High school students in Year 10, 11 and 12 can now access Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications online, providing them with a creative outlet at a time where most other opportunities via school and extracurricular mediums have been cancelled or postponed.
TAFE Queensland General Manager on the Gold Coast, Karen Dickinson said the course offerings have shifted to focus on community services, health and nursing, creative industries, and specific trades in light of COVID-19.
“These new course offerings have been handpicked for their ability, particularly in the Gold Coast region, to be suitably equipped and resourced for online delivery,” she said.
“We are anticipating an increased interest in health related courses due to the heroic and selfless work health care staff are currently undertaking as we navigate through the pandemic.”
Ms Dickinson said TAFE Queensland is modifying their courses to be more flexible, adaptable and responsive to market at this time.
“We are ensuring we have suitable courses available to high school students in an online environment and as such, we have been able to extend our course offering for the mid-year intake particularly to accommodate displaced students,” she said.
“The main focus has been about giving students access to VET qualifications via an online delivery model, with the option for necessary face-to-face classes to be facilitated at a later stage.”
In the past, high school students have not had the opportunity to enrol into these courses via a mid-year intake, particularly in the case of community services, health and nursing qualifications.
Not only will these TAFE Queensland courses provide academic stimulation and career motivation during this time, but those students who complete a certificate III will have it count as an entire subject towards their final ATAR score.