The number of Ballarat region students enrolling in priority courses has more than doubled, thanks to the Victorian Government’s Free TAFE initiative.
More than 500 students have already enrolled in Free TAFE courses at Federation University, a jump of 135 per cent compared to the same time in 2018.
Victorian Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney, Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison and Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle marked International Day of Women and Girls in Science by meeting women who have commenced Free TAFE courses in Engineering, Welding and Fabrication and Electro-Technology at Federation University.
Federation University is offering 23 Free TAFE courses across its five campuses ranging from the Diploma of Nursing, and the Diploma of Community Studies, as well as apprenticeship pathway courses including in engineering, automotive, construction and horticulture.
Almost 3000 Free TAFE students have started their training in January 2019 at TAFEs across Victoria – close to three times the number who commenced training in the same courses in January 2018.
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.
Free TAFE will mean more Victorians get the skills they need for jobs working on major road and rail projects, building schools and hospitals and caring for our loved ones.
TAFE institutes across Victoria, including universities that offer TAFE courses, are continuing to take enrolments for Free TAFE courses, with classes starting throughout 2019.
Source: Vic Government