Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education, Geoff Lee, today announced TAFE NSW has signed a partnership with the Australian Institute of Sport to encourage more elite athletes to pursue vocational education and training pathways.
In 2020, the number of athletes seeking professional career advice through the AIS Career Practitioner Referral Network more than doubled. Following this guidance, around 20 per cent of these athletes go on to enrol at TAFE or university to support their post-sport career aspirations.
Mr Lee said TAFE NSW will join the Elite Athlete Education Network, firming its reputation as a world-class vocational education and training provider.
“This partnership cements TAFE NSW as a provider of choice for elite athletes who want flexibility and personalised support to gain employment skills while they compete at the elite level,” Mr Lee said.
“We’re proud to be partnering with the Australian Institute of Sport to help deliver the skilled workforce Australia needs now and into the future.”
Under the MoU, athletes will be given personalised support to balance their sporting commitments and vocational training.
Elite athletes enrolled at TAFE NSW will receive a nominated point of contact to provide advice and guidance on academic planning, course management and timetabling.
As part of the program, athletes can gain formal qualifications for specific careers, or improve their professional skills in areas like leadership, communication, and public speaking.
Australian Institute of Sport CEO Peter Conde said the agreement will boost collaboration and support elite athletes who may have missed the opportunity to obtain formal skills.
“This is great news for elite athletes who can take advantage of the wide range of courses and flexible study options offered by TAFE NSW,” Mr Conde said.
“We encourage and support athletes to find the right skills and qualifications to follow their passions and interests outside of sport. Education and training enable Australian athletes to learn, thrive and contribute to the community during their time in high-performance sport and life afterwards.”
The Elite Athlete Education Network (EAEN) is comprised of universities, TAFEs and other education providers.
The EAEN is accessible to all current athletes and coaches, alumni athletes, and emerging athletes who are engaged in training or competition at a national or international level.