Tertiary, further study & career Pathways

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HEA Members aged 14 - 19 years old can have a Free Virtual Work Experience Placement through GRANDSHAKE

Access industry mentors, guidance and opportunities to prepare you for the future workplace.

“I’ve learnt heaps and heaps about how companies like Cardno manage their projects to be more sustainable and have the best outcomes for communities, for business, and for the environment as a whole.”

Year 12 Student

Sharpen your soft skills and get ahead in any career or job you dream of.

Dive into 30-minute on-demand Upskilling microprogram - the content includes; short videos, activities and quizzes. 

On completion, you will receive a digital badge - add this to your resume or share your achievements on professional platforms like LinkedIn. 

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Homeschoolers & NSW Smart & Skilled

The HEA worked to facilitate changes in NSW so that 15+ homeschool students

who are registered can access Smart & Skilled programs

without a Year 10 Certificate.


Smart & Skilled funding for some NSW RTO courses is available for home educated students.  To find out ​ which courses are available, click the link below.

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In 2016 the work that the HEA did with John Barilaro, who was the Minister for Skills at the time, brought about significant change so that home educated students 15 years and over, registered with NESA for homeschooling, are eligible to enrol in “Smart and Skilled” funded courses with TAFE and private RTOs in NSW.

The benefit of this work is that homeschooling students can access these courses at greatly reduced fees. TAFE is a great pathway to a career or further education.


With the changes, registered home educated students are not required to have a year 10 certificate, nor do they need to go through an under 17's counsellor, for admission to Smart and Skilled. Students may be asked for proof of registration for home education.


The fees that students pay can vary widely depending on a variety of circumstances. TAFE has a fee calculator on their website that you can use to help determine what the fees will likely be.