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Deferral of TAFE Courses at Melbourne Polytechnic


Melbourne Polytechnic has moved to defer the Semester Two intake for five courses in the community services sector, due to an unprecedented demand for these free TAFE courses creating challenges in finding appropriate work placements for all students.

Melbourne Polytechnic has been contacting all affected students, who are being offered the opportunity to begin their course next year, transfer to another of its courses or potentially to an equivalent course at another institution.

We apologise for any inconvenience and disruption this causes.

“A dedicated team is working directly with students involved, to identify the best course of action for each of them and do everything possible to minimise any disruption,” said Melbourne Polytechnic spokesperson Nicole Amsing. “We are also liaising with other TAFEs who provide equivalent courses.”

The impacted courses are:

  • Certificate III in Individual Support
  • Certificate IV in Disability
  • Certificate IV in Mental Health
  • Certificate IV in Community Services
  • Diploma of Community Services

205 students were enrolled to begin these courses in the second half of this year. Current students in these and other Melbourne Polytechnic courses will not be impacted.

“Our staff have been working extensively to find appropriate work placements for students, and have secured placements for all students who enrolled in these courses at the start of the year,” said Ms Amsing.

“Despite ongoing efforts, it has become clear in recent weeks that we could not guarantee work placements for all students enrolling in Semester Two in these courses.”

“We had not fully anticipated the level of demand for these courses and our local partners simply do not have the capacity to provide enough placements,” she said. “In Semester One, 2018 there were 76 students enrolled in these Community Services courses, in Semester One this year there were 445 enrolments.”

“We appreciate the efforts of our industry partners to support placing these students,” Ms Amsing said. “However, placing another 205 students locally this year was just not feasible, as the Semester One students need to undergo an additional round of placements in the second half of the year.”

“These courses require work placements for completion. We believe the responsible action was to defer these students to start next year, when there will be capacity for placements following the completion of placements by Semester One students,” she said.

“Again, we apologise for any inconvenience to the students involved.”

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