Free Tafe training jobs growth boost

Funding for 30+ priority GOTAFE courses
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FREE TAFE: Tayib Hunter-Dunn is currently completing a Certificate II pre-electric course, which will be subsidised by the State Government from January 1 next year. PHOTO: Emma Hillier

LOCAL jobseekers looking to complete training to improve their chances of employment have been given a boost by the State Government.

Some $172 million has been allocated in the 2018/19 Victorian state budget to make 30 priority courses and 18 pre-apprenticeship courses free for TAFE students.

GOTAFE offers 16 pre-apprenticeship and 17 priority courses that can be accessed by students eligible for the Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative to study tuition free from January 1.

Jennifer Oliver, GOTAFE acting chief executive officer, has backed the announcement, which will help reduce the financial barrier for students training in courses that lead to jobs in high demand.

“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,” she said.

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