GOTAFE has welcomed the Victorian Government’s budget announcement.
The centrepiece of the Andrew’s Labour Government Budget is Free TAFE for Priority Courses, designed to reduce the financial barrier for students wanting to train in courses that lead to priority occupations – those in demand from employers in the Victorian economy.
“GOTAFE is delighted with the Budget announcement in support of high quality public education and the recognition that vocational education and training is an essential investment in the future of our state and our region,” said GOTAFE Acting CEO, Jennifer Oliver.
“This targeted and strategic funding will provide free training for students enrolling in 30 priority TAFE courses and 18 pre-apprenticeship courses. There are also training places which will support industry and in particular the skills required to support jobs growth in our region and support for our apprenticeships and traineeship delivery including the development of high quality learning materials.
“Our very important VET‐in‐Schools (VETiS) will also receive funding and support for pathways. We very much appreciate this recognition by government of the skills which will equip our students for the future economy. “
Free TAFE for Priority Courses is a Victorian Government program that will pay a student’s tuition fees, if eligible, to study one of 38 priority courses at TAFE.
From 1 January 2019, students who are eligible for Victorian Government-subsidised training will not pay course tuition fees for:
- An initial 20 priority non‑apprenticeship courses, state-wide – a further 10 priority courses will be confirmed following consultation with industry, in time for students to enrol for the 2019 training year
- 18 Victorian Government-subsidised apprenticeship pathway courses (sometimes called pre‑apprenticeships)
Free TAFE for Priority Courses will start on 1 January 2019.
Students who are eligible for Victorian Government-subsidised training can access the Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative to study tuition fee free. View our list of currently eligible courses offered at GOTAFE in 2019.
Skills and Jobs Centres located at GOTAFE campuses across North East Victoria will continue to play a large part in providing expert advice on training and employment opportunities to those wishing to take advantage of this initiative.
For more information about Free TAFE for Priority Courses, including eligibility and course details, contact GOTAFE at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1300 GOTAFE (468 233).