WHY OUR REGION’S STUDENTS NEED TO LOOK BEYOND UNIVERSITY

Thursday, 30 November 2017

MEMBER for Northern Tablelands and Minister responsible for TAFE NSW Adam Marshall today said the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey had made a compelling case for students and their parents to look to Vocational Education and Training (VET) if their ultimate aim is to get a job.

“Students in the region should be seriously considering the VET path for their future through TAFE NSW to get the skills they need for a job and a successful career for their future,” Mr Marshall said.

“Instead of going to university and graduating with a large debt and a long search for employment, students can elect to study at TAFE NSW and benefit from the wide range of subsidies the NSW Government provides for them to get the skills they need to get a job now.

“There is a huge skills need in our region and the State at the moment and that is why the graduate employment rate of VET students who train as part of a trade apprenticeship is as high as 92 per cent, according to the Skilling Australia report.

“This is why the NSW Government is investing in TAFE NSW here in the region with four new Connected Learning Centres to provide even more opportunities for local students to get the training they need for employment.

“Local students seeking the skills and training they need to secure a job should look no further than TAFE.”

The 2017 Graduate Outcomes Survey, by the Social Research Centre, shows only 67.5 per cent of 2014 university graduates found work within four months.

It also found students are taking longer than ever to complete their degrees, with only two thirds of students finishing their bachelor degrees within six years.

The NSW Government has opened four new TAFE NSW Connected Learning Centres in the region in Glen Innes, Tenterfield, Quirindi and Coonabarabran, which are all taking enrolments for Semester One 2018.

To view the huge range of TAFE NSW courses on offer visit www.tafensw.edu.au/TAFENSW/Courses

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