Coast TAFE colleges rate highly

NORTH Coast TAFE is kicking goals, making its stud- ents happy – and also making them highly employ- able.

A 2009 survey of thousands of graduates from registered training organisations across Australia found 90.4 per cent of students from our region’s TAFE colleges were satisfied with the overall quality of the training, and 87.4pc were employed or in further study after training.

One such success story is Cassie Taylor, 21, of Alstonville, who last year bowled over a certificate II and certificate III in business administration and went on to land a job soon after graduation.

She could have spread the two qualifications across two years, but Ms Taylor said: “I wanted to get it done as quickly as possible, so I knuckled down.

“It was a heavy workload, but I got there in the end and it was worth it,” she said.

In 2007, her first year out of high school, Ms Taylor did a full-time, year-long course in tourism at Wollongbar TAFE.

She decided against working in tourism and spent 2008 in retail and child-care jobs.

Last year she realised she wanted to further her education and applied to Lismore TAFE. She said she had enjoyed her time there and had liked the slightly informal atmosphere, in which she felt comfortable to ask teachers questions.

One of them had also coached her in the best way to land a job, including putting a résumé together and how best to respond to interview questions.

Ms Taylor is now doing admin duties at Jarjum Aboriginal Centre in East Lismore, and is about to tackle book-keeping duties, the prospect of which was ‘a little bit scary’, she said.

Director of North Coast TAFE, Elizabeth McGregor, said: “We’re delighted because both these figures are higher than the national ave- rage for all TAFE organisations, and either higher or pretty well equal to the average for all vocational education and training providers in Australia, private or public.

“We were also happy that we had improved on our 2007 results, particularly in employment outcomes.

“Our graduates are over two percentage points more likely to move from unemployment to a job than those of other providers, public or private, in NSW.”

In a region that had been consistently identified as having one of Australia’s highest unemployment rates, ‘we think that is a very encouraging outcome’, Ms McGregor said.

The survey was conducted by the Adelaide-based Nat- ional Centre for Vocational Education and Research.

  •  90.4pc of North Coast TAFE graduates were satisfied with the overall quality of their training.
  •  87.4pc were employed or in further study after training.
  •  North Coast TAFE graduates are 2pc more likely to move from unemployment to a job than those of other education providers.

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