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If you're looking for the most direct route into skilled employment, TAFE* courses represent your best option for training. Delivering practical skills that make an individual instantly employable upon completion, these trade-related courses represent the academic path taken by most of the plumbers, electricians, hairdressers and engineers currently working in Australia.

How Many People Go To TAFE In Australia? 

Approximately 15% of 15 to 24-year-olds choose to undertake TAFE* courses in Australia, meaning it’s a process that thousands go through every year. The trades mentioned above are only the tip of the iceberg, as those wanting to get into beauty, accounting, IT, recruitment and more can learn the skills they need in this way. As such, the full list of applicable trades is far too long to show here. 

How Does TAFE Work In Australia?  

After leaving high school, Australian teenagers can choose to attend vocational TAFE* training rather than go to university. The student experience is quite similar, although you're looking at the practical application of skills rather than the theoretical learning you'd get at uni. So, let's take a look at just how hands-on the TAFE  route can be.

  • You Get to Get Your Hands Dirty!

What will hit you first on trade-trading like this is that you actually get to roll your sleeves up and get your hands dirty. Practical learning is something many people prefer, as it's better suited to their personal development plan. That means picking up the scissors as a hairdresser or getting under the bonnet as a car mechanic - so much less in the way of classroom learning, although there is some.

  • You Learn From Real Industry Experts

Another great thing about trade trading of this kind is that you're most often taught by someone who's been there and done the job for real. You see, there's only so much you can learn from a book, and the practical experience they offer can be extremely valuable. The truth is that they can teach you natural tips that you'd never cover on a theoretical degree course, meaning you're job-ready that much faster. 

  • A Quicker & Earlier Start to Your Career

Many take TAFE courses instead of going to university because it's such a direct route into the workforce. Instead of spending up to 6 years doing a degree, vocational training of this kind can propel you into your dream job in a fraction of the time. What's more, once you're qualified, you're ready to apply for jobs right away - not something that can be said about university training.

  • You Benefit From Mentoring

Your progress to becoming a professional in your chosen trade is helped along when taking this kind of training, particularly as many courses offer individual mentoring. They're there to help you through your course, as well as to assist in ensuring you're job-ready. This kind of assistance is hugely valuable but can be quite hard to come by at uni (unless you pay for it), so it certainly counts as a major academic advantage. 

When all is said and done, TAFE  learning is an altogether different experience from the one you'd get by going to university. Overall, student life may be similar, but the learning process has an entirely different slant. Preparing you much more fully for professional life in general, it's not hard to see why more and more Australians prefer TAFE courses  as an option.

Supercharge Your TAFE Learning With OCA Online Training 

Engaging in further education is a big life commitment, so you want to complete it successfully. As such, the best way to ensure you do just that is by taking CPD-Endorsed short courses online  with OCA. Able to provide you with a great knowledge foundation in your chosen field, our video-based learning is also modular, meaning it's easy to fit around your obligations.

The learning experience we offer is one that transcends the kind of stale, stilted text-based training you may have taken before. This is immersive content that's been created in conjunction with industry experts to be not just engaging but also super relevant. To get a closer look at what we mean, check out our Student Study Demo.

Our students often feed back to us that we offer the most mentally stimulating online education Australia  can muster, but you don't have to take their word for it. To learn more about what makes our training so popular, visit us today at where you'll find flexible financing options and the fact that every OCA student gets 1-to-1 mentoring.

Alternatively, if you have any questions for us that you'll like to be answered prior to enrolment, call 1300 611 404 or drop us a line at From the moment we receive your enquiry, we'll strive hard to get back to you as speedily as we can.

*What is a TAFE?

TAFE stands for “Technical and Further Education”. TAFE institutes are government-funded Registered Training Organisations (RTO's) that offer Vocational Education and Training relating to a specific industry or occupation. 

TAFE Alternatives 

There are other private (non-government funded RTOs) that offer accredited courses (just like TAFE). 

Although Online Courses Australia is NOT an RTO, OCA has formed partnerships with a small number of RTOs to offer RPL or CREDIT from selective Micro-Credentials towards RTO (accredited) courses.  Look out for Accelerated Learning Pathway on our website. 

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