, call 1800 020 108 or go to Study Assist:

http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/StudyAssist/News/Documents/VET%20FEE-HELP%20Launch%20Factsheet.pdf

 

HECS-HELP

The HECS-HELP scheme is most common funding option for domestic students studying in Australia. This is a government loan that allows students to defer payment of their course until a later date. This gives more students the opportunity to study without the pressure of upfront payment.      

For more information on HECS-HELP, go to: www.studyassist.gov.au/sites/studyassist/helppayingmyfees/hecs-help/pages/hecs-help-welcome

 

Youth Allowance Scheme

If you are a young person who is studying, training or undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship, looking for work, or sick, the Youth Allowance Scheme can help. For more information, go to the Australian Government Department of Human Services Youth Allowance website:

http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/youth-allowance


Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, and the number of scholarships awarded each year varies for each school and university. They are offered to primary, secondary and tertiary students and range in value.

They are generally awarded to students who:

  • Demonstrate academic achievement
  • Demonstrate participation in their school and local community
  • Are in financial need. This is determined by the parents/guardians being in receipt of a Health Care Card, a Low Income Health Care Card, a Pensioner Concession Card or the students themselves receiving the Youth Allowance. Proof of eligibility is required for these concessions.

Scholarships are normally open to applicants at particular stages of their schooling, regardless of their background. Selection criteria also vary according to the scholarship and can include:

  • An examination for an academic scholarship
  • An audition for a music scholarship
  • A folio or a project for a scholarship for art or science.

Schools and universities will usually interview scholarship candidates as part of the selection procedure, and take into consideration students’ school reports, testimonials and samples of work.

There are also scholarships connected to industry.

 

Scholarships for school students

If you want information about scholarships offered by government and independent schools in Victoria, go to:

www.eduweb.vic.gov.au/scholarships/

www.studyassist.gov.au/sites/studyassist/scholarshipsandawards/pages/scholarships-and-awards

www.www.goodschools.com.au/financing-your-childs-education/scholarships?gclid=CK-hkbK-vMECFZcnvQod8VcADw

www.dhs.vic.gov.au/for-individuals/financial-support/scholarships/student-scholarships-program

Click here for a full list of scholarships available

Tertiary scholarships

All universities in Victoria have scholarship programs to support tertiary education. To find out about individual universities scholarship programs, go to:

www.futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/admissions/scholarships

www.monash.edu.au/study/scholarships/

www.rmit.edu.au/scholarships

www.latrobe.edu.au/scholarships/

www.latrobe.edu.au/scholarships/la-trobe-access-scholarship

www.vu.edu.au/study-with-us/scholarships

www.deakin.edu.au/study-at-deakin/scholarships-and-awards

www.federation.edu.au/students/getting-started-at-feduni/scholarships

 

Industry scholarships/sponsorships

An industry scholarship is a collaborative method of combining classroom-based education with practical industry experience. An industry scholarship can give you a competitive advantage in the job market. There are many scholarships available in industry, so to get more information, go to:

www.defencejobs.gov.au/education/universitysponsorship/

www.rirdc.gov.au/research-programs/rural-people-issues/horizon-scholarship

www.appea.com.au/industry-in-depth/policy/skills/appea-scholarships/

www.dairyaustralia.com.au/People-and-skills/Scholarships-and-awards/Dairy-Manufacturing-Scholarship.aspx

www.agrifoodcareers.com.au/home.php?id=4

www.acn.edu.au/nahsss

www.dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/australia-awards/pages/australia-awards-scholarships.aspx

www.esf.com.au/volunteers.html


Qualifications framework

The Senior Secondary Certificate of Education qualifies individuals with knowledge, skills and values for diverse pathways to further learning, work and effective participation in civic life

AQF Level 1 – Certificate I

A Certificate I qualifies individuals with basic functional knowledge and skills to undertake work, further learning and community involvement.

AQF Level 2 – Certificate II

A Certificate II qualifies individuals to undertake mainly routine work and as a pathway to further learning.

AQF Level 3 – Certificate III

A Certificate III qualifies individuals who apply a broad range of knowledge and skills in varied contexts to undertake skilled work and as a pathway for further learning.

AQF Level 4 – Certificate IV

A Certificate IV qualifies individuals who apply a broad range of specialised knowledge and skills in varied contexts to undertake skilled work and as a pathway for further learning.

AQF Level 5 – Diploma

A Diploma qualifies individuals who apply integrated technical and theoretical concepts in a broad range of contexts to undertake advanced skilled or paraprofessional work and as a pathway for further learning.

AQF Level 6 – Advanced Diploma

An Advanced Diploma qualifies individuals who apply specialised knowledge in a range of contexts to undertake advanced skilled or paraprofessional work and as a pathway for further learning.

Associate Degree

An Associate Degree qualifies individuals who apply underpinning technical and theoretical knowledge in a range of contexts to undertake paraprofessional work and as a pathway for further learning.

AQF Level 7 – Bachelor Degree

A Bachelor Degree qualifies individuals who apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge in a range of contexts to undertake professional work and as a pathway for further learning.

AQF Level 8 – Bachelor Honours Degree

A Bachelor Honours Degree qualifies individuals who apply a body of knowledge in a specific context to undertake professional work and as a pathway for research and further learning.

Graduate Certificate

A Graduate Certificate qualifies individuals who apply a body of knowledge in a range of contexts to undertake professional or highly skilled work and as a pathway for further learning.

Graduate Diploma

A Graduate Diploma qualifies individuals who apply a body of knowledge in a range of contexts to undertake professional or highly skilled work and as a pathway for further learning.

AQF Level 9 – Masters Degree

There are three main forms of Masters Degrees within the Masters Degree qualification type: the Masters Degree (Research), the Masters Degree (Coursework) and the Masters Degree (Extended).

A Masters Degree qualifies individuals who apply an advanced body of knowledge in a range of contexts for research and scholarship and as a pathway for further learning.

AQF Level 10 – Doctoral Degree

A Doctoral Degree qualifies individuals who apply a substantial body of knowledge to research, investigate and develop new knowledge, in one or more fields of investigation, scholarship or professional practice.

 

For more information on the qualifications framework in Australia, go to: www.aqf.edu.au/aqf/in-detail/aqf-qualifications