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What is the Difference? TAFE v Uni

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Apprenticeships are the main things we know that TAFE delivers.

If you want to be a mechanic or electrician, you get an apprenticeship and go to TAFE.

But what about computer technicians, house designers, tourism operators,  agriculture and aged care workers?

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There are hundreds of jobs you can get with a TAFE qualification.

Do I need a qualification AT ALL after leaving school??

Yes….. The bottom line is that you NEED a post school qualification if you are not to take a pathway to poverty.

Statistics 1

Employers pay for knowledge and skills, but:

  • people who have a Certificate III or IV have about the same unemployment rate as people who have a degree.
  • people who have a TAFE qualification earn about the same as people who get degrees. 

Statistics 4

(Statistics from Ivan Neville, Labour Market Research and Analysis, Dept of Labour)

Spot the Difference

Guess which Fashion Course is run at Curtin and which one is run at  TAFE?

You’ll focus on the relationship between garment and body, using a theoretical and contextual framework for understanding the cultural significance and practice of fashion design and global trends.

You’ll learn the principles of design and creative studio practice; and develop skills in fabric manipulation and construction, design, pattern-making, styling and fashion illustration.

Study the enterprise skills to work in fashion business.  Computer Aided Design (CAD) patternmaking, grading and illustration facilities, world class fashion design and textile forecasting resources, over 80 specialised industrial sewing machines, and a staff of fashion industry specialists, are key to our successes with our industry relevant courses, graduate employment outcomes and recognition in the sector.

It is easy to see that the one that mentions theory is a uni course while the one that focuses on CAD and pattern making has a more practical focus.

Length of Course

TAFE

An qualified electrician (Certificate III) takes about 4 years to get their license.

A barista takes about a week to get a piece of paper saying they have a set of skills (skills set) rather than a full qualification as a chef. A course on using farm chemicals safely may take a day and you don’t need to be a qualified farmer to do the course.

The focus of the courses is always on providing the skills that industry needs for a particular purpose.

Lots of TAFE courses give you credits at university. A Diploma of Work Health and Safety takes a year to complete and you will get between 6 months and a year’s credit for the Diploma if you do a degree.

Uni

A Bachelor of Science (Health, Safety and Environment) takes three years.

Cost per Course

TAFE

The maximum fee for the one year Diploma of Work Health and Safety is $2,848.50 which included tuition and resources that you may have to purchase.

TAFE Subsidies

If you do a course where there is a West Australian skills shortage, like cyber security, aged care or agriculture , your fees will be heavily subsidised by the State government.

Uni

The tuition fee for the three year Bachelor of Science degree is $8,460 (Roughly $1000/unit)

There are many scholarships available for university students.

TAFE is More Like School

When you go to TAFE you will probably go into a class of less than 25 students, a lot like a schoolroom or workshop designed to replicate what you will find in the workplace. Some TAFE courses are done entirely in the workplace. Some courses also have a significant theory component – Occupational health and safety, for example, has a lot of chemistry in the course. Veterinary nursing includes anatomy and physiology.

Uni has more Theory

Lectures are a routine teaching methodology at university. You may be in a group of 400 students in a lecture theatre as you are given information by an expert in their field. You are required to do reading on the subject BEFORE you go into the lecture. The subject of your lecture will be followed up by a tutorial or practical workshop on the subject where you can ask questions and gain more in depth knowledge.

Bev Johnson

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Author: Bev Johnson

I went to uni because my girlfriend was going to uni. I had no idea. I struggled through my degree. I struggled to avoid teaching. I struggled to find my way in the world beyond school. After washing cars and working in bars I went into marketing and then became an English teacher. It didn't stop there. I went into TAFE, then into HR, then into designing training programs for industry before going into system design and IT. At one stage I became a world expert on collaboration frameworks!! Now I am an expert in career paths from school in Western Australia. You can tap into my expertise by subscribing to my newsletter for West Australian high schools or by working with me online as we design your perfect next step. Contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or M: 0434056412

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