Applications increase as TAFE SA makes over 8000 SATAC offers to students

Jan 10, 2019

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Over 8000 students have received SATAC offers from TAFE SA to pursue study and careers in industries such as nursing, pathology, electrical and renewable energy, and children’s education and care, contributing to South Australia’s strategic social and economic priorities.

On Tuesday, TAFE SA released its main round of offers for study starting in February 2019.

TAFE SA received 12,144 applications which reflected a 2.2 per cent increase on the previous year.

At least 8133 offers have been made for students starting in Semester 1, as part of a rolling round of offers which represents a small decrease on last year’s figure.

The decrease in offers at this point in time is likely the result of a change in national entry requirements to Nursing, which is TAFE SA’s highest demand course, while some applicants in other courses are still to complete all entry requirements. TAFE SA will support applicants in the coming weeks to ensure they submit relevant documents.

Due to popular demand, a number of courses were filled to capacity.

Another two rounds of TAFE SA offers via SATAC will be released on 21 and 28 January, with rolling offers then made weekly until applications close in May 2019.

TAFE SA Interim Chief Executive Alex Reid said it was pleasing to see an increase in demand for TAFE SA courses and another high number of offers being made for Semester 1 this year.

“TAFE SA is a popular choice among South Australians who want to have flexible study options and receive training from expert lecturers that will prepare them for the workforce,” Ms Reid said.

“Our courses are developed in consultation with industry and regularly reviewed to ensure students are learning skills and techniques that are hands-on and practical, ensuring they are job ready.

“While this SATAC offer round is one of the key enrolment opportunities, there are also other avenues for students to enrol at TAFE SA, including for apprenticeships, traineeships and VET in schools.”

Among the most popular courses in 2019 are nursing, pathology, children’s education and care, business and administration, animal studies and veterinary nursing.

“We are continuing to see strong demand in courses such as nursing and children’s services, reflecting the state’s need for highly skilled workers in these areas,” Ms Reid said.

“We have also seen a jump in interest for courses such as electrical and renewable energy.

“As well as these courses, we have also introduced new courses including a Diploma Program in Simulation and Serious Games, a Certificate IV in Cyber Security, a Diploma of Social Media Marketing and an Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts (Acting).”

Over 30 new short courses have also been launched for 2019 in areas including - wine and viticulture, cookery, performing arts, fashion, conservation and land management, business administration and children’s education and care.

Ms Reid said TAFE SA’s rolling intake of applications meant students could enrol at any time of the year, and depending on the course, start their study at flexible times throughout the year.

“TAFE SA offers a wide range of courses from certificate level through to advanced diplomas, with pathways to South Australia’s three main universities,” she said.

Ms Reid added that students could feel confident in TAFE SA’s courses following a recent positive final report from ASQA after an audit conducted in 2018.

“The recent report from ASQA confirmed significant improvement at TAFE SA and the feedback proves that we are on the right path to once again being the quality benchmark for VET in the state,” Ms Reid added.

“This was a very positive outcome and would not have been achieved without the tireless dedication and commitment of staff across the organisation to implement a new quality framework in a short period of time.

“TAFE SA's continuous improvement program will ensure our education and training meets the rigorous standards of all regulatory bodies and in particular meets the expectations of our students.”

Some of the more popular qualifications leading to apprenticeships for this year are Certificate II in Construction Pathways, Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start), Certificate II in Business and Certificate II in Kitchen Operations.

The most popular apprenticeships/traineeships at TAFE SA include Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician, Certificate III in Plumbing, Certificate III in Business and Certificate II in Meat Processing (Abattoirs).

A summary of TAFE SA offers is as follows:

Number of offers - 8133

Number of qualifications offered – 666 Certificate qualifications, 223 Diploma qualifications, 67 Advanced Diploma qualifications. TAFE SA offers more than 1,000 courses each year, including a mix of VET and Higher Education qualifications and many short courses.

The Top 10 most popular courses in 2019 by first preference applications:

COURSE

NO. OF APPLICATIONS

Nursing and Pathology

1234

Children’s Education and Care

954

Business and Administration

779

Aged and Disability Services

713

Animal Studies and Veterinary Nursing

629

Community and Family Services

553

Beauty Therapy

428

Dental

396

Management

337

Electrical and Renewable Energy

303

Applications are still open for Semester 1 through SATAC to May 2019.

For course and application information, please call TAFE SA on 1800 882 661 or go to the website www.tafesa.edu.au