01.02.2019

Free TAFE for Lots of Jobs

‘Free TAFE’ initiative offers 50 courses to give Victorians the skills they need for the jobs most in demand across Victoria

In 2018, the Victorian State Government announced a ‘Free TAFE’ initiative, offering 50 courses on the Free TAFE list that were selected because they will give Victorians the skills they need for the jobs most in demand across Victoria. To date, each course on the list has attracted enquiries, with more than 80,000 Victorians having enquired about this opportunity.

The enquiries have been made across each of the state’s 12 TAFEs and four dual-sector universities to seek more information and help to enrol in one of 30 free priority TAFE and 20 pre-apprenticeship courses on offer in 2019.

From 1 January 2019, Free TAFE for Priority Courses covers tuition fees for priority courses for students who are eligible for government-subsidised training.

All 50 courses on the Free TAFE list were selected because they give Victorians the skills they need for the jobs most in demand across Victoria, and every course on the list has attracted enquiries.

Included in the non-apprenticeship courses are:

  • Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building);
  • Diploma of Building and Construction (Building);
  • Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying;
  • Certificate IV in Engineering.

“More than ever, the jobs in demand across Victoria are taught at TAFE – that’s why we’re reducing the barrier to quality training by making over 50 courses free,” said Victoria’s Acting Minister for Training and Skills, Jaala Pulford.

Skilled workers are in high demand across Victoria, which is why the State Government invested an additional $644 million in last year’s budget to strengthen TAFE, and to ensure all Victorians can access the training they need to get a good job.