Wimmera trade courses stay strong

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FEDERATIONUniversity’s course completion rate has improved over the past three years but still lags behind many other institutions.
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However, the university’s Wimmera campus headGeoffLord said Horsham courses’vocational focus meantstudent outcomes were better than the organisation’s average.

“In relation to the Wimmera, we have good enrollments in our trades, and invariably students complete those and go on to jobs,” he said.

“Often times they are already employed as apprentices on in traineeships, so they are encouraged by their employer to complete their training.

“From time to time people do not complete their courses, mainly for family reasons, but we have good completion rates.”

The three-year completion rate at Federation University improved from 15 to 18 per cent in 2015 but enrollments were down from 614 to 536.

The completion rate had the universityranked 11thfrom the bottom out of 31 TAFE or public institutions in data published this week by the federal government.

With an average tuition fee of $6263, Fed Uni was the 20thcheapest option in theTAFEor public institution sectors.

Fed Uni’s average government-backedfee HELP loan was$6242.

Mr Lord said the university offered the loans for a small range of diploma-level courses.

Fed Unihad a unit pass rate 80.3 per cent, ranked 23 out of 48TAFE or public institutions.

Mr Lord said the data covered all of the university’s campuses.

“The government extracts the raw data and then interprets andpresents it in its own way. There’s a difference between how some universities see the numbers.” he said.

Federation University has previously challenged a similar government report that stated it had one of Victoria’s worst rates of students dropping out in their first year.

The university argued the data included students who transferred to different institutions to continue study.

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