TAFE students split about their educational experience

A SURVEY of more than 3000 former TAFE students are split about the experience, but many still believe it has helped their job opportunities.

The survey, part of a parliamentary inquiry into TAFE in Canberra, has attracted more than 3600 responses to date, most of which used TAFE to further their job prospects.

Among the responses recorded were that "TAFE gave me a new life", and some had received job promotions since taking on training.

But others said getting TAFE certificates had not helped them secure more work, while many urged the inquiry to try to "keep fees low" to help students afford the training.

Committee chairman, Abbott Government MP Ewen Jones said the responses were in line with what the inquiry was finding out.

"The results are showing that, while not all experiences have been positive and there is room for improvement, TAFE is a system that is valued for its personal, community and business benefits," he said.



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