The Diploma Difference

Posted: by North Coast TAFE

For many enterprises on the North Coast, TAFE is the ‘go-to’ if they have staff members who are apprentices or trainees and are studying a Certificate level qualification. What is less well-known is that a North Coast TAFE Diploma course offers significant professional development for other staff which translate into measurable benefits for the business.

Employees who study at Diploma level acquire deeper theoretical knowledge and understanding of the vocational topics and, typically combine that learning with significant, structured and relevant workplace experience. In many cases they use their existing work as a case-study and, as a result, can bring surprisingly enterprising solutions back to the business.

An example of this is Joe Sparks, from Ballina. While Joe was studying his Diploma of Sustainability flexibly through North Coast TAFE, he undertook an energy audit on his workplace as part of his studies. As a result of the audit he was able to show his employer how the business could make straightforward changes to its energy usage and save $4,000 a year in the process. This is a great outcome for both Joe and his employer that has brought about a real, tangible positive change to the business and provided Joe with a real case study to support his Sustainability Diploma studies.

Nathan Taylor studied a double Diploma of Business Administration and Human Resource Management. As well as being able to complete what is normally a two-year part-time course in less than a year, he was able to add to his business administration capabilities a range of practical skills across performance management, workforce planning and recruitment selection and induction. Which has been invaluable to him.

The most recent Australia-wide Graduate Outcomes Survey by National Centre for Vocational Education Research showed that around 85% of students who complete a Diploma qualification were employed within 6 months. Many of them were in industries which are in great need of skilled workers such as engineering, health, information technology, education and natural and physical sciences.

So there is quite clearly a positive Diploma Difference for both the student and the business in this type of quality flexible learning. If you want to explore what difference it could make for your business or career contact us on 1300 628233.

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