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Learner Opportunities

Accessible, quality education is critical to the future of the Western Parkland City. It’s not enough to establish a new research and development base for advanced industries and emerging jobs. We need to make sure people have access to the right education and training to be able to take up those opportunities.

The New Education and Training Model (or NETM) offers learners the chance to complete micro-credentials – short, targeted training courses of about 40 hours each – to develop the skills needed for jobs in industries like advanced manufacturing, transport and logistics, aerospace and defence, and agribusiness.

Learn at your own pace

NETM micro-credentials do not need to be taken in a particular sequence, and there is no need to complete multiple micro-credentials within any set time frame. This gives learners the flexibility to undertake the training they need when they need it without having to commit to a long program of study.

Over the long term, some micro-credentials in related fields will be able to be stacked together. This will allow learners to custom-build a qualification that is best suited to their needs, aspirations and career goals.

NETM micro-credentials are being designed for and by industry in partnership with leading education providers.  This approach helps ensure that the training you complete will prepare you for new jobs on the cutting edge of industry's needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to enrol in the NETM?

If you live or work in the Western Parkland City, you are eligible to enrol in the NETM.  During the early stages of the NETM, preference will be given to those working in a related field to each micro-credential – but we are working to expand these criteria as the number of micro-credentials we have on offer grows.

How much does it cost to take a NETM micro-credential?

The initial programme of the NETM is funded by the NSW Government.  This means NETM micro-credentials will be free of charge for learners.

How do I enrol in a NETM micro-credential?

NETM enrolments are managed by the leading education provider delivering the micro-credential.  It is best to contact the education provider of the course you are interested in to make sure you can undertake the subject. Details on upcoming NETM micro-credentials on offer will be provided in the course catalogue (COMING SOON). 

How do I move between TAFE, university or other study and the NETM?

The NETM does not have specific restrictions on co-enrolment for learners who are also studying elsewhere – however, if you are studying with a different registered training organisation, TAFE, university, or higher education provider, it is best to check the rules on co-enrolment with your home institution before enrolling in a NETM micro-credential.

How would the NETM help me if I am thinking about other study?

Since they are only about 40 hours long, NETM micro-credentials offer learners the chance to get a taste of what it would be like to study a particular topic further.  Completing a NETM micro-credential can be a great way to decide if you want to take additional micro-credentials or even go on to study a longer course (such as a certificate, diploma or degree) with another institution.  NETM micro-credentials may also complement the training you have already undertaken by adding specific skills to your resume that may not have been a part of your prior study.

Where can I study a NETM micro-credential?

NETM micro-credentials are place-based and offered to learners who live or work in the Western Parkland City.  As a result, NETM micro-credentials will also be delivered in the Western Parkland City – but some offer online components, depending on the focus of the micro-credential itself. Details on upcoming NETM micro-credentials on offer will be provided in the course catalogue (COMING SOON). 

Where do I find out about the mode of learning and assessment for a micro-credential?

Learning modes and assessment types vary according to what learners need to be able to do at the end of a micro-credential.  This means micro-credentials will often have different approaches to learning – so it is best to check these details for the specific micro-credentials you are interested in. Details on upcoming NETM micro-credentials on offer will be provided in the course catalogue (COMING SOON). 

Contact us

To learn more or to find out how you can get involved in the New Education and Training Model, contact us via this webform.