Students

UNIQUE STUDENT IDENTIFIER

INFORMATION FOR ALL STUDENTS

Every student who undertakes nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) in Australia will be able to access their enrolment and achievement record from a single authoritative source.

COMMENCEMENT OF THE USI

Under the new initiative, students will be able to get a full transcript of the entire accredited VET training they have undertaken since 1 January 2015, or an extract of it that shows the particular achievements they want it to.

Anyone undertaking nationally recognised training from 1 January 2015 will need a USI. Continuing students can apply from 16 October 2014.

ALREADY HAVE A USI

The USI must be provided to their Southern Cross Education Institute before the person can receive a Statement of Attainment or Qualification Certificate from 1 January 2015.

USI WEBSITE

At SCEI, we understand the enormous pressure some students will face during their studies. The two most common problems students face are academic and emotional pressures particularly international students living away from the comforts of their own home, family and friends.

SCEI has policies and procedures in place to support domestic and international students. Apart from the excellent support of trainers and administration staff, dedicated full-time Student Welfare Officers are available to support the students, and counselling is confidential and free.

There are many professional support services available for students at our Melbourne and Adelaide campuses including:

  • Academic support and advice
  • Medical/health support
  • Accommodation assistance
  • Financial assistance/Centrelink
  • Legal advice

Local city Councils (Melbourne and Adelaide) also provide international students with many free social networking events, giving them the opportunity to meet local industry experts and other students.

SCEI Student Welfare Officers in collaboration with our trainers assist all students with study related issues. This may include study skills, time management, exam preparation, students with special needs, inspiration and stress management.

SCEI is committed to ensuring equity in education by helping students who have specific learning difficulties and/or disabilities gain their qualification. SCEI assists students in acquiring the knowledge, skills and understandings which will enable them to participate as learners at SCEI.

We respect and respond to those with learning difficulties, disabilities and/or impairments and will offer them the same rights and opportunities as other students who do not have special needs. This will include the opportunity to perform and complete assessments by reasonable adjustments. This may include modifying the learning environment or making changes to the teaching methods.

Discussions and planning for students with disabilities, learning difficulties and special needs will begin immediately from the point of enrolment. Strategies put in place to support students are regularly monitored during the student’s course of study.

For students with limited English language proficiency skills who are studying at SCEI, it is highly recommended they first complete the English as an Additional Language (EAL) certificate course. There are four certification levels on offer.

These courses are designed for students to develop general English language and literacy skills so they can participate effectively in the Australian community. It will assist the student in subsequent courses, not only through speech but also writing and will give them the understanding of what is required of them to achieve completion.

Students undertaking the English as an Additional Language course will gain an understanding of opportunities, rights and responsibilities of living in Australia as well as skills and knowledge for undertaking employment during their time in Australia.

STUDENT WORKPLACEMENT

Students studying health and community courses require, as part of the course, professional experience with a host employer applicable to the sector in which students are studying. For example:

  • A student studying an aged care course will require work placement at a residential aged care facility.
  • A student studying pathology will require work placement at a pathology collection centre within a hospital or privately operated collection centre.

A number of courses require students to acquire skills and knowledge within a simulated work environment and SCEI has invested heavily to create simulation environments to enable the student to undertake practical experience on campus.

With the effective use of the simulation learning environments, students can develop an awareness of the performance expected within the industry. Students are encouraged and supported to organise their own work placement for their applicable course, however, SCEI does have work placement officers who can assist with a number of placement options.

Consultation with industry professionals is ongoing and SCEI has developed and continues to establish a vast network of partnerships with Health and Community Services organisations. Consultation with our industry partners further ensures that the curriculum and simulated learning environments provide current and relevant industry practices for our students assuring them employment ready.

CONTACT PLACEMENT OFFICERS

STUDENT EMPLOYMENT

The ultimate aim of completing your Certificate or Diploma is to enhance your opportunity of gaining employment or improving your employment prospects. During your studies, opportunities for discussions relating to careers and career counselling will take place, and your trainer and Student Welfare Officer will be there to assist you in every possible way.

It is always important to know where you are going, and career planning is a must. Know your goals and direction, identify your interests and values relating to career choice and work out a strategy. Students who have planned further studies will be provided with TAFE and University advice and VTAC assistance.

(International students note that VISA conditions of work apply-this can be discussed with SCEI’s administration officers, Student Welfare Officers or contact Department of Immigration and Border Protection)

INDIGENOUS SUPPORT

SCEI respects and acknowledges the traditional owners of the Kulin Nation, a place now known by its European name of Melbourne and dates back 30,000 years. The Kulins are made up of five tribal groups in Victoria; Wurundjeri, Boonewrung, Taungurong, Djajawurrung and the Wathaurung people.

History tells us that for thousands of years before European settlement, Australia consisted of 500 – 700 Aboriginal nations, each with their own systems of government, cultural practices, religions and languages.

Today sees many descendants of the Aboriginal tribes still living in and around the capital cities of Australia. As part of the heritage, a “Welcome to Country” is a ceremony performed by Aboriginals at the beginning of all formal ceremonies and events in Australia to help recognise the Aboriginal culture and history. Naidoc (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Day of Observance Committee) ceremonies are conducted across the country each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders; a truly inspiring event.

SCEI’s welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is paramount. Student Welfare Officers and staff will offer full support for these students, including external health and social support. Aboriginal community groups are located nearby and are always at the ready to provide assistance.

STUDENT ACCOMODATION

Student accommodation across Australia’s capital cities is plentiful. International students generally are able to arrange accommodation through their agents. Specific agencies within city areas do cater for student accommodation, which includes Backpackers, Hotels, Hostels, Units and shared housing.

AIRPORT PICKUP

International students arriving in Australia to undertake studies with SCEI and requiring airport transfers have a number of options available. These transportations are mainly in the form of buses.

There are no trains or tram services from Melbourne or Adelaide.