Time for new skills

Work­ers can start study­ing now to up­skill and fill va­can­cies ahead of the class next year, by en­rolling in a course midyear at TAFE SA, Ca­reerOne Edi­tor Cara Jenkin re­ports.

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WORK­ERS want­ing to launch new ca­reers in fields with skill short­ages can start their train­ing in July when se­mes­ter two be­gins at TAFE SA.

Places are still avail­able for the midyear in­take for many cour­ses, which lead to ar­eas with staff short­ages.

The cour­ses aim to fill va­can­cies in such in­dus­tries as build­ing and con­struc­tion, fi­nan­cial ser­vices, aged care and hos­pi­tal­ity.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for all cour­ses close in two weeks.

WORK­ERS want­ing to take the first steps on a fresh ca­reer path need not wait an­other six months for the start of year, with TAFE SA’s midyear in­take about to be­gin.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are be­ing ac­cepted now into the vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion cour­ses of­fered at cam­puses in metropoli­tan and re­gional ar­eas.

About 80,000 peo­ple re­ceive a higher ed­u­ca­tion through TAFE SA cam­puses each year.

The high­est num­ber of va­can­cies in se­mes­ter-one cour­ses this year were in busi­ness man­age­ment, fi­nance and po­lice (46), pri­mary and al­lied in­dus­tries (34), hos­pi­tal­ity, tourism, events and lan­guages (17) and com­mu­nity ser­vices and health (13).

Stu­dents un­der­tak­ing cer­tifi­cates in aged care, fi­nan­cial ser­vices, con­struc­tion, hos­pi­tal­ity, in­for­ma­tion technology and en­gi­neer­ing par­tic­u­larly have strong em­ploy­ment chances when the cour­ses are com­plete be­cause of de­mand for skilled work­ers.

Ade­laide South In­sti­tute man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Stephen Con­way says em­ploy­ers are be­com­ing more op­ti­mistic as Aus­tralia shrugs off the eco­nomic slow­down. He says job prospects have im­proved and now is not too late in the year to start a new course.

‘‘Peo­ple who en­rol now can get a cer­tifi­cate-level qual­i­fi­ca­tion fin­ished by the end of the year, mean­ing they can get a head start on those leav­ing the de­ci­sion to study un­til next year,’’ Mr Con­way says.

‘‘Cour­ses from cer­tifi­cates through to ad­vanced diplo­mas and bach­e­lor de­grees can im­prove your ca­reer out­comes in a range of fields.’’

He says im­prov­ing skills through a short course or award course can give TAFE SA stu­dents the con­fi­dence to ap­ply for a new job or a pro­mo­tion.

TAFE SA Re­gional man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Denise Janek says ex­ter­nal study in ei­ther metropoli­tan and re­gional ar­eas is a pop­u­lar op­tion.

‘‘If you are ge­o­graph­i­cally iso­lated, you can study from home or work,’’ she says.

‘‘We sup­port this study with ma­te­ri­als, re­sources and reg­u­lar con­tact from ded­i­cated tu­tors.’’

Study­ing at TAFE SA helped Michelle Keech change ca­reers from aged care to lo­cal govern­ment.

‘‘I’ve made a 360-de­gree change in my ca­reer,’’ she says.

‘‘For 31⁄ years I worked with the el­derly and al­though I en­joyed it, when I was given the chance to study to be­come an en­rolled nurse, I re­alised I didn’t have the pas­sion or drive for nurs­ing.

‘‘Af­ter some re­search I de­cided to study in a com­pletely dif­fer­ent field.’’

She is com­plet­ing an arts ad­min­is­tra­tion trainee­ship through TAFE SA with the City of Un­ley, work­ing with the cul­tural devel­op­ment co-or­di­na­tor and youth devel­op­ment of­fi­cer.

Midyear TAFE SA en­rol­ments close on May 28.

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Michelle Keech, who is study­ing arts ad­min­is­tra­tion through TAFE, with artist Gavin Malone at his ex­hi­bi­tion. Pic­ture: CHRIS MANGAN

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