from an article in the Age February 9th 1999)
There is more than one way to get into TAFE. There are short courses
(look for ones labelled "courses in"), part-time study, mid-year and
mature entry. If no full-time places are available, ask about part-time
These TAFE courses will not be found in some of the standard VTAC (year
12) guide and can often be a good avenue into the longer term programmes in
your chosen field. For courses with mid-year intakes put your name on a waiting
list or phone the TAFE Course Line on 131 823.
Alternatively, completing a short course can add to your skills and
increase your chances of mid-year intake. For example, places are filled well
in advance for the TAFE Certificate 4 in Health Nursing but a short medical
terminology course could help secure a place at a later date.
In many cases the direct approach works when all else fails, says Mark
Kennedy, an administrator at Swinburne
Technology�s TAFE division. For a number of Certificate 2 & 3 level courses
you must apply direct to the TAFE. Even if courses are full, TAFE Institutes
still take applications.
Some students don�t show up to enrol, others
have accepted a place but decline it for a second round offer. This opens up
new places for others and can extend through to the start of classes and
beyond. Above all keep the lines of communication open. Speak to selection
officers regularly and register your name and contact details in case late