Technical and further education

Vocational education system in Australia and other Oceania countries / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Technical and further education or simply TAFE (/ˈtf/), is the common name in English-speaking countries in Oceania for vocational education, as a subset of tertiary education. TAFE institutions provide a wide range of predominantly vocational courses.

Individual TAFE institutions (usually with numerous campuses) are known as either colleges or institutes, depending on the country, state or territory.

In Australia, where the term TAFE originated, institutions usually host qualifying courses, under the National Training System/Australian Qualifications Framework/Australian Quality Training Framework. Fields covered include business, finance, hospitality, tourism, construction, engineering, visual arts, information technology and community work. TAFE colleges are owned, operated and financed by the various state/territory governments.