There are a variety of reasons your child or students should consider vocational education and training (VET) after school. Perhaps they want to enter a trade, test out an industry, or maybe they just didn't get the OP they needed to enter university.

Designed to deliver practical, workplace-specific skills and knowledge, VET covers a wide range of careers and industries. If you find that your child or student struggles in a traditional classroom, or if they're more of a tactile learner, VET may be where they will really shine. Completing a VET course can help improve not only their skills and knowledge, but also their confidence. They can gain a qualification, start working sooner, improve their career or job opportunities, and advance to further study or university.


About TAFE Queensland

With more than 500 nationally-recognised qualifications to choose from, studying at TAFE Queensland gives you access to multiple pathways to get a head start on your career.

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Course diversity

TAFE Queensland offers more than 500 nationally-recognised qualifications from entry-level to higher education. If you have a child or student interested in anything from a trade to hospitality and events, or creative industries to health care and nursing, chances are we have a course for them.

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Industry-standard facilities

Our students train in purpose-built facilities including industry-standard workshops, fully functional health clinics, digital studios, and open to the public restaurants, beauty salons, and gyms. Our partnerships with local employers also allow students to also study in real workplaces and gain valuable work experience.

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Support services

Our student support services are available to all of our students, making their learning experience just that little bit easier. Our range of services across the state include counselling, disability services, learning support, library services, and Indigenous student support.

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Flexible study options

With more than 500 nationally-recognised qualifications to choose from across 50 locations throughout the state, and a variety of study modes available, your child or students are able to study in a way that suits them.

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University pathways

We have partnered with some of Australia’s most respected universities to deliver world-class degrees in a practical, job-focused training environment. Together we provide the up-to-date skills employers want, along with the adaptable thinking required to succeed in any industry. 

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Transition from OP to ATAR

From 2020, the Overall Position (OP) for Queensland year 12 students will be replaced by the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). This means that ATARs will be introduced for students who start Year 11 in 2019 and graduate from the end of 2020. The ATAR is used nationally for tertiary admissions and indicates a student’s position relative to other students. It will be used for tertiary admissions from 2021 for Queensland students. The Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC) will calculate ATARs for Queensland school leavers.

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Study modes

TAFE at School

Eligible year 10, 11 or 12 students can participate in our TAFE at School program. Successfully completing a TAFE at School qualification gives students QCE credit points and direct entry into any TAFE Queensland diploma course, so their future is set before they even finish Year 12.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

The fist step towards a career as a tradesperson is completing an apprenticeship. The best thing about apprenticeships and traineeships is that students get paid while learning skills on the job. The outcomes of an apprenticeship are lifelong and nationally recognised.

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By location

TAFE Queensland offers more than 500 nationally-recognised qualifications from entry-level certificates to higher education degrees at over 50 campus locations across the state. From Cairns to Coolangatta and everywhere in between we're sure to have a study location that's near you. 

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#DiscoverMyFuture is made up of a series of interactive workshops that takes Year 9 students on a journey of discovery about possible career options. The aim of the program is to help students make informed decisions about their future education and career pathways. 

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News and events

Fee free TAFE Student

Free TAFE training the solution to long-term unemployment

Free TAFE training for year 12 graduates offers a timely solution for young people who face barriers to entering the workforce.

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Parent and child

A parent's guide to navigating further education and training

University is not for everyone. Vocational training is not for everyone. Education is for everyone.

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Painting their own paths

When a life-threatening infection left him with severe epilepsy, art became Eric Cook's salvation. But his decision to pursue a creative career did more than just change his life — it changed his mum's too. 

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Discover my career

The Harrison Discover My Career tool was specifically designed to help students narrow down all the different variables so they can feel confident in their career decisions. 

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