Free TAFE More Popular In 2021 Than Ever Before

first_imgFree TAFE More Popular In 2021 Than Ever Before VIC PremierThere has never been a better time to train for a new career, with the Andrews Labor Government making study easier and more accessible to Victorians.Students can now choose from more than 50 priority courses and pre-apprenticeship courses including the new Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work, the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance, and the Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations.The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative began in 2019 and allows eligible students to apply for courses that directly lead to the jobs that are most in demand from Victorian employers.More than 39,700 students took part in the program in its first year which was 88 per cent higher than the commencements in the same courses at the end of 2018.An increasing number of students are turning to Free TAFE to find a pathway to work: enrolments in January 2021 were up 83 per cent on the same time last year and enquiries to the TAFE and training line in January 2021 were up 45 per cent compared with the month prior.Since 2015, the Government has invested to rebuild TAFE, refurbish campuses, launch Free TAFE for Priority Courses and support disadvantaged students into training and jobs.In the Victorian Budget 2020/21, we invested a record $1 billion to make sure the state has the training and skills system it needs to emerge stronger from the coronavirus pandemic.Work has already begun on a number of reforms to support those disproportionately affected by the pandemic, create pathways for apprentices and trainees to Victoria’s Big Build projects, provide rapid retraining for in-demand jobs and grow the workforce for new and innovative sectors, including clean energy programs.For the full list of Free TAFE courses, visit: stated by Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney“We have made a huge investment in the state’s education and training system and there has never been more choice or opportunity for students.”“There are even more courses and more affordable options, giving people the vital chance to re-enter the workforce or upskill for an in-demand job.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Andrews, AusPol, Australia, clean energy, coronavirus, disadvantaged, education, first year, Government, health, health services, Investment, mental health, Skills, students, TAFE, Victoria, workforcelast_img

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