TAFE NSW is easing the transition between school and higher education for young people who are the first in their family to access higher education through the delivery of a bachelor’s degree in partnership with the University of Canberra.
TAFE has long been an attractive pathway to higher education for many under-represented groups including First Nations people, mature-aged, people with a disability, and English as a second language cohorts. This is largely due to the applied nature of higher education delivery, close links with employers, real-world industry experience, smaller class sizes, and the availability of additional learning support.
Students come to study at TAFE for many different reasons, whether it be a pathway to university, the extra learning support or to gain practical experience before joining the workforce. For Certificate III in Dental Assisting student, Ayomide Afolabi, he chose to study at North Metropolitan TAFE in Western Australia to get a realistic idea of what a career in dentistry would look like and if it would be the right choice for him.
Erin Connor and Rhys Martins are living proof that studying at TAFE is not only a great way of securing your dream job, but it can also be a springboard to furthering your education at university. Erin and Rhys studied Federation TAFE’s Certificate III and Diploma of Conservation and Land Management* before enrolling in the Bachelor of Environmental and Conservation Science at Federation University.