Being the state’s only institute for technical and further education TAFE Tasmania is nowadays represented by more than 30 campuses. Unsurpisingly, TAFE Tasmania
– with its about 35.000 students and over 450 courses on offer – is the largest registered training organisation in the state. Nevertheless, it is very remarkable that this institute has won the award “National Training provider of the Year” twice! The first time was in 2000 and the second time in 2002.
Teachers, who know the industry and its future needs, train their students on TAFE campuses, but also at the workplace or with the help of Online Access Centres or computer based learning.
Tasmania, Australia’s island state, is situated 240 kilometres south of the Australian mainland. Every day ferries depart from Melbourne heading for this beautiful green island which has a size of around 68.000 square kilometres. Also known as the “Natural State” almost 37 percent of Tasmania’s landscape consists of protected nature areals such as national parks and reserves. The about 500.000 Tasmanian inhabitants are proud of the relatively unspoiled nature of their island.
Hobart, the state’s capital, is located in the south-eastern part and is home to more than 200.000 Tasmanians.
The climate on the island is quite variable. Summers – which last from December till February – reach an average maximum temperature of 21°. Winters – which last from June to August – do not exceed 12°. And even temperatures below 0° are not uncommon in a Tasmanian Winter.
All in all students are taught on over 30 different campuses within Tasmania. They are spread all over the state so that learning facilities and education on campus is easily accessible for everybody. These are some of the bigger locations:
In the South
- Hobart City Campus
- Bathurst Campus
- Clarence Campus
- Bender Drive Centre
- Claremont Link Centre
- Drysdale Institute Hobart Campus
In the North
- Launceston City Campus
- Alanvale Campus
- Wellington Campus
- Thynes Centre
- Inveresk, Academy of the Arts
- Drysdale Institute Launceston Campus
In the North West
- Burnie Campus
- Freer Farm
- Devonport Campus
- Smithton Campus
- Drysdale Institute Devonport Campus
On the West Coast
- Queenstown Campus
All campuses feature free internet access as well as computers with multiple language capabilities. Furthermore, services and facilities include libraries, cafeterias, bookshops, Child Care Centres and Student Residences.
TAFE Tasmania offers its students Residences which are equipped with furniture, laundry facilities, games roomes and student lounges.
International students who want to live and learn in Tasmania can also consider the opportunity of a Homestay. While the student lives with a Tasmanian family, he or she gets to know people, country and culture very well. Other possibilities are Hostels and Backpackers (rather for a temporary stay) or the rental of an apartment.
More than 35.000 students are educated by TAFE Tasmania each year. The number of international students is with just 300 rather small which guarantees an individual and high-quality consultation of eyeryone.
Main Program Areas
Over 450 courses – that’s a wide variety to choose from! To summarize: Here are the Main Program Areas:
- Art, Craft, Design
- Bakery & Butchery
- Clothing, Textiles & Design
- Community Services
- Customer Contact
- Hair & Beauty
- Information Communication Technology (ICT)
- Library & Museum Technology
- Local Government
- Natural Resources
People who love nature and outdoor-activities will find themselves a perfect home on Tasmania. Hiking through the national parks of the island is a common activity to spend some great quality time. Different kinds of tracks for different kinds of hikers are available throughout Tasmania. Some of the most popular walking tracks are quite a challenge.
The Overland Tracks runs for 65 kilometres from Cradle Mountain to St Clair through the Tasmanian wilderness inland. Whichever walk you choose, do not forget your raincoat as Tasmania is well-known for its heavy rainfall.
Thanks to the incomparable nature you will forget your wet shoes very quickly. And of course, there are lots of other possibilities to spend your free time.
Hobart, for example, offers all the entertainment and conveniences of a modern city. Australia’s oldest theatre, “Theatre Royal”, or diverse events such as the annually Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race can be inspiring alternatives.
Sounds like your place to be? The friendly people at AA education will be more than happy to provide information and assist you on your way to Gordon Institute of TAFE. Just email us to receive the application form and help with the usual administrative hurdles.