TAFE Queensland SkillsTech

Established: 
2006
Location: 
Acacia Ridge, Eagle Farm, Bracken Ridge
CRICOS code: 
02014M
Student Population: 
20,000

SkillsTech Australia attracts students from around the world. We have a reputation for quality training in internationally recognised qualifications that enhance students’ employment prospects and help them progress towards university.

SkillsTech Australia is Queensland’s largest TAFE institute dedicated to trade and technician training, offering over 120 courses and qualifications in:

  • Automotive
  • Building and construction
  • Electrotechnology
  • Manufacturing and engineering
  • Sustainable technologies and water
  • Mining, gas and resources.
This institution is represented by Study Options in the UK
  • Students at SkillsTech Australia TAFE. Photo credit: SkillsTech Australia TAFE

    Students at SkillsTech Australia TAFE. Photo credit: SkillsTech Australia TAFE

  • Study bricklaying at SkillsTech Australia TAFE. Photo credit: SkillsTech Australia TAFE

    Study bricklaying at SkillsTech Australia TAFE. Photo credit: SkillsTech Australia TAFE

  • One of the training centres at SkillsTech Australia TAFE. Photo credit: SkillsTech Australia TAFE.

    One of the training centres at SkillsTech Australia TAFE. Photo credit: SkillsTech Australia TAFE.

  • Study the skills you need to work in a variety of different technical trades at SkillsTech Australia TAFE. Photo credit: SkillsTech Australia TAFE.

    Study the skills you need to work in a variety of different technical trades at SkillsTech Australia TAFE. Photo credit: SkillsTech Australia TAFE.

Our Campuses/Training Centres

SkillsTech Australia hosts three training centres at Acacia Ridge, Eagle Farm and Bracken Ridge in sunny Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland. The state is renowned for its warm climate, relaxed lifestyle and many beaches.

Facilities at Acacia Ridge include the largest fully functioning foundry in the southern hemisphere; AU$25 million engineering facility; AU$13 million heavy commercial vehicle and diesel training facility; AU$20 million electrical, refrigeration and air-conditioning training facility; AU$8 million wet trades training facility; and a AU$9.4 million student services facility.

Student Accommodation

International and Australian students enjoy living in rental accommodation. Renting a house or apartment gives you the chance to live on your own, or live with friends and share costs. Shared rental costs are often lower than homestay fees, and range from about $140 to $240 per week for an apartment or house depending on its furnishings (if any), location, size and quality. Most rental properties are unfurnished, so you may need to rent or buy furniture and items such as crockery and cutlery.

There is no on-campus accommodation at SkillsTech Australia but there is a range of student houses throughout Brisbane.

Student houses provide shared amenities, with the privacy of your own room. Some student houses require you to cook your own meals but will supply your bed linen and cooking utensils. There is often no bond or lease required for student houses.

The cost of student houses varies from about $80 to $200 a week per person, depending on the accommodation house, its facilities/services and the length of stay.

Homestay accommodation offers you the chance to live with an Australian family, either for a few weeks or for the length of your stay in Brisbane.

If you are under 18 years of age and do not have a legally appointed guardian to care for you while you are in Australia, this is the option you must use. All homestay accommodation is inspected for quality of service and amenities.

The advantage for you is that you can move into an established home with all your basic needs (meals, furniture, bedding and amenities bills) taken care of by the host family.

Most homes are within walking distance of public transport or the family will arrange for you to be taken to transport.

All homestay families agree to provide their guests with the following:

  • their own room with a bed
  • study desk and lamp
  • two meals and a lunch box each working day (Monday to Friday)
  • three meals each day on weekends (Saturday and Sunday)
  • help with finding their way around the city and interesting places to visit.

Student Lifestyle in Brisbane

Brisbane is a multicultural city with a population of two million. It is Australia’s third largest city and capital city of Queensland. With a subtropical climate, Brisbane is surrounded by the lush rainforests of the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast Hinterlands, while just off the coast are the islands of Stradbroke and Moreton which are popular daytrip or holiday destinations.

Brisbane is a safe and relaxed city which boasts modern conveniences and attractions such as cafés, restaurants, bars, galleries, museums, sporting events and shopping districts.

Australia is a multicultural country and although you may hear other languages spoken, the main language is English. Students studying at SkillsTech Australia require a minimum English proficiency equivalent to IELTS 5.5.

With an average summer temperature of 29 degrees Celsius and average winter temperature of 21 degrees Celsius, you should wear a hat, cool clothing that protects from the sun and maximum UV-protection (30+) sunscreen during summer. You will need a long-sleeved jacket and warm clothes during the early morning and evening in winter.

Teaching and Links with Industry

SkillsTech Australia has strong links with industry and provides work placement for international students which leads to successful employment outcomes.

Our teachers are trade qualified and come from industry. They have a broad range of skills and experience that is kept up to date by constant mandatory engagement in their trade. Most of our teachers continue to work in industry outside of their teaching profession.

The International Student Office can help you settle into Australia and your studies at SkillsTech Australia.

Some of the ways that the International Student Office can assist you include:

  • providing information about living in Brisbane
  • helping arrange accommodation, banking and transport
  • providing support with cultural adjustment and homesickness
  • community support and multicultural services
  • providing information and support with 'Overseas student health cover' and health concerns.

They can also provide information on visa conditions such as:

  • attendance
  • academic performance
  • contact details
  • working while on a student visa
  • employment restrictions.

Other ways the International Student Office can help while you study at SkillsTech Australia are:

  • providing information about SkillsTech Australia facilities and procedures
  • helping with applications for student identification (ID) cards, and internet access
  • arranging learning support to help with academic difficulties
  • answering any general questions you may have.

If you are an existing worker, SkillsTech Australia offers Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and gap training so you don’t need to spend time in the classroom repeating training for skills you already have.

The quality training at SkillsTech Australia gets recognised. Recent industry awards include the Manufacturing Skills Queensland’s Public Registered Training Organisation (RTO) of the Year 2012; the Construction Skills Queensland’s Public RTO of the Year for 2010, 2011 & 2012; and the Premier’s Industry Collaboration Award at the Queensland Training Awards 2012.

At SkillsTech Australia we host world-class facilities, teachers and resources. When combined with our strong reputation in industry and our dedicated International Team, we are the clear choice for international students wishing to undertake technical training in Queensland.

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