Following the release of first round tertiary place offers by VTAC on 16 January NMIT was encouraged by the number of applicants placing the institute as their first, second or third preference despite a marked downturn in the number of people applying for places in the VET sector across Victoria.
Overall, first preference applicants for Victorian TAFE courses were down 22.6% from 2011. While this highlights the challenges faced by all TAFE Institutions across the State precipitated by Victorian government reform processes since 2009 (including the opening up the Victorian TAFE sector to private providers) plus the removal of caps on undergraduate places by the Commonwealth Government, NMIT experienced a slight rise in first preference applicants from 2011 to 2012.
More significantly, the latest VTAC data shows NMIT recording the highest numbers of first, second and third preference category applicants of any Victorian single sector TAFE*.
“While the majority of our students come via applications direct to NMIT, the VTAC preference data is nonetheless a pleasing result in the context of an overall down turn in TAFE applications and further underlines NMIT's status as one of the State's largest, stable and most respected providers of vocational education,” said NMIT Deputy CEO and Director Programs, David Draper.
“The fact that NMIT can lead Victoria's single sector TAFEs in terms of the top three preference categories at a time of unprecedented challenge for the TAFE sector pays testimony to the quality of NMIT's vocational programs and its reputation throughout a wide range of industries.”
While the VTAC first round statistics demonstrated a significant drop in overall TAFE applications and offers via the VTAC application process, most applications for TAFE courses are made direct to institutions rather than via VTAC. This point was reiterated in Monday's media release from the Victorian Minister for Higher Education and Skills, the Hon Peter Hall.
The Minister noted that "there are many paths to success, including further rounds of VTAC offers and a huge range of TAFE and vocational education and training courses that can allow students access to future higher education studies".
*Source VTAC website, Reports and Statistics, http://www.vtac.edu.au/reports.html January 17, 2012.
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