Education & Training
At its core, an individual’s formal education focuses on acquiring knowledge and skills that will assist them in the future, particularly as it relates to future employment. Being more vocational in nature, training can take place outside or within the workplace and is based on gaining experience and improving skills for a job which is currently held.
Comprising early childhood learning through to the completion of high school, school in Australia is conducted in public schools, as well as privately operated and religious or faith-based schools. All Australian schools are guided by a curriculum, setting out learning outcomes for each student. A key difference is that public schools are directed by state departments of education, while schools that are not as reliant on public funding and support, and are less bound by state Government for their teaching programs. School is a child’s introduction to education. Aside from any exposure to educational toys, games, crafts and other resources, it is the foundation for becoming literate and numerate, as well as shaping their brains through a variety of classroom discussion and activities.
Also known as higher or secondary education, tertiary education typically follows immediately from graduation from high school, but can be entered at any time as a mature-age student. Taking place within a university or tertiary education college, accredited higher education includes undergraduate and postgraduate studies in a wide variety of professions and subjects, culminating in certificates, diplomas or academic degrees.
Training and development is commonly concerned with the procurement of educational experience or qualifications for a specific purpose, such as career progression or immigration and citizenship. Australia has a number of specialist training, business, and language colleges, which equip students for a career in multiple areas, such as hospitality, business, and community services. Further education can also be undertaken at TAFE (Technical And Further Education), a federal government-owned network of community-based colleges, offering a range of certificates, diplomas and associate degrees. Less occupational-based courses are also offered at TAFE, including humanities, basic I.T, and broad arts subjects.
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