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Year 12 – WHAT NEXT?

If you are avoiding making a decision about what to do in 2018 it is probably time to take a look at your options.

This simple summary of the main choices available to West Australian school leavers can help you to clarify your decision.

I have the information summarized in a chart which I am happy to send to you if you message me.

Year 12 What Next?Career Advice

You can ignore making a decision about what to do in 2018 but next year will not stop coming just because you ignore it.

ACTION

If you are not clear about what to do in 2018 get help.

  • See your school career counsellor.
  • Get free advice from the Careers Centre in Forrest Place Perth or in regional centres.
  • Each Western Australian university and TAFE College has free career counselling. You are under no obligation to enrol at the place where you get your counselling.
  • Consult a private career planner.

Youth Allowance and Scholarships

Your decision to study may depend on finances. If you are 18 – 24 and you have supported yourself for 18 months you MAY qualify for Youth Allowance.

ACTION

Check the Youth Allowance site to see if there are any benefits that you are eligible for. There is an Ask for Help button which could save you hours trying to get through on the phone. If you need to leave home to study don’t forget to ask about travel allowance.

Also check for financial assistance on the Good Universities Guide site HERE.

There are scholarships for so many purposes, not just academic excellence and they are often only available when you start university or TAFE. Search online for scholarships in your field.  The Good Universities Guide tries to capture most scholarships on its site.

Ask your career advisor for help searching for scholarships.

Spot the Difference

If you want to study in 2018 deciding on uni or TAFE will be a good start. Guess which fashion course is at Curtin University and which is at South Metropolitan TAFE.

In this (course) you will focus on the relationship between garment and body, using a theoretical and contextual framework for understanding national and international trends and the cultural significance and practice of fashion design. In our course you’ll learn how to produce a unique range of garments and accessories for the marketplace. You’ll gain fashion illustration and drawing skills and learn about digital design, pattern making and garment construction.

If you thought the first one was Curtin you are right. University has a more theoretical approach to learning while TAFE has a more practical focus. Pick the learning style that suits you best for 2018.

Uni Pathway

Very few people have a clear idea of what they want to do at university. If you want to start university in 2018 but are not exactly sure what course or subjects to take, apply the same thinking you used in Year 10 when choosing WACE subjects to keep your opportunities open.

ACTION

  • Talk to your school career counsellor about what course to apply for and subjects to take.
  • Go to see a career planner at one or two universities to clarify what course and subjects you wish to take.
  • Decide on your top choices.
  • Apply to your chosen university either via TISC or via Notre Dame or your chosen university.

Unsure about Uni for 2018

If you MIGHT want to go to uni in 2018 APPLY through TISC. If you get offered a place you can accept and DEFER for a year.

ACTION

  • Read Is the Uni Bus Right for You?
  • See a career planner.
  • Apply for a course at your chosen university via the normal TISC or direct application process
  • When you get an offer contact your university to hold your offer and defer it to 2019.

Alternative Pathway to Uni

If you want to go to uni in 2018 but don’t get the required ATAR score there are many alternative pathways you can take.

Some universities will consider your current scores if you have a year between leaving school and starting university. They consider that the break can result in you gaining maturity that will help you to succeed at university.

ACTION

  • Contact me and I will send the latest WA information on alternative pathways at all WA universities including TAFE colleges.
  • See a career planner at the university or training college of your choice.
  • Decide on your best option.
  • Apply for the alternative pathway of your choice.

TAFE Course

If you are clear about what TAFE course you want to take in 2018 contact your chosen college to enrol. Full time TAFE enrolments open on 1st September.

ACTION

  • Talk to your school career counsellor about what course to apply for and subjects to take.
  • Check out North Metro TAFE courses HERE and South Metro TAFE courses HERE
  • Go to see a career counsellor at TAFE to clarify what course and subjects you wish to take. Ask the counsellor to advise you about courses that are subsidised by government because of skills shortages. These courses are on the State Priority Occupation List (SPOL) and are cheaper than many other courses.
  • Decide which course to enrol in.
  • Apply for a place in your chosen course. Check the college website for online applications.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Getting an apprenticeship or traineeship is like getting a job.

