This year has been an exciting year, which has seen many changes in TAFE, in students’ lives.
Work Experience 2015
It appears some students are feeling the pressure to obtain their own work experience placement for 2015. Possibly a friend has found their own, but that still has to be placed on the Sustainable Partnerships form, which we required to be returned by the 14 November.
At this time there are a number of outstanding forms. Can I remind parents that Sustainable Partnerships has the role and responsibility of FINDING THE WORK EXPERIENCE PLACEMENT. Forms are now overdue. It would be appreciated if the forms be returned as soon as possible, so they can be forwarded onto Sustainable Partnerships..
A Blue Card is needed for work experience in the Child Care Industry. Download the application form at :- http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/pdf/form. Obtain it as soon as possible as there can be delays.
Recently, I introduced Year 9 students on ‘subjects related to careers’. You will find this lesson at ‘www.myfuture.edu.au’.
Students planning on a TAFE in Schools Program need to obtain a Parent/Guardian Consent form either from the TAFE itself or the school.
School Based Traineeships and Apprenticeships:-
Jessica Taylor from Community Solutions recently interviewed several of our students who have been interested in school based apprenticeships. The school nor Community Solutions promises a school based apprenticeship, however parents and students need to be proactive and continue to follow up with Community Solutions, after interviews, as to the availability of the traineeships.
The following have been advertised recently including: a Certificate III in Business at the Matilda, Steve Irwin Way. A Certificate III in Hospitality through Bombay Bliss. See me at the Future Pathways Office for further information
Certificate III level FEE FREE courses
Year 12 graduates can obtain FEE FREE training at a Certificate III level in HIGH PRIORITY qualifications identified by the Qld government. Courses available to Year 12 graduates include: Community Services Work, Education Support, Aged Care, Early Childhood Education and Manufacturing Technology. Further information on fee free courses can be found at:-
A comprehensive list of high priority qualifications can be found at: http://www.training.qld.gov.au/resources/individuals/pdf/high-priority-qualifications.pdf
The Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP) at The University of the Sunshine Coast.
This is an alternative entry into tertiary study. It equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in in an undergraduate degree program.
A Year 12 student, mature age and or parent, who initially hasn’t considered tertiary education and has struggled with English in the past for example, can do the TPP course, including TPP 101.
TP101 meets the English language requirement for most USC programs. Courses completed through the TPP cannot be used for credit towards a degree.
The TPP is FEE FREE for domestic students. You could still apply to do it, even at this stage, although it would be a late application. Apply through QTAC, the code is 019901. You must be 17 years of age at the time of entry.
You can still lodge your application now with QTAC. Applications cost $130 for 2014 Year 12 students and $149 for non Year 12 applicants.
The due date to apply for the 15 January offer round is the 10 December. Offers are released via the Current Application Online Service from 9am.Offer letters will be available via this service. Course vacancies for 5 February offer rounds are available at this time.
Year 11 and 12 students embarking on tertiary studies in 2015 through this avenue, are confronted with a wide range of ‘new ways’ of doing things, including signing up for lecture and tutorial times. So what is the difference between a lecture and a tutorial?
A lecture involves a member of the academic staff presenting a course theory and concepts relating to a particular course to students. Generally students attend one lecture per course per week.
A tutorial is normally a forum for discussion and consolidation of the theory and concept relating to a particular course to students. Generally students attend one lecture per course per week. Tutorials give you the chance to practically apply course content, debate perspectives and ask questions.
Students who are accepted into Headstart for 2015 should notify me or Mr Heyworth.
Courses over the Holidays
Certificate II in Hospitality (Cafe and Barista) If you are interested in working in various hospitality settings that celebrate contemporary cafe trends and lifestyle, then this may suit. Location: Loganlea, Southbank, or Bracken Ridge Starts: 12 January 2015 ; Duration: 3 weeks .Other courses over the holiday break, available at Bracken Ridge and or Caboolture include:-
Certificate II in Hospitality (Baking)
Certificate II in Kitchen Operations
Certificate II In Events
Contact TAFE Brisbane on 13 72 48 for enrolments and costs
UQ / OP Results Evening
Monday night 22 December 22, 2014 , 4.00-7.00pm
Coinciding with the release of OP results, this event is an opportunity for Year 12 students to get valuable advice on how they can study their desired program at UQ. School leavers can speak to staff about entry requirements and pathways, attend a seminar in their desired study area and take a tour of the campus. Prospective attendees can register online for the event – visit http://youruq.com/opresults. For information, contact: Jessica Hannant, Phone: (07) 3365 1535 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://youruq.com/opresults
Year 12s: Concerned you won’t get in to your desired course?
Upgrading options are available if you don’t think you will receive the OP or rank to gain entry into your preferred course. Your OP doesn’t go out of date after you leave school; it gets converted to a rank OP or rank, you can obtain a new rank by successfully undertaking further study. At QUT Your options include completing:
• one full-time year of degree-level study with a passing grade point average of 4 (on a 7-point scale), leading to an entry rank 93
• an advanced diploma (minimum rank 93), diploma (minimum rank 87), or certificate IV (minimum rank 74) through TAFE or other accredited providers
• a TAFE/QUT dual award, which provides guaranteed entry after you successfully complete the TAFE component.
It should be noted that upgrading options are available at all Universities.
Paul Nash, Future Pathways Coordinator