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Where learning meets success for school leavers

Are you a school leaver considering career and further education options after high school? TAFE Queensland may have the perfect pathway for you.

For over 140 years, TAFE Queensland has been helping people change their lives. Delivering practical and industry-relevant training, this vital education service provides students with the skills and experience they need to build lifelong careers in the city, regional and rural areas. With a growing range of potential career opportunities available through degrees, diplomas, trades training or apprenticeships, TAFE Queensland is becoming a number one choice for school leavers on the Sunshine Coast.

Still not sure? Here are three reasons why you should take a look at TAFE Queensland!


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1. Fee-Free TAFE program

TAFE Queensland is proud to contribute to the Sunshine Coast youth population’s skills growth and employment opportunities through the Fee-Free TAFE program. Fee-Free TAFE means you could be eligible to study and gain a nationally recognised qualification for little or no cost. The program has seen many students enrolling in courses at the Mooloolaba, Nambour and Sunshine Coast Health Institute campuses throughout 2023. So, there’s no better time than now for high school graduates and leavers to kick-start their careers.


2. TAFE Queensland courses support families and the local community

Providing career pathways and skills development opportunities for young adults on the Sunshine Coast is especially important—with beneficial outcomes for young adults and the local community.

Through TAFE Queensland courses, study options and practical training facilities at the Mooloolaba, Nambour and Sunshine Coast Health Institute campuses, school leavers can learn, train, and graduate to work in their local community as the bustling region grows and thrives. TAFE Queensland is proud to support the career development and skills growth of the Sunshine Coast’s young adult population by producing skilled, industry-ready graduates who will contribute to the local economy and workforce now and in the future.


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3. A wide range of industry-ready courses for school leavers

Offering a wide range of industry-ready courses, TAFE Queensland enables young adults and parents returning to work to kick-start their careers in their chosen industry.

Early childhood education and care

If you’re considering a career in early childhood education and care, TAFE Queensland can help you start with an entry-level course through a Certificate III qualification.

TAFE Queensland will help you develop hands-on skills for a rewarding early childhood education and care career. TAFE Queensland courses will equip you to provide high-quality care and plan appropriate experiences to help children reach their full potential.

Health and Nursing

Does a career in health and nursing sound exciting? In that case, TAFE Queensland can help you start your career with both entry-level and advanced nursing and health courses that will help you to qualify as an assistant in nursing, get registered as an enrolled nurse, or develop the skills needed to work in a variety of health environments in support roles.

When you study nursing with TAFE Queensland, you can access world-class, purpose-built training facilities, experienced teachers and vocational placement opportunities, and the latest technology in nurse training at the Sunshine Coast Health Institute.

If you want to nurture a fulfilling career providing care and compassion, TAFE Queensland has highly experienced, knowledgeable and industry-relevant teachers who can provide hands-on practical training through its Certificate III in Individual Support course.

TAFE Queensland can also help you build a career in allied health, so whether you want to be a remedial massage therapist, an assistant in nursing or a medical practice manager, there is a TAFE Queensland allied health course to suit your needs.

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Tafe Queensland can help you start your health career


Trades and apprenticeships

If you want to train as a tradie, TAFE Queensland training will prepare you to take up tools in a specific occupation. From building and construction to plumbing, automotive, engineering and electrotechnology, and everything in between, TAFE Queensland is here to help you make it happen.

Whether you want to work for someone else, start your own business, improve your current skill set, or employ an apprentice or trainee, training with TAFE Queensland is the best way to harness your potential and turn a spark into something extraordinary.

TAFE Queensland can help you start your career with both apprenticeships and traineeships by learning the tricks of the trade, developing lifelong skills and earning qualifications to open the door to a rewarding career across various industries. With enduring connections to the local Sunshine Coast community and enterprises, TAFE Queensland can connect you with the right business to kickstart your career best.

IT Security

If you’re a creative problem solver, let TAFE Queensland help you launch your career options with introductory and advanced IT security and network security courses.
The Certificate IV in Cyber Security is a specialised course that will prepare you to enter the industry and protect organisations against malicious cyber activity.


Visit www.tafeqld.edu.au for more information, or call and chat with one of TAFE Queensland’s friendly staff on 1300 308 233 to explore your options.

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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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