In 190 days [VIC] Free TAFE and Apprenticeship Courses 2019 (VIC Only and Permanent Residents)

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Original News Article from the ABC

How do I get in?
Nothing's changed on this front. You'll have to apply for these course like you normally would.

In recognition of how popular the plan will be, the Government's announced it's funding an extra 30,000 training places.

But there's one caveat: only Australian residents who live in Victoria will be eligible for the courses. International students will continue to pay fees.

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/educationstate/Pages/f...

List Below

Non-apprenticeship courses
Accounting, Certificate IV/Diploma/Advanced Diploma
Ageing Support, Certificate IV
Agriculture, Certificate II/III/IV
Allied Health Assistance, Certificate III/IV
Building and Construction (Building), Certificate IV/Diploma
Civil Construction, Certificate III
Community Services, Certificate III/IV/Diploma
Concreting, Certificate III
Construction Waterproofing, Certificate III
Dental Assisting, Certificate II/IV
Diploma of Nursing
Education Support, Certificate III/IV
Engineering, Certificate IV
Horticulture, Certificate III
Hospitality, Certificate III
Individual Support, Certificate III
Plumbing and Services, Certificate IV
Mental Health, Certificate IV

Apprenticeship pathway courses
Automotive Air Conditioning Technology, Certificate II
Automotive Body Repair Technology, Certificate II
Automotive Servicing Technology, Certificate II
Agriculture (Dairy Production), Certificate III Automotive Vocational Preparation, Certificate II
Construction Pathways, Certificate II
Electrotechnology (Career start), Certificate II
Electrotechnology (Pre-vocational), Certificate II
Engineering Pathways, Certificate II
Engineering Studies, Certificate II
Furniture Making, Certificate II
Glass and Glazing, Certificate II
Disability, Certificate IV Horticulture, Certificate II
Meat Processing (Food services), Certificate II
Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship), Certificate II
Printing and Graphic Arts (General), Certificate II
Retail Baking Assistance, Certificate II
Salon Assistant, Certificate II
Signage and Graphics, Certificate II

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  • +1 vote

    “Taxpayers money?”…of course

  • +14 votes

    TONIGHT on A CURRENT AFFAIR! WHERE YOUR HARD-EARNED TAX DOLLARS ARE GOING.

    TONIGHT ON NINE NEWS! FREE TAFE COURSES, FREE APPRENTICESHIPS - BUT WHAT'S THE CATCH? TUNE IN AT 6PM TONIGHT TO FIND OUT.

    • +29 votes

      ' Fat kids with ADHD caught on camera - joining Lebanese gangs to perform shonky renovations! And meet Australia's fattest germ-ridden Lebanese conman builder! '

      • +1 vote

        What do you call a snobbish cheat coming down the stairs?

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        A condescending con descending.

      • +2 votes

        tonight on ACA - "Lesbian Nazi Nuns - abducted by aliens and forced on to weight lose programs!!"

    • +2 votes

      haha…this week, on Rock Bottom…

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    Disability, Certificate IV Horticulture, Certificate II

    Finally!

    • +1 vote

      yes, finally the NDIS & Skils VIc can help fund my glaucoma medication production facility.

      I wonder if the Electrotechnology (Career start), Certificate II course can assist in planning my wiring a bit beter
      https://static.ffx.io/images/$zoom_1%2C$multiply_0.39%2C$ratio_1.777778%2C$width_2000%2C$x_0%2C$y_220/t_crop_custom/t_sharpen%2Cq_auto%2Cf_auto/6e380696bf26173fc8a0d8a1a6e4028598a3ad30

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        That would come under the health system and not the NDIS. Let the NDIS know when you are blind…

  • +4 votes

    Accounting, Certificate IV/Diploma/Advanced Diploma

    Just what we need… more accountants who can't get a job.

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    My timimg is shocking - already doing one of the courses listed and it's costing me around 15K :(

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    Time to move to VIC.

  • +1 vote

    This doesn’t apply for people with tertiary and post grad education right? I was thinking of upskilling for the hell of it because it was free, but I was told by someone I wouldn’t be eligible.

    • +4 votes

      You cannot do any course for free that is ranked lower on the education scale than the degree you already hold.

      Basically, if you hold a bachelor degree all courses at Tafe are out.

      If you hold a PhD degree ALL courses are out, even if they offered free Master degrees, which of course they do not.

      That is how it is in QLD and Tasmania and I assume it would be the same in Victoria and everywhere else in Australia as they want to get unskilled people into work, not further give skills to already skilled people.

      • +7 votes

        Government education dealer: The first skill is free, kid.

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        QLD and Tasmania offer this too?

        • +1 vote

          I am not sure about know but this has been offered all the time in QLD, depending on start dates and locations.

          For example: http://tafegoldcoast.edu.au/study-with-us/school-students/fe...

