TAFE Specialist Employment Partnerships

Specialist career support for TAFE students with disability

In 2017 there were 54,125 students with disability (8.2%) enrolled in TAFE nationally.

A majority of TAFE students self report that they are mostly investing the effort and time into their study in the hopes that it will create employment opportunities for them.  76.9% of TAFE students state that they mainly engaged in study for employment-related reasons – be it a requirement of their job that they do the course, to get a better job, to get a job, go for a promotion, or to develop or start a business.

For students who graduated from a TAFE course in 2017-18, 72.4% were employed overall.  Some of the balance of students go on to further study, and some remain unemployed and looking for work.

Employment rates for TAFE students with disability are alarming – 49.3% of TAFE graduates with disability are employed post-study, compared to 75% of their peers without disability, and the overall rate of 72.4%.

This gap is also reflected in students with disability who were not employed before training with an employment rate of 28.1% post-training.  Their fellow students without disability who were not employed before study have an employment rate of 46.1% post-training.  

The TSEP project aims to meet with as many TAFE students with disability as possible to identify and address the systemic blocks and barriers to employment, whilst simultaneously providing a specialist employment support for short term impact.  

For more details or to get involved, contact us via the contact form below.

References:

NCVER 2018, Australian vocational education and training statistics: Total VET students and courses, 2017: data slicer, NCVER, Adelaide.

NCVER 2018, Australian vocational education and training statistics: VET student outcomes 2018: data slicer, NCVER, Adelaide.