26 September 2023

Fee-free courses a ‘skiller’ for TAFE

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TAFE NSW’s fee-free short courses have passed 100,000 enrolments since being introduced in April as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the enthusiasm for upskilling during a period of restrictions showed TAFE NSW was a vital educational provider.

“To pass 100,000 enrolments in such a short time is truly a remarkable result,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Every part of NSW has embraced the 21 fee-free courses on offer in some way,” she said.

“This program is assisting people look for a new job or allowing career progression at a time when we are facing enormous economic and social challenges.”

Ms Berejiklian said that 54 per cent of enrolments were from regional NSW.

She said that the ‘Statement of Attainment in Medical Administration Skills’ was the most popular course in regional NSW while the ‘Statement of Attainment in Team Leader Skills Set’ was the most popular course in metropolitan NSW.

She said 48 per cent of students were studying with TAFE NSW for the first time.

Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education, Geoff Lee said the Government of Queensland had copied the idea to offer fee-free TAFE courses, passing 7,000 enrolments since the courses were made available.

Further information on TAFE’s fee-free short course can be accessed at this PS News link.

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