Free Tafe cour­ses avail­able for de­part­ing Year 12s

Balonne Beacon - - NEWS -

A CAM­PAIGN, of­fer­ing free Tafe train­ing for Year 12 grad­u­ates, has been launched by Queens­land Train­ing and Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Shan­non Fen­ti­man.

Un­der the scheme the Queens­land Govern­ment will cover the full cost of train­ing fees so stu­dents will not have to con­trib­ute fi­nan­cially.

This year’s co­hort of high school grad­u­ates have the op­tion of nearly 160 “high pri­or­ity” qual­i­fi­ca­tions in ar­eas such as hos­pi­tal­ity, ru­ral op­er­a­tions and en­gi­neer­ing.

Speak­ing at Been­leigh State High School near Bris­bane on Fri­day, Ms Fen­ti­man said Tafe of­fered a vast ar­ray of study ar­eas.

“Free Tafe for Year 12 grad­u­ates is a great op­por­tu­nity for those who want to fol­low a path in any num­ber of ca­reers,” she said.

High-pri­or­ity cour­ses are deemed to be those teach­ing skills that are most in de­mand from em­ploy­ers.

Cur­rently, high-pri­or­ity train­ing cov­ers more than 30 in­dus­tries in Aus­tralia.

To ac­cess the free Tafe, stu­dents need to en­rol and start an ap­pren­tice­ship, trainee­ship or train­ing with an ap­proved provider by the end of the year af­ter their grad­u­a­tion.

For 2018 grad­u­ates, it means they will have to be en­rolled and train­ing by De­cem­ber 31, 2019.

Last year’s round of grad­u­ates are also el­i­gi­ble if they en­rol by De­cem­ber 31 this year.

PHOTO: KEVIN FARMER

RIGHT PATH: Car­pen­try ap­pren­tices Cooper Bowyer (left) and Jake Holmes at Tafe South West.

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