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