WHAT CAN I STUDY IN AUSTRALIA?
VOCATIONAL COURSES – VET COURSES
Australia has a wide range of educational offerings for international students depending on your personal goals. In particular, education, technical training and vocational training courses or better known as VET courses are professional development programs that allow their students to acquire skills directly related to the labor market in a specific profession.
These courses are born as part of a partnership between the government and the industry promoting the generation of professionals trained for job placement. Much of these vocational qualifications are awarded by government institutions such as Technical and Higher Education Institutions (or TAFE for its acronym in English) and also by private institutions.
In order to enter these programs, it is important to take into account that you must meet a minimum level of English of upper intermediate or Upper-intermediate. This level of English will allow you to access a wide variety of courses in whatever your area of interest is. The higher your level of English, the greater your educational, employment and immigration opportunities.
Among some of the areas of the vocational courses you can find the following:
- Management and Entrepreneurship
- Marketing and Communication
- Human Resources
- Technological information
- Hospitality: Hospitality
- Kitchen: Commercial Cookery
- Art and Design: graphic design, interior design, photography, video, music.
- Engineering and construction
- Early childhood education, childcare
- Sport: Fitness, yoga, dance
- Health: nursing, community service, care for people with disabilities, care for the elderly
- Veterinary nursing
Many of the vocational courses incorporate a period of field learning, so that you not only learn in a classroom, but also gain valuable experience in a genuine work environment. It is this real-world experience that ensures that your qualifications fully prepare you for and work in the industry of your choice.
It should be noted that Australia has many organizations that help regulate and control the quality of international education such as the Higher Education Standards and Quality Agency (TEQSA) and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). The latter is responsible for guaranteeing the quality of education for international students in VET courses.
It is important to note that the well-being of all international students, the quality of their educational experience, and the right to access up-to-date and accurate information is protected by law under the Education Services for Foreign Students (ESOS).