Lower fees, local skills delivers 20% increase in Technical and Further Education TAFE enrolments

Half-price course fees initiative supporting skills for WA.

The McGowan Labor Government's 50 per cent cut to TAFE fees is already having a positive impact, with early data showing a significant increase in TAFE enrolments. Half price fees on 34 priority courses have now commenced under the Lower fees, local skills program. Preliminary data from all five WA TAFE colleges shows a 20 per cent increase in student enrolments, with strong take-up in high priority courses. The fee reductions have been targeted to align with emerging skills shortages and important sectors of the local economy including aged and disability care, METRONET and civil construction, defence, hospitality and tourism.

  • Certificate III in Engineering — Fabrication Trade (Heavy/Welding YH) has seen an additional 146 students enrol compared to 2019, an increase of 85 per cent.
  • Certificate IV in Cyber Security has seen and additional 114 enrolments, an 85 per cent increase.
  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is up by 191 students, or 40 per cent,
  • Certificate IV in Preparation for Health and Nursing Studies is up by 123 students, or 31 per cent.

The commercial cookery qualification is proving popular with early data showing an increase in enrolments of more than 20 per cent across all of the five TAFE colleges, compared to the same time last year. Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today visited the Joondalup campus of North Metropolitan TAFE to meet with WA's up-and-coming student chefs. Enrolled in the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, the students are cutting their teeth in fully equipped kitchens and the Pavilion a 'la carte restaurant, which is a real-life training environment for the next generation of star chefs, wait staff and front of house staff.

The Lower fees, local skills webpage has been viewed more than 105,000 times since the initiative was announced in October 2019.

Find out more about Lower fees, local skills or contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64.

"There are some fantastic career opportunities for chefs and cooks, but to get those top jobs you will need a qualification and be job ready. It is wonderful to see these young people at the start of their careers, getting the skills they need for future jobs, without having to pay substantial course fees." said Minister Ellery. "The Lower fees, local skills initiative is making training more affordable for thousands of Western Australians and also supporting job growth areas and the diversification of our economy, now and long into the future."

Chefs appearing in image for lower fees locals skills