Tafe student appeal

The State Government is running a new campaign to attract students to Tafe.
The State Government is running a new campaign to attract students to Tafe.

In August last year, the State School Teachers’ Union of Western Australia revealed Tafe student numbers had plummeted by almost 9000.

Polytechnic West, which has campuses in Thornlie and Bentley, had a decrease of 3.2 per cent in 2014.

Department of Training and Workforce Development director general Ruth Shean said she was expecting the number of people who attended Tafe to rise, by comparing figures to this time last year.

“Early indications show there has been a 12 per cent increase in the number of people who have applied for a full-time place for Semester 1 courses in 2016 at State Training Providers, compared to figures for Semester 1 last year,” she said. “The Tafe Choices campaign aims to encourage parents, students and those looking to reskill to thoroughly explore the training opportunities offered by State Training Providers, which can lead to rewarding careers.

“The new Tafe Choices website makes information about VET courses even more accessible for potential students to explore exciting training pathways.”

“The course fee structure reflects the relative priority of qualifications, with state priority qualifications attracting the highest rates of subsidy.”

Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said the campaign aimed at encoring more people to consider Tafe as an option.

“Tafe has come a long way over the years and provides some of the most diverse and exciting career training opportunities, and we want to ensure the community understands what is available,” Mrs Harvey said.

The Make a Name campaign will run on television, radio and online until June this year.