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TAFE teaching - what's it like?

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#1 Twinmum+2

Posted 22 October 2019 - 09:02 PM

I'm considering studying a Cert 4 in training and assessment and getting a job training aged care workers at TAFE.

What are the plusses and minuses of TAFE teaching?  Is it something that you can get a lot of job satisfaction from?  Or is it stressful?  I probably have a romanticised idea about passing on my love of working with older people when in reality it's probably very different.

#2 Twinmum+2

Posted 23 October 2019 - 12:06 PM


#3 ~TSC~

Posted 23 October 2019 - 09:23 PM

What state are you in?

#4 Twinmum+2

Posted 23 October 2019 - 09:25 PM

I'm in Canberra.  No free TAFE here...

#5 Pearson

Posted 23 October 2019 - 10:00 PM

You are not working with mature aged students all the time. Most TAFEs will accept from 15yo. And TAFE QLD has subsidies that bringz the main aged care course down to $100! Plenty of people enrol because of the cost, and because there are jobs. Not  because  they GAF about the course.

#6 SeaPrincess

Posted 24 October 2019 - 12:17 AM

I’ve worked in the VET sector for many years, including with aged care trainees. I’ve recently upgraded my Cert IV in Training and Assessment to the current qualification, but I’m about to finish a Masters in an unrelated field and I hope never to work in VET again.

Most of my objections are with the regulatory bodies and often contradictory guidance in certain areas.

Edited by SeaPrincess, 24 October 2019 - 12:19 AM.

#7 dadwasathome

Posted 24 October 2019 - 07:02 AM

Compliance with ASQA requirements is a huge issue in the VET sector these days, especially for the government owned TAFEs, which tend to be huge bureaucracies, and find it difficult to translate the what, why and how of compliance to teachers.

#8 Twinmum+2

Posted 24 October 2019 - 08:37 AM

Gosh none of that sounds very comforting but does confirm some of the thoughts I had already had on the subject.  Thanks so much for your replies!

#9 Beancat

Posted 24 October 2019 - 09:31 AM

Im not sure what its like as a teacher but I did a cert 3 in cooking a few years ago as I was looking at changing careers and buying a café.  80% of the people in the class where there because they were long term unemployed and had to choose a course (fully funded by gov) to be eligible to continuing receiving u/e benefits.  They all had one or more of the following attributes
  • completely disengaged
  • poor literacy and numeracy levels
  • behavoural issues
  • poor and/aniti social skills
  • very young (ie 15 - not that being young per se is an issue but they were very immature and mucked around like they were in class at school).
As a consequence I found it really annoying.  I was there to learn technical skills and they were disruptive, rude and slowed the pace down of the class.  I would have hate to have taught them as most of them did not want to be there.

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