          There are many different variations of that. If interested, best do a bit of research or ask your preferred TAFE if they offer any fee-free, government subsidised courses.

          In Tasmania, I know many uni students who regularly take a semester off uni, then do 1 or 2 Tafe courses which they say are free, and then continue uni. The reason they do it that way is that if they finish uni first, they become ineligible for the free TAFE courses as any bachelor degree ranks higher than any TAFE course.
          So I assume Tasmania has free courses as well - a bit of research will help.

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        There is an exception if the course you want to do, is on the National Skills Needs list. However you are only allowed a maximum of 2 funded courses in your lifetime.

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        Crap - I have a PhD. Was actually keen to take this up and do something different.

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        Not sure this is the same in NSW/Vic.

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      if my bachelor's degree was not from Australia but from overseas, does that still make me not eligible?

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        If you don't declare it, they don't know about it.

        I'll leave it at that.

      • +1 vote

        Yes, you are not eligible.

        I would not try to withhold it from them because at some time in the future you will use your bachelor degree and might need it certified as being comparable which is done by government.
        You really do not want to commit fraud for this, do you?

        If you gained $50 million, then it is worth the risk but not for a TAFE course.

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        They only count Australian education. It doesn't matter even if you declare it. At-least that's how it works in VIC. My wife had a Masters from overseas. She did a diploma here. Although its in a different field.

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    Can anyone do it? Say you already have a recent Masters degree?

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    I wonder if there will be any restrictions around having had previous qualifications.
    ie, will already having a degree in something else stop you from being eligible?

  • +9 votes

    Do you get.edu.au email when you sign up ?

  • +2 votes

    I have a master's degree. Still hard to find a proper job.sad

  • +3 votes

    Very happy to hear more opportunities for people to get ahead in life. Can only be a good thing for our society.

    • +1 vote

      call me cynical but this will allow more people to take up a tafe course that they will never complete without financial consequence to them.

      Should add… I'm okay for it to be free if they finish the course, obviously based in case by case if you cannot finish it for special circumstances

  • -2 votes

    Rubbish policy and waste of tax payers money!
    Some of these FREE courses are in the job and skill that is going doom and dumped in the future. These courses not going to create jobs or getting our kids a job for the future.

    Don't be surprised more and more rubbish polices are coming, because elections are coming soon.

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    Now my OZB mind says that, after completing VCE, don't go to university. Instead go to a TAFE, get a diploma and then transfer to a university. A number of universities actually have association with TAFE providers where you are guaranteed admission to second year of a bachelors degree. For example, look up Deakin College, and their association with Deakin University.

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      If you can get the free courses and don't mind wasting time, then yes, you will save some money.

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        lol wasting time, Are you going to get to your retirement age and think "Geez I really wish I did 1 more year of work instead of going to TAFE!"

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          No mate. 1 more year of not having a proper income being able to buy nice toys and have a nice life instead of struggling. Or retiring earlier.
          And remember, a diploma in business for example encompasses all the previous certs. So why do them all twice?

  • +3 votes

    What's eveyone whinging about? This has been going on for years.
    I was looking into these free/subsidised courses when Brumby & then Baillieu were premiers.
    It sounds like Andrews is just re-announcing exisiting Govt policy.

    The current policy appears to be open to Kiwis!
    http://www.skills.vic.gov.au/victorianskillsgateway/Students...

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      This is different. The one you linked is for every course and is subsidized but the one here is free.

      But you're right, We shouldn't have to subsidize Kiwis with our own money. Absolutely nasty people when I went for a holiday visit to the south island.

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        When i looked into it the subsidy was 100% for the courses I looked at (a few cert 4s & train the trainer sort of thing) baillieu basically killed off TAFE and handed the subsidy over to private education in its place. I remember at the time thinking how generous, especially for those who only had yr12.

        But When you're burying manufacturing which was the mainstay of the Victorian economy since the gold rush, you need to reskill the locals of something

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    I really hope those dodgy private colleges get left out of the program this time around. They stung the taxpayer for almost 1 billion last time this crap was implemented with loopholes.

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      This is probably why Its been given to TAFEs instead- greater accountability.

      • -2 votes

        NO-it's been given to TAFES because they are dysfunctional, full of failed trainers and administrative prima donnas delivering useless qualifications to many people they know will never find work. However, they cannot be allowed to fall over because they are Government supported.

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          So true. Unless you are looking at a non-professional career then you are wasting your time and taxpayers money going to TAFE… The first thought that comes to hiring managers is why couldn't they get into Uni

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    well if this isn't a sign i need to move to VIC…

  • +1 vote

    What's with all the libertarians lol

  • +3 votes

    TAFE courses have integrity and aren't like some of rhose shonkey private operators who enroll students, then go broke, students lose money, students don't get credit for completed work. Then dirctors start up new private Registered Training Organisation with different name. Repeat the process again, pocket student fees and so it goes on.

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