Free TAFE courses still open as enrolments skyrocket

More than 13,500 Victorians are on their way to getting the skills they need for the most in-demand jobs, as the Labor Government’s Free TAFE initiative sends enrolment numbers skyrocketing.

Labor Member for Wendouree, Juliana Addison, said that February saw a 60 per cent increase in Free TAFE course enrolments compared to the same time last year.

Almost one quarter of Free TAFE enrolments were in regional Victoria, highlighting the importance of TAFE to regional communities and industries.

Whilst the TAFE year has begun, enrolments at TAFEs across Victoria are still open including courses at FedUni TAFE.

Ms Addison said the Labor Government’s $172 million Free TAFE program is making 30 priority TAFE courses and 20 pre-apprenticeship courses tuition fee free from this year.

“Enrolments at FedUni TAFE are still well and truly open so if you are thinking of studying at TAFE there is no better time to start than now,” Ms Addison said.

“Not only is Free TAFE changing people’s lives and careers, but it is also playing a role in breaking down barriers which contribute to the gender pay gap. There are now 8,000 female students enrolled in training at TAFE institutes across the state, which is an increase of 77 per cent compared to the same time last year,” Ms Addison said.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses reduces the financial barrier for eligible students wanting to train in the courses that lead to the jobs that are most in demand from Victorian employers.

Students can save up to $2,500 for some pre-apprenticeship courses and up to $5,000 for Certificate IV courses. For high cost courses such as a Diploma in Nursing or a Diploma in Building and Construction, students will save more than $10,000 through the Free TAFE initiative.

For more information on the Andrews Government’s Free TAFE initiative including a list of all 50 Free TAFE courses please visit – FreeTAFE.vic.gov.au.

 

Media contact: Craig Wilson | 0428-525-909 | craig.wilson@parliament.vic.gov.au

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