The value of education has changed over time. A university degree was once a rarity and vocational education was the route taken by those who weren’t ‘academically inclined’. It was considered an alternative for those who either couldn’t complete formal education or get into a good university, or for those who were struggling to find a job. Yet there has been considerable change to Australia’s education system over the decades, and the value of vocational education is more apparent now than ever. In this changed educational landscape, how do you stand out as a recent graduate looking for work?
Benefits of Vocational Education and Training
Today we enjoy considerable choice. We have a huge range of possible careers we can pursue, with new types of job roles and duties being created all the time to service the needs of an evolving society. We can train, retrain and move between jobs with more relative ease than perhaps at any time in history. You might immediately think of university when someone mentions “tertiary education”, however vocational education is also an increasingly common and popular form of further education.
The concept and scope of Vocational Education and Training has expanded vastly in recent years. Where it was once a restricted to teaching manuals skills for trades and crafts and some more technical professions like accounting and engineering, it now includes qualifications in a broad variety of professions and industries, like retail, health and safety, marketing, project management, education, childcare, business management, human resources, administration, and more.
‘Vocational’ actually means ‘work – related’ and that’s where vocational education and training exceeds! It involves teaching the practical knowledge and skills you need to do a job well. There are no grades, just “competent” and “not-yet-competent”. Once you demonstrate you know the required skills and knowledge, you’re deemed competent. Many courses also incorporate a ‘vocational placement’ as well. This is a period of time you spend in an actual workplace, where you can develop your experience and demonstrate any practical competencies required to complete the course.
There is also a large ‘vertical’ spread of qualifications, meaning that you can pick the level of difficulty of the qualification you’d like to do. Where a Certificate I & II will prepare you to start initial work in a new field, Certificate IVs and Diplomas are quite advanced and will often allow you to pursue high level, semi-professional jobs. Specific levels of qualifications are often linked with specific job roles, so when you start your course you’ll know exactly the kind of career outcomes you can pursue at the end of it.
In many cases, Diploma and Advanced Diploma level vocational qualifications can be a pathway into university study in the same field. In fact, some universities can even offer advanced standing for your achievements in vocational training.
Types of Vocational Training Providers TAFE – Stands for “Technical and Further Education”, and is normally used to refer to a publicly-funded further education institution. TAFEs provide a range of technical and vocational education and training options including business, finance, construction, hospitality, visual arts, engineering, visual arts, information technology and community work. These organisations, commonly known as ‘TAFE institutions’ or ‘TAFE colleges’, are owned by the various state and territory governments in Australia.
Registered Training Organisation (RTO) – Vocational training organisations that are authorised to provide courses that result in qualifications and statements of attainment that are recognised and accepted Australia wide by industry, as well as other educational institutions. RTOs can be privately or publicly owned. To become an RTO, an organization must apply to the regulatory body in their state, have legal access to or own an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualification, and meet the training delivery requirements laid out in the Australian Qualifications Training Framework (AQTF). RTOs also go through an ongoing process of audits to ensure the ongoing quality and integrity of their vocational education and training.
Where does Inspire Education fit in?
Inspire Education (head office located in Brisbane, Queensland) is a privately owned Registered Training Organisation that delivers a huge range of vocational qualifications across Australia. Some of the most popular courses on offer include:
- Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
- Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety
- Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety
- Certificate IV in Financial Services (Bookkeeping)
- Certificate IV in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
- Certificate III in Children’s Services
- Diploma of Children’s Services
- Certificate III in Aged Care
These courses are all delivered online so you can study your course at your own pace. Trainers are on hand to provide support over the phone, via email and through the student-trainer messaging system. Online training is particularly popular with those looking to study without the restrictions of having to attend a specific location at a specific time, or having to learn at the (often slower) pace of a group. It’s ideal for people trying to manage study with work and other commitments, but is suitable for anyone.
Some courses, such as the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and the Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety, are also delivered through workshops held in many major Australian cities, across the country.
Getting started is as simple as picking up the phone and calling 1800 506 509 or sending an email to [email protected]!
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