When the course and training is finished – what next?

After course completion students look forward to graduation and celebrating their achievements. They may need to complete records of competency in the workplace or apply for licences.

Some may wish to complete higher qualifications or specialist courses to extend their skills. They may need support in finding job opportunities, preparing applications and contacting prospective employers.

How you can support your employees

Risk factors

Successful completion of a qualification may require completion of theory work, practical assessments, exams and workplace observation of set tasks. Students need to keep track of their progress and clarify with teachers and employers any work that is outstanding or skills not demonstrated. Factors which affect students completing and moving into employment are:

  • workplace competencies incomplete
  • Training Plan not finalised
  • assessments not passed or incomplete
  • outstanding fees stopping results  being processed

In addition apprentices look beyond their course outcomes to finding suitable employment or achieving other career goals. This can be affected by:

  • lack of job seeking skills, including seeking and applying for job opportunities, writing job applications and resumes, contacting employers and preparing for interviews
  • changing interests and career goals, requiring further study
  • requiring higher qualifications to achieve career aspirations


Towards the end of the apprenticeship the TAFE Head Teacher will liaise with employers to review training plans and ensure all competencies have been completed and signed off.

Employers can support apprentices and trainees by:

  • talking about possible career paths and the importance of qualifications
  • discussing opportunities within the business
  • providing references or acting as referees in job applications
  • helping prepare for interviews by talking about knowledge, skills and achievements acquired during the apprenticeship or traineeship
  • encouraging further study for additional qualifications or specialist skills.

Help available from others

Teaching sections

Teaching sections can:

  • Ensure all results entered and students are course complete
  • Advise students who are not complete of further assessment opportunities or ways to complete
  • Ensure all students completing are notified of graduation ceremonies
  • Advise students of advance standing opportunities for higher level courses or university
  • Provide information on career possibilities in the industry
  • Survey past students to collect data on student outcomes and pathways.


Counsellors can:

Provide information and assist decision making regarding

  • career pathways
  • courses for further study
  • university application/entry requirements/advanced standing

Assist with job seeking skills, resume preparation, interview preparation.

Teacher consultants

Teacher consultants can:

  • Case management and support for reassessment or repeating units.
  • Advice on suitable pathway courses or employment opportunities.
  • Link students with employment services.

Learner Support from Business and Education Faculty

The Business and Education Faculty can:

  • Adult study centres support students preparing job applications and resumes, interview skills.
  • Foundation skills courses prepare for transition to employment or academic study.

Aboriginal Education Services

Aboriginal Education Services can:

  • Provide support for repeating units or achieving alternative qualifications.
  • Facilitate pathways to further education and employment.
  • Prepare students for work.
  • Link students with employment services.

Multicultural Support

Multicultural Support can:

  • Link graduates to multicultural support in the community.
  • Provide advice on pathways to higher education, courses in English for Further Study or English for Academic Purposes.
  • Refer to vocational courses to improve their chances for work.
  • Provide career assessment for those with overseas qualifications.
  • Link students with employment services.

Library and Information Services

Libraries can:

  • Provide subject guide for careers and job searching.
  • Direct students to eResources on job searching, writing resumes, preparing for interviews, writing applications.
  • Allow students to borrow library resources on job searching skills.
  • Assist students to develop their academic skills (manage information ethically) for further study.