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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.

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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:

 

 

 


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Career Contacts for TAFE

welcome_door_glowCareers Centre

For free unbiased careers advice about all TAFE colleges and universities contact the Careers Centre which is on Level 7 in the old Perth GPO in Forrest Place.

There are 10 main Workforce Development Centres across WA, that deliver career development services from 28 sites throughout the State. 

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