A new opportunity exists in the Illawarra for those interested in a career in business and commerce.
In December Illawarra ITeC signed a contract with the University of Southern Queensland to deliver a two year Associate Degree of Business and Commerce.
Illawarra ITeC program manager Virginia Wren said a diploma of business is presently available over 16 weeks for those who have just completed the HSC and those wishing to improve their qualifications and career prospects. They will then be eligible for the Associate Degree starting in July.
"This program is not run anywhere else in the Illawarra. It is a win for the region and was identified as a gap by the ITeC Board," Ms Wren said.
Those with a Diploma of Business or Diploma of Leadership and Management get one year advanced standing on the two year program.
Ms Wren said the Associate Degree starting in July is supported by ITeC's extensive business, government and industry contacts.
"Students will be assisted in gaining part time paid employment and/or industry work experience, ensuring that they can earn while they learn` It will be delivered in face to face lectures, tutorials and workshops on a part-time and full-time basis at Illawarra ITeC with the advantage of access to on-line resources through the Southern Queensland University".
By providing training in smaller classes Illawarra ITeC will help provide a more personalised and supportive approach to learning.
Ms Wren said the opportunity being provided by Illawarra ITeC and the University of Southern Queensland can also be used as a pathway to completing a Bachelor's Degree. And HECS-HELP is available for approved students.
The Diploma of Business is run two nights a week over 16 weeks from March 23 and will be completed on July 3 in time for the Associate Degree to start on July 13.
Ms Wren said the qualification would apply to individuals executive officers, program consultants, case managers and program coordinators. She said people in those roles may possess substantial experience in a range of settings, but seek to further develop their skills across a wide range of business functions.
The course has 450 nominal training hours to be undertaken via face to face training and home study.
The assessments for the diploma course will be closely related to the student's current workplace environment.
The Associate Degree at Illawarra ITeC will see students learn business and commerce skills with subjects such as accounting, information systems, economics and organisational behaviour.
"The Associate Degree provides a supported pathway to a full degree in business and is a wonderful new opportunity for those seeking a career in business and commerce".