Jump in college course offers

Two courses offered at the Port Lincoln TAFE SA campus are among the most popular in the state as more than 8700 students received TAFE offers from the main January round.

TAFE SA released its main round of offers on January 8 with at least 8729 offers being made for semester one, starting February, which represents a 7.3 per cent increase on the previous year.

Nearly 12,000 applications were received by TAFE SA for 2020, Nursing and Pathology receiving the most with 1386.

Also in the top three are Children's Education and Care with 857 applications and Aged and Disability Services with 698, both offered at the Port Lincoln campus.

TAFE SA Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula regional manager Janene Piip said there was a number of factors that would contribute to these courses' popularity locally.

She said this included the availability of potential employment once study completed, the opportunity to study locally, support from experienced lecturers and practice laboratories on site.

Ms Piip said early childhood and education, education support, hospitality, aged care and disability care were popular trades for TAFE students in Port Lincoln.

"Lecturers in these areas have been with us for many years and have built up a good relationship with local industries," she said.

"They keep up to date with issues facing employers and are able to add those issues to their teaching to help students understand what they're going to face in the work place."

Ms Piip said it was great to see TAFE SA providing more offers in its main round compared to last year.

"People can feel confident they can access something through this campus," she said.

Further TAFE offers will be made weekly from January 17 for courses with vacancies until the final round offer on April 24.

TAFE SA chief executive David Coltman said it was pleasing to see a strong demand for TAFE SA courses and more offers.

"We are working closely with industry in new and different ways across all our program areas to make sure students are learning the latest skills, with the most up-to-date technology, that is hands-on and ensuring they are job ready," he said.

"While this SATAC offer round is one of the big enrolment intakes for TAFE SA students, there are also other ways that students enrol including for apprenticeships, traineeships and VET in schools programs."