Whether you are recently unemployed, looking for a change in career path or simply longing to challenge yourself and try something different, your local TAFE will have something for you.
Short courses range from a couple of hours to a couple of weeks. Often classes are only held once or twice a week in the evening, making them accessible for both busy professionals and stay at home parents. They offer you a sense of independence, get you out of the house and provide you with the confidence that comes with mastering a new skill.
The range of short courses truly is incredible. You can enroll in anything from Millinery (making hats) to beginners French, cookery, computing, DIY and cocktail making. There are also a number of personal development courses such as Speaking with Confidence, Self-Esteem and Assertiveness Booster or Wine Appreciation.
Generally the courses can be divided into the following broad categories: accounting, administration, computing, hospitality, health, languages, arts and crafts, design, trades and services, as well as a number of industry specific professional development and refresher courses.
On top of this, some TAFE institutions offer a range of Women's Access short courses designed specifically for women, taught by specialist teachers and delivered in a welcoming, non-threatening environment. They are taught only between the hours of 9am and 3pm and only during the school term. They are usually computer, business or administration focused but are also offered in a number of other fields.
For those wishing to take on a larger study load and possibly even transfer to a university course, TAFE's in Australia also offer a number of much longer and more in-depth Certificate, Diploma and even Degree programs.
There are discounts available for people who fit the criteria including those who are looking for work but for a rough idea of the full fee paying costs, see the examples below;
Animal Nursing - Introduction is offered at the Gordon TAFE in Geelong. It is run over eight consecutive Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm-9.30pm and costs $325 which includes an excursion to the University of Melbourne Veterinary Hospital in Werribee.
Photography Digital Basics – Basics for Compact Camera's is offered at the Gordon TAFE in Geelong. It is run over two consecutive Monday evenings between 6 and 9pm and costs $155.
Spanish Level One is offered at the Gordon TAFE in Geelong. It is run over eight consecutive weeks on a Thursday evening between 5.30 and 7.30pm. It costs $205.
Traffic Control is a one day class offered at the Gordon TAFE and run between 8.30am and 4.30pm. It costs $188 and participants will be taught how to manage traffic around road construction sites to ensure the safety of motorists and workers.
To find out more about the range of short courses offered at your local TAFE, please see the links below: