Why TAFE - VET facts
Be whatever you want to be
It doesn't matter what stage you're at, your next step is right here! Your career is a series of steps and decisions throughout your life but one of the best decisions you can make is to continually be learning. With over 1200 courses across a wide variety of industries and professions, TAFE NSW is here to help you succeed.
Still in high school? We have specialised programs that can give you a head start with work or can count towards your HSC. If you've finished school, we also offer vocational courses and higher education degrees, plus our tertiary preparation courses are an ideal pathway to graduate qualifications through TAFE NSW or university.
Apprenticeships and traineeships combine paid work and structured training that lead to a nationally recognised qualification. Anyone can become an apprentice or trainee at any age - as long as you have an employer to take you on. TAFE NSW offers recognised apprenticeship and traineeship programs, so talk to us about your next steps.
TAFE NSW delivers classes in a dynamic small-class environment with access to modern facilities and world-class teachers. Students will be equipped with practical skills and knowledge, gain strong employer connections and be-job ready upon completion of their course.
Learn from the experts – where and when you want!
TAFE NSW courses are taught by a staff of world-class teachers recognised for their experience and depth of current industry knowledge. If you study at one of our 130 locations across NSW you'll get access to top industry training facilities and state-of-the-art classrooms, plus great student services. If you prefer to study online, you can connect with your teacher and classmates in a virtual classroom, whenever and wherever you like.
If you prefer to learn on the job, our teachers can come to you. Assignments are based on your job position and your previous work experience could also count towards completing your qualification faster.
Studying with us is an affordable investment in your future
If you are enrolled in an eligible STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) course, NSW Government 'Smart and Skilled' support may be able to help fund your full qualification with a Jobs of Tomorrow scholarship. Flexible payment options and VET Student Loans may also be available to help domestic students cover full-fee paying courses, plus there may be specially reduced fees for NSW apprentices and trainees.
When you enrol at TAFE NSW, you pay a tuition fee to cover the cost of your qualification. Fees payable will vary depending on your personal circumstances, study history and the course you choose. Some courses attract government subsidies while others have full ‘Fee for Service’ costs. You may also be eligible for a scholarship to help cover the cost of your training.
Studying with TAFE NSW for future opportunities
TAFE NSW has over 25,000 connections to employers statewide, from small businesses through to global corporations, with industry partnerships, apprenticeships, career services, course development and enterprise collaborations.
Our CareerConnect service is used by more than 5,000 employers seeking to recruit current students and recent graduates. Last year, 84.2% of TAFE NSW graduates gained a job or went on to further study. Many of our students get a job before they even graduate!
TAFE NSW continues to produce excellent outcomes for its students and for the economy, producing highly skilled job-ready graduates with salary and employment outcomes comparable to - and sometimes surpassing - those of university graduates.
Your career area statistics
It’s important to have confidence when you are planning your career and education. Career- and industry-related statistics quoted on this website are sourced from the below:
- NSW Skills list: The courses subsidised under Smart and Skilled.
- Job Outlook: Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. These figures should be used as a guide only.
- Artfacts - Music: Art Facts is the home for statistics about Australian arts.
- CAE Airline Pilot Demand Outlook 2017: Airline Pilot Demand, 10-year outlook at a glance.
- Ibis world: Tourism - Australia Market Research Report
- National industry insights
- Deloitte: The future of work Occupational and education trends in nursing and healthcare in Australia Prepared by Deloitte Access Economics, February 2018
- Fashionista: Is a trusted source of fashion news, criticism and career advice with a monthly readership of more than 2.5 million.