ACTION

  • Get the apprentice job search app here. That will help you to find your local Group Training Provider in WA.
  • Get help from your school career advisor to prepare your CV ready for job applications.
  • Get references from school before you leave and get copies of them. Get the correct title and contact details of those at school who give you a reference.
  • Ask your family and friends if they know of any apprentice opportunities.
  • Search for apprenticeship opportunities on sites like Indeed, Jora and Seek.
  • There is a list of apprenticeship mentor services that can lead to you getting an apprenticeship. Contact me for the latest list.
  • Ask your local TAFE if they have any pre apprenticeship programs. They can be tricky to get into as demand is always high. Employers often contact their local TAFE to find a good employee to take on as an apprentice.

Gap Year

The Victorian Government provides free unbiased advice about taking a Gap Year HERE.

Finally

If you are sick of trying to find your way through the maze of options call me to discuss a career counselling session. Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au of M: 0434056412


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Cracking the TAFE Word Code

Plain English is NOT a language people in training use. I worked in training for years and still have trouble understanding what on earth they are on about half the time. Cloud wordsThese are some of the words you will hear when talking about training. I hope the explanations help you to crack the TAFE word code.

Training Words

Word Meaning
Certificate I This is entry level training that gives foundation skills. Anyone who graduates from high school will have qualifications above Cert I
Certificate II Entry level for many vocational occupations. Graduates of Cert II will have a basic understanding of the job.
Certificate III This is getting into the vocation with much more skill. A licensed electrician has a Cert III and it usually takes 4 years to complete the apprenticeship.
Certificate IV This is getting into management roles. A Cert IV holder will have sound skills in a vocational area and have enough knowledge of the industry to start exercising sound judgement and solve problems.
Diploma Diplomas demonstrate high level of specialised vocational knowledge and skills in an industry. Workers may choose to study a Diploma in order to gain management skills for a vocation. The high level of competence of diploma holders is often recognised by universities which award credit for study in a degree program.
Advanced Diploma Graduates at this level will have broad knowledge and be highly skilled for work in a vocation. These are high level vocational skills. The knowledge can usually be transferred to academic qualifications like a bachelor’s degree.
RPL Recognition of Prior Learning. You can apply to have skills you learned in the workplace recognised in order to get a qualification.
RTO Registered Training Organisation. A college that is registered by government to deliver certified training. It could be a TAFE (government) college or a private company.
SPOL State Priority Occupation List. This list shows government where there will be skills shortages and therefore where it should give the greatest subsidies for courses.
TAFE Technical and Further Education – This often gets used to describe training e.g. “I go to TAFE” meaning I am doing a training course. You may also hear the word “tech” used in the same way.

It is also a word to describe a government training organisation. e.g. South Metro TAFE

VET  Vocational Education and Training. This is often used by people in the training industry. Students would probably say they are doing a “TAFE” course rather than doing a “VET” course.
Apprenticeships and Traineeships Apprenticeships tend to be in traditional trades like plumbing and traineeships are in non-trade areas like business.

They both involve:

–        a combination of work and study.

–        finding an employer who is willing for you to go to college 1 day per week or in blocks of study a couple of times a year

–        getting on the job training

–        getting paid a training wage while you get your qualification

Pre Apprenticeship A pre-apprenticeship is a Certificate II program that includes a period of workplace experience coordinated by a training provider. The aim is to provide you with industry specific training, combined with adequate time in a real workplace to gain skills, knowledge and behaviours to enable transition into a full apprenticeship.

 A pre apprenticeship is often a pathway to an apprenticeship as employers call lecturers and ask them to recommend a good student to employ.

TIPS for getting a pre apprenticeship:

When applying for a Pre Apprenticeship you may need to do an interview. Take along photos of your work in a portfolio to impress the interview panel. Dress in the sort of clothes they would wear to work, office clothes for an office job, and smart casual for a building trade.

Sporting and volunteer experience as well as school results and industry experience will help to impress the panel.

 Places in pre apprenticeships are usually limited so you should prepare well for the interview.

Group Training Organisation Group training organisations are employers of apprentices and trainees.

