Education – TAFE Resumes and Selection Criteria Writing
TAFE, or Technical and Further Education, is a Government-run system that provides education after high school in vocational areas such as beauty, design, childcare, accounting, business, recruitment, IT, and many more. While university teaches a broad range of theories, TAFE focuses on specific skills for a particular workplace. For example, a Certificate IV in Aged Care teaches all the skills needed to work in the aged care sector – either at a client’s home or an aged care facility. TAFE is usually taught at TAFE Institutes around Australia, although an increasing number of courses are available online.
TAFE is just one part of VET (Vocational Education and Training), which covers all vocational training in Australia. In 2016, 4.2 million students enrolled in VET with an Australian training provider and of those, 1.08 million (60.6%) were at TAFEs. As Australia’s biggest education and training provider, TAFE offers myriad employment opportunities in all states, from administration and sales, right through to teaching or working in corporate or regional offices, to ensure that the teaching is the best it can be. As an employee of TAFE, you will have the chance to be part of the state’s leading provider of further education and training committed to quality teaching, a safe working environment and delivering real outcomes for students.
If you are a professional tradesperson or have extensive trade experience, and are looking for a new career, then a teaching job with a TAFE might be the ideal career direction for you. One thing is for sure; there is plenty of variety. There are opportunities for bricklayers, management consultants, chartered accountants, refrigeration mechanics, upholsterers, performing artists and people from other industries. Becoming a teacher at TAFE will give you the opportunity to teach in a variety of locations, through a variety of different modes of delivery, including classroom or workplace, distance or online learning, or a combination of delivery modes. You will be encouraged to use engaging and innovative means of teaching by using a variety of training tools and techniques. As a teacher, you will also contribute to developing training packages in consultation with industry to ensure the programs delivered to students continue to meet contemporary workforce requirements.
So just what is the best way to get a foot in the door with a TAFE? Most institutes will advertise on their State Government recruitment site. For example, I Work for NSW, Jobs SA etc. The requirements for applying for any TAFE position Australia wide generally remain the same in that your application may need to include;
- A brief cover letter (if required)
- A current resume
- Responses to targeted questions
- Providing a written response that addresses targeted questions as part of a key selection criteria process
- Two referee contact details
The Essential Requirements of the role describes the knowledge, skills and capabilities required to perform the duties of the position and can be found in the position description. Each position will have a job and person specification that will detail mandatory and/or desirable qualifications, key selection criteria and special conditions. Before you start your application ensure you carefully read the Job and Person Specifications relating to the position, assess whether you are capable of carrying out the duties of the position and ensure you meet the essential requirements of the person specification. When addressing the Essential Requirements or targeted questions, it is essential that you do so using the STAR format. The STAR model provides a framework for presenting information in response to Key Selection Criteria and is a way of providing clear examples or evidence of your skills, knowledge and approach to work. For each criterion, and even when responding to specific questions, it is important to use the following elements to structure your answers:
Describe the situation/environment you were in.
What did you need to accomplish to deal with the situation? What was your role concerning the problem, issue or assignment?
What did you do? Set out the steps you took to resolve the situation. Provide details.
What was the outcome? What did you accomplish? What did you learn? Promote yourself and your achievements.
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For more information regarding job openings at TAFE across Australia
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