Premier Mark McGowan and Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery announced today another 107 new courses will have their fees slashed by half or more, as part of the new $103.4 million JobTrainer Agreement with the Australian Government. This further investment in WA’s training sector builds on the $57 million WA Recovery Plan training programs to create a pipeline of skilled workers to help with WA’s economic recovery.
Reduced course fees for these additional 107 courses will apply to study that commences from 1 January 2021; and applications and enrolments are open now.
Under the highly successful Lower fees, local skills* initiative, the McGowan Government has now slashed fees by up to 72 per cent for a total of 180 courses to make training more affordable for Western Australians. The initiative has already seen enrolments in eligible priority vocational education and training (VET) courses increase by 20 per cent. The list of available courses has been expanded in consultation with industry to engage jobseekers, women and young people, to meet immediate and emerging skill requirements. People under 25, and eligible people of all ages looking for work, will pay no more than $400 in annual course fees.
The 107 additional reduced-fee courses will deliver training in sectors including building and construction, manufacturing, information technology, mining, engineering, aquaculture, agriculture, horticulture and logistics. More free short courses will also be added to meet emerging skills needs. These skill sets are completely free for those looking for work or people under 25 to help get them into jobs.
“Our government has made TAFE a priority, and this announcement means we have now reduced TAFE fees for a total of 180 courses. This is all about ensuring Western Australians are given the best possible opportunity to undertake training, enter the workforce and play a part in WA’s economic recovery.“ said Mr McGowan. “Our investment in training has already had a strong response from students and employers and I am pleased that we can capitalise on the momentum created to support WA’s recovery.".
* This program is funded by JobTrainer — a joint initiative of the Western Australian and Australian governments.