Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced that Western Australian TAFE colleges have adapted their training delivery to enable students to continue their studies, with Term 2 beginning tomorrow Tuesday April 28.
TAFE's new blended delivery approach for Term 2 allows training to continue in line with the latest COVID-19 health advice around social distancing measures, ensuring the safety of students and staff. The blended delivery will include learning via online and interactive technologies, and will include face-to-face delivery where necessary and where adequate social distancing measures can be implemented. Courses previously delivered online will continue to be delivered online.
To ensure regulatory and/or industry requirements are met, practical learning and assessments have largely been deferred to when students can safely return to campus.
TAFE colleges will work with students to identify solutions for their specific circumstances, and provide assistance for students to complete their courses without extra cost.
"The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented — our TAFE colleges have been working hard to support students get back into training this term. It is critical we continue to train people in courses that will help boost the economy." the Premier said. "We have cut fees for 34 priority TAFE courses by 50 per cent to encourage more people back into training, which will be especially important in the post-COVID19 economic recovery period.".