ACT is committed to providing a free TAFE

From 2023, students in Canberra will be able to access free courses at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) as the Australian Governments and ACT have signed a landmark 12-month skills agreement to address the current skills shortage.

The agreement will inject more than $16.5 million into the ACT skills and training sector, with immediate support for more than 2,500 free TAFE places at CIT in 2023.

Free TAFE and Vocational Education will better match training to skills shortages in ACT, identified through the Priority Skills List, resulting in enrollments in key sectors.

The course list will see around 840 free places in the care sector, 600 in hospitality and tourism, 400 in technology and digital, 50 in construction, 40 in sovereign capacity including trades in the space, and 600 in other priority sectors, including basic skills. .

A total of 46 qualifications and pre-apprenticeships at CIT will be available free of charge to eligible students, including:

  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Certificate III in Hospitality
  • Mental Health Certificate IV
  • Certificate II in Electronics
  • Certificate II in Construction Course

There will also be a range of short courses offered, such as cybersecurity awareness, screen camera skills, introduction to tree growing and electric vehicle charging training.

The agreement will increase opportunities and labor market participation for priority groups, including First Nations Australians, young people (17-24 years), those unemployed or on income support, unpaid carers, women undertaking studies in non-traditional fields, persons with disabilities and certain categories of visa holders.

The 12-month skills agreement confirms TAFE’s central role in the VET sector, increases opportunities and participation in the workforce for priority groups and closes skills gaps in the workforce. economy.

ACT’s public provider, the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), will offer the full ACT training places, ensuring that training opportunities are available for all eligible students.

The agreement includes a commitment from the Australian Government of $0.58 million for essential VET data infrastructure reform in ACT, and $50 million to upgrade TAFE campuses and facilities. nationwide training.

All governments have also agreed on a vision and guiding principles for longer-term VET reform to start in 2024.

Quotes attributable to MP Brendan O’Connor, Minister of Skills and Training

The Australian Government recognizes the urgency of the skills crisis facing the nation and the unique challenges facing the ACT, which is why this agreement is so important.

If we are to provide more opportunities in ACT for secure and rewarding employment, we must be able to train and retrain our workforce.

Whether it is a need to grow our care sector, construction, hospitality and tourism, or the technology and digital sectors, we need to provide these skills at a time of acute skills shortages .

I am delighted to make this joint investment to expand opportunities for all Canberranians.

Quotes attributable to Chris Steel MLA, ACT Minister for Skills

These free TAFE training places delivered through CIT will help address many key skills shortages identified in the ACT economy.

With such a low unemployment rate here, the free TAFE aims to reduce barriers to training for in-demand jobs.

I encourage Canberrans in priority groups to take the opportunity to register for next year’s high quality free courses provided by CIT.

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