THERE’S more to tertiary and further education than young people in construction trades — there are dozens of other courses without a sniff of grease and dirt.
Warrnambool-based South West TAFE is using National Skills Week to highlight its variety of career training studies provided across the region.
“There’s a perception that TAFE is trade based, but that’s about 26 per cent of what we do,” the institute’s chief executive Peter Heilbuth told The Standard.
“The other 74 per cent are things like beauty therapy, aged care, health care, tourism, business studies and other non-trade courses.
“About 50 per cent of our students are in the 18 to 24-year-old age bracket and 50 per cent are in the 25 to 65-year-old age group.”
Mr Heilbuth said education providers had to offer a range of courses and delivery methods to remain relevant and cater for individual and employer needs.
Students enrolled at the Warrnambool campus include 16-year-old Emily Bouchier who is doing applied fashion and design as part of the VET in schools program, Luke Wellner, 19, who is completing an electro technology course, and mature-age student Jackie Johnson who is doing community studies 15 years after completing a disability care course.
South West TAFE will also hold information sessions from September to December.