VET study to cost less

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VO­CA­TIONAL ed­u­ca­tion will be­come a lot cheaper for low-in­come earn­ers if states agree to a plan an­nounced by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment this month.

Un­der the pro­posal, there will be no up­front fees for any stu­dent pur­su­ing a VET diploma or ad­vanced diploma, ex­cept for stu­dents whose in­come ex­ceeds the min­i­mum thresh­old.

The plan also would en­sure all stu­dents study­ing en­try-level cour­ses – in sec­tors such as health, busi­ness, hos­pi­tal­ity, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, con­struc­tion and trans­port – would be guar­an­teed a gov­ern­ment-sub­sidised train­ing place.

Ac­cord­ing to Prime Min­is­ter Ju­lia Gil­lard, stu­dents un­der­tak­ing these stud­ies had to fork out up­front fees of up to $2500.

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