Students across Victoria who have received their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) today are being urged to consider TAFE when thinking about their future careers.

A record total of 50,884 students have now completed the final chapter in their school lives and obtained their VCE, which represents a completion rate of 97.8 per cent of students.

TAFE is government-backed and qualifications are trusted by employers.

Federation Training has a range of courses on offer throughout Gippsland which give students the real life skills and qualifications they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow, as well as making them job ready.

A recent study by Skilling Australia and McCrindle found that Vocational Education and Training (VET) graduates have a higher employment rate that those graduating from university, with more than 78% of VET graduates gaining employment after they finished their training.

The study also found that VET graduates earn wages that are comparable to, if not exceeding, that of university graduates, with the median full-time income for a VET graduate is $56,000, while the median graduate salary for a Bachelor’s degree is $54,000.

Studying certain TAFE courses can also offer graduates a pathway into further education, including university and recognition for outstanding achievement.

Federation Training’s Molly Duguid, is one example. Molly completed her Certificate III in Commercial Cookery at Federation Training’s Morwell campus and is now working in the hospitality industry in the town of Maffra in North Gippsland.

Molly’s achievements in her time at Federation Training have been outstanding and a credit to herself and her institute.

Molly competed in and won the Regional AUSTAFE Cookery Competition in Morwell earlier in 2017.  From there, she then went on to compete against all other Victorian regional TAFE winners in Melbourne and was awarded the Best 3rd Year Apprentice Overall of the State.

Molly then went to the National Competition in Hobart where she secured a Bronze medal against all other state winners.  In 2018, Molly will represent Australia and be part of the World Chefs Congress in Malaysia, July 2018.

There could not be a better time to sign up for a TAFE course and, like Molly Duguid, start your preferred training journey today.

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Domestic students have until 12 noon on 20 December 2017 to change their university and TAFE preferences.

*Source: GCA, Grad stats, various issues NCVER.