The federal and Western Australian governments have announced that a further 22,200 Fee-Free TAFE and VET places will be available for Western Australians from January, 2024.
This injection of Fee-Free training places builds on the success of free paces offered in 130 courses in 2023, and will continue to provide support for West Australians choosing to study in priority areas, according to a statement.
“It continues the genuine collaboration and partnership between the Commonwealth and Western Australian governments to plug the skills gap and provide training opportunities for Australians.”
Fee-Free places target areas of skills shortage such as early childhood education and care, health care, aged and disability care; technology and digital skills, hospitality and tourism, construction, agriculture, VET workforce, and defence industry.
The Minister for Skills and Training Brendan O’Connor: “Fee-Free TAFE and VET has been such a success, the Albanese Government is committing to a further 300,000 places beginning next year, with 22,200 of those places in Western Australia.
“This is a $44.5 million investment in skills and training in Western Australia.”
In WA, plans are also underway to implement the federal government’s $8.2 million TAFE Technology Fund to improve training facilities in the state, yet another way we’re supporting the training of workers for vital industries that are in demand now and in the future.
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