Professional development

We value ongoing professional development and offer a wide range of programs and strategies to support every stage of your career.

Working in our schools

The professional learning continuum begins when you graduate and continues throughout your school-based career, whether you become a teacher leader, a school executive, a school leader or a senior officer – or whether you choose to stay in the classroom.

And, if you work in school administration or in a support role, the program is there to guide your professional development.

Our professional learning and leadership development directorate coordinates the learning continuum and supports you in making key career transitions. The directorate also helps teachers maintain their accreditation by continuously building professional excellence.

Professional development at TAFE NSW

TAFE NSW nurtures the capabilities and development of its 18,500 staff to help them meet the training challenges of a rapidly changing, globalised economy – while building their own careers.

Over the past three years, the TAFE Workforce Development Guarantee has given priority to:

  • delivering workforce development services
  • using technologies to deliver and support learning and to do business
  • meeting the needs of diverse learners
  • interpreting and customising training packages
  • leadership
  • sustainability.

Our corporate workplace

In corporate roles your professional development begins immediately, with a local induction in your work area with your manager and team. 

We value ongoing workplace learning, so will help you build a personal learning and development plan as your career progresses. And, you can choose to learn in the way which best suits you; through on-the-job training, mentoring, coaching, job shadowing, professional networking or online. We also actively encourage leadership and management training to ensure you have the skills and opportunity to take on more senior roles as your experience and knowledge expands.

Support for Aboriginal staff

Our Aboriginal staff are supported through professional induction programs, the ongoing assistance of Aboriginal human resources staff and our dedicated web presence - Employing Aboriginal peoples - which provides information on jobs, support, local networks, professional development and career planning.

The right networks for every role  

Workplace networks across the department give you the opportunity to share opinions and experiences and receive or offer mentoring and professional support within informal groups of like-minded colleagues.

We have an extensive range of professional networks available to corporate managers, senior women, young professionals, workers with disabilities, our schools and TAFE staff and our Aboriginal school and TAFE teachers, school administrators and support staff and corporate employees.


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