Why you should consider Vocational Education and Training in Australia

My future career

Vocational education and training (VET) simply refer to courses or training that are directed at a particular occupation and the skills needed to perform the occupation.

VET is gaining interest and traction in recent years. In July 2020, Xinhua, an online news portal reported that the Chinese central government has allocated 25.71 billion yuan (about 3.68 billion U.S. dollars) to boost vocational education for 2020, an increase of 8.4 percent from the previous year.1

It is important to note that VET quality may differ from country to country. Australia’s VET sector is a partnership between governments and industry. VET qualifications are provided by government institutions, called Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions, as well as private institutions. Australian governments (federal and state) provide funding, develop policies, and contribute to regulation and quality assurance of the sector. Industry and employer groups contribute to training policies and priorities, and in developing qualifications that deliver skills to the workforce.2

Like “studying with the experts”

As the Study in Australia website puts it, VET is like “studying with the experts”. VET teaching staff are not just industry-aware, but have actual experience in their fields of expertise – maintaining the currency of their knowledge, and modifying their courses to reflect changing industry focus and needs. And that means you learn not only the theory, but also the reality of the subjects you’re studying.2

Vocational education and training (VET) qualifications

VET qualifications are outcome-based and focus on the occupational skills and competencies gained. The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognises prior learning or current competence in the industry. This makes credit transfer easier and offers students flexible learning pathways. Qualifications range across four levels of certificates (Certificate I, II, III and IV), as well as Diploma courses and Advanced Diploma courses.2

Your VET course will broaden your skills in a specialised area that teaches you the practical experience you’ll need for the workplace. It will train you to design, plan, and execute the practical and technical aspects of your field in an industry context.2

Listed below are the qualifications and possible career outcomes of Australian VET courses:2

Certificate I
  • Duration – 4 to 6 months
  • Career outcome – Competent operator
Certificate II
  • Duration – About 1 year
  • Career outcome – Advanced operator
Certificate III
  • Duration – About 1 year
  • Career outcome – Qualified tradesperson or technician
Certificate IV
  • Duration – 12 to 18 months
  • Career outcome – Supervisor
Diploma
  • Duration – 18 to 24 months
  • Career outcome – Para-professional
Advanced Diploma
  • Duration – 24 to 36 months
  • Career outcome – Junior manager

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