More affordable options at TAFE Western in 2016

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More affordable and easier access to quality education and training in 2016 means there’s never been a better time to consider studying at TAFE Western.

Institute Director Kate Baxter said changes to Smart and Skilled meant that more than 85 per cent of the current traineeship qualifications on the NSW Skills List will be cheaper for students in 2016.

Smart and Skilled for 2016 will present a number of exciting and cheaper opportunities for those considering going to TAFE next year.

“These NSW Government changes have the potential to provide more affordable education and training options for thousands of people in western NSW,” she said.

“For school leavers, people considering a career change or those needing to upskill, there’s never been a better time to consider going to TAFE.”

Changes announced in 2016 include:

  • Students with a disability or dependents of Disability Support Pension recipients will be exempt from fees for any Smart and Skilled qualification.
  • Smart and Skilled traineeship fees will be capped at $1,000.
  • More fee-free scholarships will be available to help disadvantaged young people.
  • If you already have a Certificate IV or higher qualification you will be able to access subsidised Smart and Skilled training up to Certificate III level.

“These changes will help support people who need training or re-training to enter or re-enter the workforce and will also assist in removing any barriers to training experienced by people with disabilities and disadvantaged youth across NSW,” Ms Baxter said.

“More than 85 per cent of the current traineeship qualifications on the NSW Skills List will be cheaper for students in 2016 which is perfect timing as thousands of school leavers weigh up their future options.”

A full list of eligibility criteria is available at https://smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au/. Alternatively, visit tafewestern.edu.au or phone 1300 823 393 for information, advice or enrolments.