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Close to 80 per cent of VET graduates were employed within
the first six months of completing their training
Some of the most successful and well-known Australians have made
their fortune bypassing university altogether. Big names like fashion
designer Alex Perry, AFL super star Adam Goodes, and even former Prime
Minister Paul Keating chose TAFE rather than university to get their start.
TAFE NSW offered them, and many other high achievers, a chance to
practice their craft, gain job-ready skills and grow in
confidence. These people have not only excelled but they've shaped Australia.
It's important to remember this. Especially today when about 75,168
young people across NSW receive their Higher School Certificate (HSC)
results. If you're one of those people figuring out what you can do
with your HSC scores today, it's worth bearing in mind that success is
more than a school report card. It's a lifelong journey.
[quote]Young people completing high school really can become anything
they want if they put their minds to it.[/quote]
Each year, for thousands of people in NSW, that journey
outside-of-school doesnt begin in university. They'll head down one of
hundreds of different career paths. Many will pick up a traditional
trade like carpentry,
Others will opt to study for a career in the growing services sector.
There's a world of opportunity now opening up to people who take up
study in fields such as nursing,
aged care, business, design, IT, childcare or sport and recreation. In
the Health and Social Assistance sector, for example, the Department
of Employment predicts there will be an additional
178,087 jobs by November 2017.
As Australia's population ages, many of these employment
opportunities will be found in the aged care or health-related industries.
The same government department suggests that the country is also on
the verge of a boom in the arts and recreation sector, with the
nation's growing appetite for trim and healthy bodies driving demand
for more personal health and fitness trainers.
Opportunities for traditional tradespeople are likely to remain
strong too, as we build and maintain more homes for a population in
NSW that is expected to reach 9.2 million by 2031, according to the
NSW Department of Planning.
These are but a few examples of the options available to people
through TAFE NSW.
While these job opportunities of today are, in some cases, different
from those of the past, the one thing that hasn't changed is the
importance of gaining skills that will help you to secure a good job.
That's one of the other big reasons people pick TAFE over other study
options. People who graduate with a Vocational Education and Training
(VET) qualification consistently perform well in the jobs market.
Figures from the National Centre for Vocational
Education Research (NCVER) show that in recent years, close to
80 per cent of VET graduates were employed within the first six months
of completing their training. Graduates from VET institutions like
TAFE can also expect to earn a decent wage. In 2013, the average
salary for VET graduates employed full-time was $56,700 a year.
Some are likely to go on to earn a great deal more, with an estimated
18,880 graduates in 2014 intending to develop an existing business or
start their own.
So, if you're weighing up your future today just remember -
university isn't the only place to find success.
Check-out TAFE NSW's extensive course range here.