ACT signs up to deliver free TAFE

From 2023, Canberra students will be able to access free courses at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), as the Australian governments and ACT 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 with ACT skills gaps, identified through the skills priority list, boosting enrollments in key sectors.

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

A total of 46 qualifications and pre-apprenticeships at CIT will be available at no charge to eligible students, including:

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

A variety of short courses will also be offered, such as Cyber ​​Security Awareness, Screen Camera Skills, Introduction to Arboriculture, and Electric Vehicle Charging Training.

The Agreement will increase opportunities and labor participation for priority groups, including First Nations Australians, young people (17-24), people out of work or receiving income support, unpaid carers, women studying in non-traditional fields, people 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 job participation for priority groups and addresses skills gaps in the economy.

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The public provider of ACT, the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), will deliver the entirety of ACT training places, ensuring that training opportunities are available to all eligible students.

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

All governments also agreed on a vision and guiding principles for the longer-term VET reform starting in 2024.

Citations attributable to Brendan O’Connor MP, Minister for Skills and Training

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

If we want to provide greater opportunities on the ACT for secure and rewarding employment, we must be able to train and retrain our workforce.

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

I am delighted to make this investment together to expand opportunities for all Canberrans.

Citations attributable to Chris Steel MLA, ACT Skills Minister

These free TAFE training venues provided through CIT will help address many key skill gaps identified in the ACT economy.

With such a low unemployment rate here, TAFE Free is all about lowering the barriers to undertaking training for the jobs that are in demand.

I encourage Canberrans in the priority groups to take the opportunity to enroll for next year in high quality free courses delivered by CIT.

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