They were started up when there was a shortage apprenticeships and traineeships. Their role was to coordinate a group of small businesses who may have been able to employ an apprentice plumber for example for one day per week.

By hiring an apprentice and coordinating their work across a number of employers the number of people able to gain a qualification increased.

Today apprentices and trainees may be employed by a group training organisation and find themselves employed full time with one employer who prefers to have all of the government papers and qualifications managed by an expert organisation.

Unit A course is made up of a number of units. A unit is a block of skills grouped together within a course.

 For example, there is a Certificate I Business Communications course made up of 6 Units including the Unit Apply basic communication skills.

Competency A competency is a skill you are required to learn. It is made up of an element of competency and performance criteria.

 e.g. Element Identify workplace communication procedures.

 Performance Criteria Identify appropriate lines of communication with supervisors and colleagues

 


2017 Apprenticeships

“I like to think our floor cleaners are amazing.”

Getting an apprenticeship at Hofmann Engineering would be like winning lotto. Care for ALL employees, excellent training and opportunities to work in a world class company are part of the package.

Applications for 2017 Close on 4th November 

Hofmann Engineering is based in Ashfield and employ 600 people around the world. They sell steel machinery to China, supply machinery to the mining industry and do detailed precision work like refining parts for Collins-class submarines and fighter jets.

Hofmann apprentices are required to undertake a Diploma in Engineering as part of their apprenticeship.

FREE: I am happy to read your application before you send it in. 

For More Information contact: Hofmann Engineering Ph: 08 92795522 Email.hofmann@hofmannengineering.com  or see www.hofmannengineering.com

Early registration of interest and questions are welcome.

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VETinfoNet Website Decommissioned

From 1 July, VETinfoNet information will be available on the Department of Training and Workforce Development’s website. Information is aimed at professional educators and trainers rather than students.

VET in Schools information will be available in the Employees and Students section.

TAFE WEbsite

 

 


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VET Priority Courses Updated Today

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The WA government subsidises training for 150 courses where there is a skills shortage. These courses are cheaper than others and you are more likely to find a job when you are qualified.

Future Skills WA will guarantee eligible students a State Government subsidised training place in these courses in Western Australia.

With some TAFE courses now costing around $10,000, it is worth seeing if you can do a cheaper, subsidised course that is close to your first choice.

 


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CSIRO Indigenous Traineeships

Fullscreen capture 15062016 34033 PM.bmpOpportunities have opened for Indigenous Traineeships and Cadetships at CSIRO sites across Australia.

There are jobs on country as well as office jobs.

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The traineeships are for people who are starting their careers, or for those commencing a brand new career. They combine employment with structured on the job training. On completion of the qualification, trainees may be considered for ongoing employment with CSIRO.

Indigenous cadetships

Cadetship placements are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are enrolled full-time in their first undergraduate degree course.  If you are about to commence your degree they would like to hear from you.

Find out how you can get to work at Australia’s peak scientific organisation by going to the Indigenous Traineeship and Cadetship site. 

 

 


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What’s On This Week

25 May 6pm  ECU Year 10 Parent Information Evening – ECU Mt Lawley

ECUFind out what subjects to take in your WACE.

ECU will explain to you what subjects are recommended for the field you want to enter. AND you will find out strategies for success.

This information will help you to make better decisions even if you have no idea what you want to do when you leave school.

26 May 6pm International Future Student Information Evening ECU Mt Lawley 

If you are an international student visa or temporary resident visa and thinking about university study this information is important for you. Find out about courses, fees, scholarships, the application process and advanced standing for students studying a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

26 May Commerce Information Evening

Learn more about Curtin’s Bachelor of Commerce, including the wide range of business specialisations, industry connection, innovative teaching facilities and internship opportunities by attending out Commerce Information Evening.

Lance Twomey Lecture Theatre. Building 408 (Bentley Campus) 6.30pm – 7.30pm

28 May 9am – 3pm Muresk Open Day

Muresk Open DayThis Open Day is getting bigger and more fun each year. Find how to transition from school to a future that you love.

TAFE colleges and universities are exhibiting their courses for Semester 2 and for 2017.

Career advisors, lecturers, students and industry representatives will be available to talk to.

Displays and demonstrations include: