MORE than 400 students have enrolled in TAFE Western's wide selection of Vocational Education and Training courses for the current academic year.
TAFE held an orientation day at its Dubbo College with students in years 10 to 12 enrolling on Friday at Myall Street.
TVET co-ordinator Anne Shortis welcomed students from Dubbo College's Delroy, South and Senior campuses, St John's College, Narromine High School, Dubbo Christian School, Gilgandra High School, Dubbo School of Distance Education, Coolah Central School, Macquarie Anglican Grammar School and the Mian School.
About 30 high school students will be undertaking mining TVET courses at TAFE. All students will go to TAFE on Tuesday afternoons or Friday mornings.
"About 41 courses in 15 different vocational areas are offered including animal care, automotive, beauty therapy, and, for the first time, mining," Mrs Shortis said.
"The TVET programs increase the options for students in years 10, 11 and 12 by providing an opportunity to pursue subjects that are not accessible at school.
"It also helps them to make informed decisions about their future careers."
TVET studies count towards a student's HSC from the NSW Board of Studies and the students also receive a separate transcript or certificate from TAFE.
Mrs Shortis said she interviewed graduating TVET students last year and found TAFE participation helped with career choices and broadened their industry knowledge.
"Students benefited from the adult learning environment and the vast industry experience of their TAFE teachers," she said.
She said several students had gained apprenticeships and others entered university directly from completing a TVET course.