Fees for TAFE courses to be cut

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Selected courses at South Regional TAFE will have their fees reduced next year.
Camera IconSelected courses at South Regional TAFE will have their fees reduced next year.

People looking to gain new skills have been given a boost with the announcement that some South Regional TAFE courses will cost less.

From January 1 to December 31, 2020, the course fee rate per hour for selected courses will be reduced by 50 per cent.

The maximum annual fee is capped at $400 for concession students and youths and $1200 for non-concession students for each course.

The fee reduction is a result of the State Government’s Lower fees, local skills program to make vocational education and training more affordable.

The two-year initiative’s aim is to stimulate training in job growth areas and support sectors including aged and disability care, defence, hospitality and tourism.

South Regional TAFE managing director Duncan Anderson said the announcement was great news for prospective students and industry in the South West.

“The Government recognises priority industry areas and this initiative will stimulate employment and the regions’ economy,” Mr Anderson said.

He also urged young people to get career advice from the Jobs and Skills centres in Bunbury and Albany campuses.

“I’d advise them to enrol in a course – get training,” he said.

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and Certificate III in Individual Support are the courses which will have reduced fees at Manjimup.

Certificates in ageing support, commercial cookery, community services, engineering-fabrication and hospitality are some of the courses also available in Bunbury.

Visit www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/lowerfees for more information.

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