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TAFE Queensland equips students with international insight and experiences

Vocational school is constantly updating its programmes to offer competencies needed in any country or industry

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 September, 2017, 5:15pm
UPDATED : Friday, 22 September, 2017, 5:15pm

Companies are increasingly looking for people who can work in multidisciplinary, multicultural and multilocational environments. Recognising that people with a global perspective become more successful in modern workplaces, leading Australian vocational school TAFE Queensland is constantly updating its programmes to offer competencies needed in any country or industry.

“Research shows that people today will have five to six major careers in their lifetime, so we train for global needs,” says Janelle Chapman, director of TAFE Queensland International. “It’s not just about Brisbane or Queensland or Australia, but we train people to be able to work anywhere across the globe.”

More than a pathway to university, students veritably go through an international experience at TAFE Queensland through its outbound mobility tours. Offering customised training programmes to large corporate players such as Ramsay Health Care and Star Entertainment Group, TAFE Queensland provides the same high level of support and rigour, and develops the most appropriate programmes for students, companies and industries in Australia and beyond.

“We work with other institutions in developing courses that boost specific proficiencies, but more importantly, we collaborate with industry leaders to train students to be employable anywhere,” says Gary Kinnon, general manager, TAFE Queensland Brisbane.

TAFE nurtures job-ready graduates through three training components: a classroom period with highly skilled trade practitioners as trainers; a simulated work practice mimicking activities within various industries; and an actual job training placement programme.

Combining practical and conceptual methods, TAFE Queensland designs programmes for the Queensland College at the Shanghai Second Polytechnic University, which has produced more than 3,000 graduates. TAFE Queensland uses this long-term collaboration as a model to further strengthen its relationships with other institutions on mainland China, and in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia and India. It welcomes more cooperations particularly with companies in the health, nursing, and age and child care sectors.