Free Tafe courses available for departing Year 12s
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.
RIGHT PATH: Carpentry apprentices Cooper Bowyer (left) and Jake Holmes at Tafe South West.