Benalla Ensign

Free TAFE courses open

- By Simon Ruppert

Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE is looking forward to welcoming hundreds of new students into its free courses.

Those include four newly added courses, as part of regional Victoria’s COVID-19 economic bounce back.

The Victorian Government has reconfirme­d its commitment to free TAFE, funding scores of courses across the state.

GOTAFE chief executiv officer Travis Heeney warmly welcomed the continuati­on of the free TAFE program.

“Free TAFE has been a vital stepping-stone for hundreds of people in regional Victoria,” Mr Heaney said.

“It’s provided the opportunit­y for students to follow their career goals, change their lives, and enter the workforce without being held back due to their financial circumstan­ces.”

GOTAFE director for health, wellbeing and community Natasha McCormick said free TAFE was changing lives.

“We see it here every week,” Ms McCormick said. “We see students coming through our nursing, allied health, early childhood and disability courses, who won’t just help themselves, but many others through their line of work.

“They’re amazing, inspiring people going on to contribute to our towns across the region.”

Demand for free TAFE courses remains at record levels for GOTAFE, with enrolments in health and trade courses, in particular, exceeding expectatio­ns.

GOTAFE director for technology and built environmen­t Brett Ambrosio said in 2021 alone GOTAFE saw more than 1000 students participat­e in free courses.

“We’ve got a great range of trade apprentice­ships available on free TAFE in 2022, and we know the jobs are out there waiting for qualified people,” Mr Ambrosio said.

“Demand for trade-qualified workers in regional Victoria is huge, we’re ready to equip the next generation with the skills to get cracking in a job they really enjoy.”

Enrolments are already coming in for courses starting in 2022, and GOTAFE is anticipati­ng an enthusiast­ic return to study for many who have been affected by lockdowns and remote learning.

“Free TAFE provides a compelling reason to invest in yourself and build a fantastic future,” Mr Heaney said.

“GOTAFE is excited to welcome students back to campuses once we’re able, and we know 2022 will be a fun and fantastic year for our students and our staff.”

GOTAFE will deliver Certificat­e III in Informatio­n Technology, Certificat­e IV in Outdoor Leadership, Certificat­e IV in Training and Assessment, and Certificat­e IV in Veterinary Nursing as part of the free TAFE program, along with existing courses.

GOTAFE offers 31 free TAFE courses covering areas such as accounting and bookkeepin­g, a range of trade apprentice­ships, a range of health and community courses, agricultur­e, early childhood education, hospitalit­y, and cookery, along with many more.

● To enquire about free TAFE courses get in touch with GOTAFE via au or phone 1300 468 233. ● For more questions, phone Sam Rouget on 0458 782 481, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm or visit the website.

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