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TAFE Queensland is Queensland’s largest, most experienced training provider. It delivers practical, work-relevant training across a range of industries from entry-level certificates to bachelor’s degrees, at more than 50 locations in the Sunshine State.

With a wide variety of industry areas to study, learners of all backgrounds can develop new professional skills, build on existing ones or retrain and upskill for new employment opportunities at TAFE Queensland. Innovative study areas best exemplify the “TAFE Queensland edge” — we take a closer look at several to find out more about how they prepare students for a range of personal and professional opportunities.

Automotive

From autonomous vehicles to alternative fuel sources, the automotive sector is going through rapid advancements with the many technological breakthroughs happening today. At TAFE Queensland, practical and industry-linked courses — such as automotive performance, heavy automotive industries and light automotive — let students take advantage of this new frontier.

Building and construction

Over the next five years, as many as 69,000 job openings for qualified carpenters and joiners are expected, according to the Australian Government’s Job Outlook service. Take advantage of this and stand out from the competition with a Certificate III in Carpentry from TAFE Queensland. In this course, you will learn how to construct, install, finish and repair structures and fixtures for residential, commercial and industrial developments.

Australia is in need of qualified professionals with advanced technical skills in building and construction too — a gap TAFE Queensland is ready to fill with its Building Design and Interior Design courses. What sets these apart from their competitors’? According to Donna Dollie, a mother and former administrator currently pursuing diplomas in Building Design and Interior Design, it’s the “phenomenal” support offered by the training provider. “I’ve never felt truly at ease thinking about going back into any form of study, but at TAFE Queensland, I feel at home. The lecturers are extremely approachable and that’s what’s getting me through — that we have so much support,” Dollie shares.

Hospitality and cookery

For aspiring chefs and hospitality connoisseurs, this study area is the launchpad to careers in five-star hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants. Cookery courses offered here include baking, patisserie and general cookery — each develops students into professional chefs with the skills and knowledge to prepare and present food to the highest standards. “I chose to study with TAFE Queensland as it is highly reputable. The technical skills that I’ve learned have helped me a lot,” enthuses Commercial Cookery student Jiyeong Maeng from South Korea, who landed a work placement at HOTA, Home of the Arts.

Hospitality students at TAFE Queensland get to practise at on-campus training restaurants, attending to real customers and gaining hands-on experiences that help them acquire management positions in hotels, casinos, clubs and restaurants.

“My placement really helps me in my studies because I learn a lot from different chefs with different ways of doing things,” shares Commercial Cookery student Christelle Roxas from the Philippines. Both Roxas and her classmate, Selence Su from Taiwan, received the opportunity to gain immersive knowledge at the Fantauzzo hotel in Brisbane.

Technology, information and networking

The Cyber Security courses develop professionals who are capable of protecting organisations of all sectors from digital attacks, an occupation that is in high demand today. “I do feel like TAFE Queensland is setting me up better than other avenues would have, because I’m gaining such practical experience and hands-on knowledge with the tools the industry is currently using. They’re offering curricular activities like the cyber challenge where you can really apply your knowledge to a real world task and see how you can perform,” shares Certificate IV in Cyber Security student Daniel Schwass.

Much like the Cyber Security courses, TAFE’s lineup of programmes in technology — including IT Networking and Software and Website Development — are equally as future-focused.

“I wanted to do a short course which could cover everything in a year, and I came across a course at TAFE and the curriculum was designed perfectly. It’s been easy to develop friends and networks here. I’m doing an internship at the moment with SecureStack — they liked what I was doing at TAFE because it was practical,” shares Diploma of Software Development student Abedin Poonawala from India.

Vocational opportunities

With links to many industry partners, it’s easy for international students to be future-ready through its many and varied Vocational Placements. SecureStack’s founder Paul McCarty recruits from TAFE Queensland simply because its students are hungry and skilled with technical knowledge. “I’m certainly going to continue to do this and I suggest other people do so as well. It’s a win for TAFE Queensland and it is certainly a win for SecureStack,” he shares.

Practical courses, thorough guidance, placement programmes — at TAFE Queensland, it’s a methodical approach that prepares international students for career success. If you are interested in discovering your passion, regardless of where you are in your career trajectory, begin your journey here.

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