Leaving school

Your options

Finishing school is not the end, it’s only the beginning!

You are now ready to take the next step and explore a world of career opportunities.

This is your chance to take charge and pursue your own dreams and interests.

TAFE SWSi can help you on that journey by helping you gain the professional qualifications and skills needed to get job-ready or go on to further study.

We have a range of courses to choose from, as well as different career pathway options. Whatever you choose, TAFE SWSi will be here to support you throughout your studies.

If you know what you want to do, go to our course search and find the course you’re interested in. You can enrol online for most courses.

TAFE NSW for school leavers


Not sure what to study

If you’re not sure what you want to do, that’s ok:
  • Take a look through our what you can study section to get some great ideas on careers you might like, or check out our career pathways to help get you on the right track.
  • Or a short course to get you job-ready, like our popular Barista or Responsible Service of Alcohol short courses?

Don’t forget, if you have taken any TAFE studies while still at school, you can get credit – known as recognition - for the subjects you have already completed.

Other useful links

Did you know that…

80% of our graduates last year gained employment or enrolled in further study after training.**

** Source: Student Outcomes 2013 Report Australian Vocational Education and Training statistics – NCVER – Survey conducted on 2012 graduates.

Need more information, call us on 13 7974 and our friendly customer service officers will be able to help.
School leavers under 17

Have you decided to leave school at the end of Year 10 but are under 17? 

Under NSW law you can choose to leave school early only if you then continue in either full-time education, training, paid employment, or a combination of these until you are 17 years of age. 
At TAFE SWSi, your options include:  
 enrolling in a full-time vocational qualification
 doing a combination of education, training and employment 
Under exceptional circumstances, TAFE NSW will offer certificate II vocational courses for a small number of young people who are under 17 years of age and have not completed Year 10. 
You will need special permission from your parent/caregiver, school and from TAFE. The decision will be based on your ability and skills to study in an adult learning environment and your interest in specific vocational qualifications.
Need more information, call our friendly customer service staff on 13 7974. 

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