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TasTAFE is giving parents of Year 12 leavers the opportunity to find out more about what vocational education and training has to offer their children at a series of state-wide ‘Parent Evenings’.

It’s approaching the time of year when Year 12 leavers are looking forward to the next chapter in their lives. This can be an exciting but daunting time for schools leavers and we know that many of them seek advice and guidance from their parents.

The sessions will be open to both students and their parents so that they can hear more about what studying at TasTAFE is like and the range of courses on offer.

A May 2017 report, Perceptions Are Not Reality: myths, realities and the critical role of vocational education and training in Australia, found that Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector produces highly skilled graduates with remuneration and employment outcomes comparable to those of university graduates.

Key findings in the report include:

That the VET sector provides training courses for nine out of 10 occupations predicted to have the greatest growth over the next five years.

  • VET graduates have a higher employment rate than undergraduates. More than 78 per cent of graduates are employed after training, while 69 per cent of bachelor degree graduates are employed.
  • VET graduates earn wages comparable to, if not exceeding that of university graduates.

TasTAFE has a very strong relationship with the University of Tasmania. Students looking to go onto higher education will find that undertaking a VET qualification is a good way to start a path to university.

TasTAFE interim CEO, Mark Sayer said TasTAFE’s strength is its focus on applied learning.

“Our courses offer hands-on, practical activities such as building or developing products, undertaking work placements in industry or taking on real projects in the community.

“Depending on the course of study chosen, TasTAFE provides the opportunity for students to get real life skills by working in our training restaurants and cafes, hair and beauty salons, student IT helpdesk, or participating or running community events,” said Mr Sayer.

Information sessions will cover courses on offer, career pathways, support services, industry connections, enrolment processes and TasTAFE’s upcoming INFO WEEK from 20-24 November.

Sessions details are as follows:

North West

Burnie Campus: 18 October, 6pm – 7pm (41- 43 Mooreville Road, Burnie)

Devonport Campus: 25 October, 6pm – 7pm, (20 – 36 Valley Road, Devonport)


Alanvale Campus: 19 October, 6pm – 7pm (54a Alanvale Road, Newnham)


Clarence Campus: 17 October, 6pm – 7pm, (4a Bounty Street, Warrane)

Campbell Street: 19 October, 6pm – 7pm (75 Campbell Street, Hobart)

To register visit:

What’s After Year 12? Information Sessions