Providing athletes with flexible study options and alternative career pathways are the aims of a new education program.
The Elite Athlete TAFE Network (EATN) offers programs that enable athletes to successfully manage the demands of a high-performance sport while studying at TAFE.
The EATN, a collaboration between the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and TAFE Directors Australia, assists athletes looking to pursue an applied education or vocational pathway.
It has been developed in response to feedback from athletes which shows they want applied education and skills training that is flexible, incorporates online study and is connected to employment.
During National Skills Week (24-30 August 2020) the AIS will be showcasing vocational education and training (VET) and the career pathways on offer and highlighting benefits such as flexible study and connections to employers.
A series of online presentations will cover topics including:
- What is VET and will it be right for me?
- The best VET courses and subjects for you and studying remotely
- Can apprenticeships or traineeships work for elite athletes?
These pre-recorded videos can be viewed on the AIS website.
Selected TAFEs throughout Australia, including TAFE SA, are members of the EATN and offer specialised support to participants such as providing an Athlete Coordinator to streamline services.
The AIS says TAFE’s nationally recognised qualifications are ideal for athletes who often have to relocate for training or competition requirements.
The EATN is part of the AIS’s career and education program, which aims to help athletes learn, thrive and contribute to the community during their sporting careers and beyond.
For more information about the EATN at TAFE SA, please contact Sarah Tziortzis on (08) 8417 0512.