Pathways to Work or Study (including English Language courses)

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Develop skills to gain entry to university, undertake further study, or to find that perfect job.

Develop skills to help you succeed

Here's a list of some of the skills we can help you develop:

Auslan (Sign Language)

Broaden your language skills and learn how to sign. Enhance your employment opportunities in roles such as a teacher’s aide, childcare worker, community worker, case worker or manager, youth worker, aged care worker, nurse or administration officer. You’ll gain knowledge and skills to communicate with deaf people, or hearing impaired people, who need to communicate in the workplace and in social settings. On completion, you’ll demonstrate an understanding of basic cultural and historical knowledge of the Deaf community.

Computers – Basic to Intermediate

Our computer courses start from the very beginning and take you through the essential skills of creating documents, sending and receiving email and browsing the internet. Our experienced teachers guide you in using technology and understanding the language of computers. A basic or intermediate computer course will give you skills that can be used in any industry and in a variety of job roles.

Defence Force – General entry certification

If you’ve considered a career in the Defence Force, this course will help you prepare for your recruitment. You’ll learn about the career opportunities, the importance of motivation, preparing for the interview, researching the roles and responsibilities of the position you are applying for, and the necessary requirements to join the Defence Force.

Education Support

You might like to consider a career providing assistance and support to teachers and students. This course can lead to a career as a school learning support officer, community engagement officer, Aboriginal education officer and classroom teacher support officer in a range of education settings including public and independent schools. You’ll develop the skills to provide aid and support to teachers to facilitate students’ learning under broad-based supervision.

Employability Skills

If you’re returning to the workforce after a break or entering the workforce for the first time, a course that includes employability skills can assist you to step up into the world of work. You’ll develop skills such as communication, time management, team work and technology, which are essential in all industries. You’ll usually include work experience as well as skills in resumé writing, applying for jobs online and interview skills.

English Language

This course will assist to develop your English language skills for further study, employment or to prepare you for the International English Language Testing Scheme (IELTS) exam. Class levels range from beginner to academic English.

Free English Classes for New Migrants - AMEP

This beginner English course will help you with your English language and literacy even if you have had very little experience with English. This course provides general language education primarily for newly arrived migrants and refugees who need to develop language skills to participate in the community. The AMEP provides English tuition of up to 510 hours for eligible migrants.

Foundation Skills - Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Do you need assistance to improve your language, literacy and numeracy? This course will improve your reading, writing, mathematics and basic computer skills for your job, further study, or personal reasons.

Higher School Certificate

It’s never too late to get an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). You can complete a NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) with an ATAR with a vocational study pathway, and benefit from ‘hands on’ training in a trade or career area as part of your course.

Learner Support – Study Skills

When you’re studying a vocational course at TAFE Illawarra you can get additional help with completing assignments, research and writing skills, improving your digital literacy and study skills. You’ll also complete an online ‘R U Ready’ assessment, which will show you your current levels in reading, writing and maths.

Pathways to further study or employment (Year 10 equivalent and Year 11 equivalent)

Pathway courses combine a range of vocational skills such as trades, community services and business with additional support in reading, writing, maths and employability skills. You’ll develop the foundation skills to go on to further study or employment.

Skills for Education and Employment (SEE)

Program Are your English language, reading, writing or maths skills making it difficult for you to find a job? The SEE program aims to help you improve your reading, writing, speaking and maths skills, improve your confidence, prepare you for further study, improve your chances of gaining employment or promotion and improve your basic computer skills. This course is suitable for you if you are 15 to 64 years of age and registered as a jobseeker with the Department of Human Services (formerly Centrelink) and not a full time student.

Tertiary Preparation Course (TPC)

Interested in completing a Year 12 equivalent qualification? This field of study places emphasis on skill-based learning as well as discipline-specific content. You’ll develop a broad range of skills necessary to gain entry to and succeed in tertiary education and employment. If you successfully complete the TPC, you’ll be eligible to receive the scaled Tertiary Entrance Score (TES).

How to find a course

So you’ve worked out what area you'd like to study and it’s time to see what courses are available?

To find courses in your area of interest, enter your keywords into the course search function on the right hand side of the page. For more detailed searches, use the ‘Advanced search option’.

Not sure which course to choose?

If you need help deciding which course or course level to choose, you can speak with one of our Customer Service Centre staff on 1300 766 123 or take advantage of our free career counselling service. Our experienced staff can help you decide which courses will help you reach your goals