Welcome to Sydney TAFE- Directors message to International students
[Music starts] David Riordan: Sydney TAFE is Australia’s
oldest and largest training provider, with over 123 years experience in delivering excellent
vocational education and training. We are government backed and owned since 1891, and
Sydney TAFE is based in the most beautiful city in Australia, very close to the famous
Sydney Harbour, and we are internationally renowned for the quality of the education
we provide. International students have been studying
with us for over 25 years. Last year in 2013 we had over 3,000 students enrolled from 93
different countries, and you can watch their stories on our website and find out why they
are so passionate about studying here with us and how we changed their life.
You think big, so do we. Our training, education and learning experiences prepare you for success
in a global environment. You can choose from over 140 different vocational courses, from
Certificate to Advanced Diploma Level. We are also a higher education provider. We
now offer seven bachelor degrees and diploma to degree programs which provide you with
a pathway directly to university, and that provides you guaranteed university credit.
We also know that many students want to improve on their English language before they come
to study with us, and we have an English language centre which offers eight accredited English
language courses with direct pathways into TAFE programs, and established key universities
and some private providers. All of our courses give you real skills and
practical training and many provide you with an opportunity for work placements, internships,
access to industry networks and the possibility of an overseas study tour.
I’m really proud of Sydney TAFE’s Careers Connect service which can link you to part
time work, volunteering opportunities, or internships while you study with us. It can
also assist you to write a great resume so that you in turn can get employed by some
of Australia’s greatest and largest employers – Toyota, Energy Australia, Ernst & Young,
Intrepid Travel and Lend Lease are just a few who work with us through Careers Connect.
One of the best ways we can help you at Sydney TAFE is by providing you access to state of
the art learning facilities. Our facilities will provide you with real site experience.
Our class sizes are smaller than in other educational institutions, generally you’d
be in a group of about 15 with one teacher, and you have much greater access to our highly
passionate and highly experienced teachers. For someone who’s lived and studied overseas,
I know at times it can be a little daunting to study in an international environment.
We’re very excited about the fact that Sydney TAFE is not just about a classroom. We offer
you a holistic experience which includes both educational and social activities and we provide
a dedicated international student team to help you to settle into our fabulous city,
Sydney. Many of our international student coordinators
speak other languages, and they’re available at every one of our colleges for the sole
purpose of supporting you and ensuring that you have a rewarding and fun experience. We
make sure that you have plenty of opportunities to make friends and go get to know this fantastic
city. Sydney is an exciting place to live and have
fun and Sydney TAFE is a wonderful place to learn. I look forward to welcoming you to
Sydney TAFE so that you can have a fantastic learning experience with us and that we can
help change your life so that you can get a great job on graduation. [Music ends]