TAFE Queensland: Making great happen for 140 years
With 140 years as the market leader of high-quality vocational education and training in Queensland and beyond, we’re celebrating our proud history with the promise that we’re only just getting started.
Over the past 140 years we’ve helped people build things, make things, and fix things. We’ve helped people to heal, helped people to grow, and helped people to gain the skills they need to do extraordinary things.
From our humble beginnings in 1882 – with a class of just 12 industrial arts students in the attic of the North Brisbane School of Arts - TAFE Queensland is today the largest, most experienced training provider in the state, supporting over 120,000 students each year studying in around 500 qualifications at more than 60 campus locations.
Connected by our shared vision, our people, our values, our culture, our core business and our communities, TAFE Queensland continues to help people to change their lives. And it's our imperative to step into the next 100 years with a commitment to continue as the leading provider of vocational education and training that is at the heart of community success.
We’ve evolved with our economy and local communities to deliver the people, knowledge and expertise needed in industry and the future ahead is no different, but perhaps our evolution is more important now than ever. The fourth industrial revolution is here, and things are changing. As times and technologies change what’s possible, they’re also transforming expectations. Like the industries around us, we too are always innovating and evolving so we can continue to provide relevant training and skills.
Each year, we work closely with Government and local industry to ensure our training programs are tailored to their needs and that our students graduate confident, capable, and ready to help drive the success of their industry and communities – we want to make sure our training meets current and future employment demands.
With more than 500 nationally recognised qualifications to choose from, studying at TAFE Queensland gives our students the access to innovative training that will take their careers to new heights. We are proud our impact is wide-reaching. Our teachers deliver educational excellence, and our training is at the forefront of industry.
At TAFE Queensland, our purpose is providing job outcomes for our students, and we are proud to see almost 84 per cent of our students go on to work or further study. We have an 89.9 per cent student satisfaction rating, and we're working very hard on the other 11.7 per cent.
We also know great businesses need great people and we are renowned by businesses both large and small as the provider of choice in Queensland for quality workforce training. With a 92.1 per cent employer satisfaction rating, we’re proud to be the largest training provider for apprentices and trainees in the state, putting around 20,000 apprentices through their paces every year.
We’ve always been committed to providing quality vocational education to all Queenslanders. In line with that commitment, we are proud to continue to deliver our Reconciliation Action Plan and Social and Environmental Sustainability Action Plan.
Building on our commitment to equity for all, we're also proud to have established the TAFE Queensland Foundation: a philanthropic initiative that enables government, industry, and individuals to make contributions that have a far-reaching impact on students all over Queensland and beyond. With the support of generous donors, we know we will be even better equipped to help our students achieve their goals and ambitions.
We’re incredibly proud of the part TAFE Queensland has played, and will continue to play, in making our state great. Together we share a strong history of shaping and supporting our communities and industries through innovative and practical vocational education and training. We have proven to Queensland that we can keep up with changes in industry, technology and culture to continue delivering quality skills to businesses across the state, Australia and globally.
We know the power of training and skills and we are in the privileged position of not only being able to help our students to change their lives and achieve their career aspirations, but also enhance the social wellbeing and financial sustainability of the communities in which we work and live throughout Queensland.
Watch our 140 year showreel
As TAFE Queensland celebrates 140 years, fashion design teacher Carol Costa looks back on her 32-year career training the next generation of fashion students.
Almost everyone has a favourite teacher: someone whose knowledge and influence has been life changing. For almost every student who has graduated with a qualification in music from TAFE Queensland’s music programs in Brisbane, that teacher is Mary Carden.
When you say “I do” at your workplace are you marrying the love of your life or your job?
For more than 30 years, Carl Balke has shared his passion for air conditioning and refrigeration with apprentices at TAFE Queensland.
Leading Vocational Teacher Meredith Jackson looks back on almost 30 years of working with priority learner groups to help them reach their highest potential.
Rob Witham's training journey with TAFE Queensland started in 1989, 30 years later he is passing on a wealth of industry-proven skills.
As TAFE Queensland nears its 140 year milestone, foundation Kingaroy staff Ron Trace and Janelle Little share their stories of friendship at TAFE Queensland.
Andrew Evans reflects on a career of unexpected bends in the pipe and the positive outcomes he’s had by learning to go with the flow.
Sam Crowe’s love for educating others wasn’t realised until later in life – but it’s a realisation she’s glad she had.
Web chat operator and long-time staff member of TAFE Queensland's Greater Brisbane and South West regions, Karen Clohessy looks back at across a career saying yes to every opportunity.
For teacher Cassy Baker, baking has always held a special place in her heart, and the opportunity to pass on her skills was too good to pass up.
In his 44 years training electrical apprentices at TAFE Queensland, Bill Langford has seen major changes in teaching methods.