A report from the National Skills Commission shows people with post-school qualifications have better employment outcomes and earning ability.
And the TAFE NSW HSC equivalent Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation has proved the key to unlocking a brighter future for many.
In 2019, the median weekly earnings for an employee with a certificate III or IV was $1,150 while the medium weekly earnings for an employee with no post-school qualification was $820.
With disruptions to many industries brought on by the pandemic, having the qualifications and skills to secure reliable career opportunities is more important than ever.
The TAFE NSW Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (TPC) is a nationally accredited qualification offering a Tertiary Entrance Score, an ATAR equivalent, recognised by educators and employers as an alternative pathway to further study.
After graduating with a Tertiary Entrance Score (Year 12 equivalent) of 287 via TAFE NSW Armidale, 23-year-old Jack Bridle will be following his dream and applying to be a fighter pilot in the RAAF after a year of travel.
Jack said he lacked motivation in high school and left in year 11, but his fighter pilot ambitions meant he needed an HSC or equivalent to join the Australian Defence Force. Jack is an example of how TAFE NSW is providing young people more choices in education and employment through the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation.
"The online and blended option that TAFE NSW offers allowed me to manage my time around my full-time job as an industrial computer technician," said Jack.
"I not only achieved my goal with this course, I beat my own expectations. I feel a strong sense of achievement with my results and I'm really excited to move on to the next chapter of my life."
TAFE NSW relieving Head of Skills Team for Career Pathways Vicki Miller said the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation is for people who want to finish their high school studies, gain entry to a career of choice or secure a better ATAR equivalent to study for a degree.
"The TPC is also useful for people looking for a career change, particularly those wanting to move from a vocational job into a profession. The course builds confidence and technological skills that have been identified as essential for emerging careers of the future.
"It gives students the skills to conduct research and write essays with the correct referencing. The Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation is a wonderful head start for anyone considering further study.
"This is a one-year course that provides graduates a great educational foundation for the rest of their lives," Ms Miller said.
2022 is the perfect time to make the change for an exciting future. For more information on a range of courses available at TAFE NSW visit www.tafensw.edu.au or phone 131 601.
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