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What’s the difference between AMEP and SEE?

By Rebecca Foreman | October 6, 2023

If you’ve heard of AMEP and SEE English programs but are not sure which is the right program for you, please read on. 

In the table below we explain the main differences between these two popular government-funded programs so you can decide which course is best for you, depending on your needs and wants.

AMEP vs SEE: Find the program that is right for you

AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program)

You would like to improve your language speaking, reading and writing skills, or your digital skills. You may have no English skills, or may have a reasonable level of English.You may have just arrived in Australia, or you may have lived in Australia for a long time.The AMEP is an ongoing course; you can study for as long as you wish, until you are comfortable with your level of English. You can choose to study social English or workplace English. The AMEP also includes the Pathways to Work program, that is industry focussed and can help you get a job. Typical industries covered include beauty, aged care, child care and office administration. The AMEP also offers specialised short courses in topics like driving, swimming, citizenship and IELTS preparation. These courses can be as short as two weeks.

SEE (Skills for Education and Employment) program

You would like to improve your skills to help you get work experience, a job or into further study. These skills include English language speaking, reading and writing, as well as digital computer skills. You will also improve the skills that will help you get a job, like interviewing, putting together a resume, and job search.  SEE offers a 5-step pathway that takes you right through from very low level skills, through to being ready for a job or further education. You can take as few or as many steps as you like, which means that you could be enrolled in SEE from two weeks to up to two years.

AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program)

The AMEP is available to migrants with a permanent visa or an eligible temporary visa, as well as Australian citizens who previously held a permanent visa or an eligible temporary visa.

SEE (Skills for Education and Employment) program

SEE is available to Australian citizens, permanent residents, or people who have working rights in Australia. You must be registered as a job seeker, including a volunteer job seeker. You don’t need to be receiving Centrelink payments.

AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program)

None

SEE (Skills for Education and Employment) program

15 years to pension age

AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program)

Federal Department of Home Affairs

SEE (Skills for Education and Employment) program

Federal Department of Employment and Workplace Relations

AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program)

Free

SEE (Skills for Education and Employment) program

Free

AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program)

Navitas Skilled Futures offers classes in these locations: Liverpool, Cabramatta, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Bankstown, Canberra, Tuggeranong, Belconnen, Gungahlin, Woden

SEE (Skills for Education and Employment) program

Navitas Skilled Futures offers classes in these locations: Auburn, Bankstown, Cabramatta, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Liverpool, Parramatta

AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program)

Small class sizes

SEE (Skills for Education and Employment) program

Small class sizes

AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program)

Classroom, online and hybrid. You can choose to study part time, full time, morning, afternoon, evening and Saturday classes

SEE (Skills for Education and Employment) program

Classroom, online and hybrid. Minimum 10 hours per week, 5 of these can be online. Classes are available part time, full time, morning, afternoon, evening and weekends.  

AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program)

Highly qualified teachers

SEE (Skills for Education and Employment) program

Highly qualified teachers

AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program)

No

SEE (Skills for Education and Employment) program

No

AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program)

Yes

SEE (Skills for Education and Employment) program

Yes

AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program)

Pen, pencil and notebook. You will have access to college technology (Chromebooks & Wi-Fi)

SEE (Skills for Education and Employment) program

Pen, pencil and notebook. You will have access to college technology (Chromebooks & Wi-Fi)

AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program)

Yes

SEE (Skills for Education and Employment) program

Yes

AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program)

You will learn English language and digital skills and information about Australian society.

SEE (Skills for Education and Employment) program

You will learn job-related training in language, literacy, numeracy and digital skills.

AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program)

There are 2 different English courses;

– Pre-employment English
– Social English

There is also the Pathways to Work part of the AMEP that includes vocational study in areas like: Beauty, Aged care, Childcare, Office administration, Customer service

SEE (Skills for Education and Employment) programw

There are 5 different pathways;

Streams 1&2: SEE entry-level English skills

Stream 3: SEE prepare for work

Stream 4: Get Ready for further study

Stream 5: SEE job-ready pathway

AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program)

Support you to settle into Australian life, learn to speak English and feel comfortable communicating in everyday life.

SEE (Skills for Education and Employment) program

Support you on your journey to employment or further education.

AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program)

Yes. All AMEP clients are enrolled in accredited courses including the Certificates in Spoken and Written English (CSWE).

SEE (Skills for Education and Employment) program

Yes;

FSK10119 Certificate I in Access to Vocational Pathways  

FSK10219 Certificate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways  

FSK20119 Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways  

AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program)

If you have young children, you may be eligible for Free Childcare

SEE (Skills for Education and Employment) program

No

AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program)

Yes. This assessment will take 1-2 hours.

SEE (Skills for Education and Employment) program

Yes. You will need to have an assessment at a Navitas Skilled Futures College.

AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program)

You can register online Complete this enquiry form. 

You can also email info@navitas-skilled-futures.com.au

Or call us on 1300 798 111 (freecall) 

Alternatively, call your local college 

When you come to see us at your local Navitas Skilled Futures College, remember to bring your passport, visa or travel documents so we can check your eligibility and options. 

SEE (Skills for Education and Employment) program

If you are a part of Workforce Australia, you can ask your Employment Services provider or consultant for a referral. Your consultant may also refer you on their recommendation alone.

or 

You can enrol directly in SEE at Navitas Skilled Futures without a referral.

Call 1300 798 111

Visit: navitas-skilled-futures.com.au/book

Email: SEE@navitas-skilled-futures.com.au

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