New courses and fee cuts for TAFE students

New courses and fee cuts for TAFE students

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Member for Thornlie Chris Tallentire with Thornlie TAFE lecturer Jamie Michael.

A $57 million recovery package for WA TAFE and the training sector was unveiled earlier this month and a local member of parliament said the help was much needed.

The package will help deliver 15 free short courses and slash TAFE fees for 39 courses between 50 per cent and up to 72 per cent for diploma courses, including five from the Thornlie campus.

This is on top of the announcement that eight courses will be discounted at Thornlie at the start of semester 1, 2020 as part of the ‘Lower fees, Local Skills’ initiative.

From second semester, the maximum annual fee concession students and youth will pay is capped at $400, and $1200 for non-concession students.

Member for Thornlie Chris Tallentire welcomed the announcement and said it was needed especially with the impacts of COVID-19.

“The slashing of TAFE fees earlier in the year provided much needed affordability to local students who would otherwise have previously been priced out of TAFE,” he said.

“These fee cuts and new free short courses provide great opportunities for people to gain training and skills to help their employment prospects.”

The free short courses available at Thornlie TAFE vary from cyber security, logistics and warehousing, to operating a small business and two construction courses.

These will provide a launchpad for students to up-skill for new jobs and provide pathways to full qualifications.

Enrolments are open now, for more information visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au or contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64.