If you’ve been considering undertaking a VET course, you’ve most definitely considered how much said course will cost, how you will pay for it and your funding options. VET courses can be very expensive, with fees ranging from AUD$4000 to $22,000 per year. Higher-level vocational courses, including vocational graduate certificates and diplomas, may have even higher fees. For some, this makes it completely impossible to study a vocational course. That’s why it’s important to check if your institution offers government funding and if you’re eligible to receive it. Government funding options vary from state to state, so it’s important that you look into the state that you’ll be studying in. Victoria’s government funding initiative is called The Skills First Program.
The Skills First Program is the Victorian Government funding initiative that launched in January 2017 which gives eligible students access to subsidised training and aims to support those courses which are most likely to lead to employment. So, what does this mean? Essentially, the Victorian Government pays for some or all of your course fees for your chosen course, if you’re eligible that is. Skills Firstprovides real training for real jobs through:
Skills First ensures Victoria can provide the skilled workers needed for the six sectors primed for major job growth: medical technology and pharmaceuticals, new energy technology, food and fibre, transport, defence and construction technology, international education and professional services.
To be eligible for a government funded training position, you need to meet a certain criteria.
To be eligible for Victorian Government funding, you must:
Your course tuition fees include fees that may be covered under The Skills First Program, if you’re an eligible student, as well as fees that aren’t covered under government funding schemes such as administration charges, amenities, and goods or materials, etc. Different courses have different tuition fees. For more information on KAL Training’s student course tuition fees, please click here.
Concession tuition fees are discounted tuition fees for government subsidised training places. With KAL Training, concessions on tuition fees are available for the following eligible students for Certificate I – IV courses:
It’s important to note that enrolmentfor eligible students is under The Skills First Program and may impact access to further government subsidised training. For above Card Holders, concessions do not apply to Diploma and Advanced Diploma level qualifications.
It’s definitely worth looking into your eligibility for government funding when considering undertaking a VET study. KAL Training offer a wide-range of courses and offer Victorian Government funding to those eligible. Take a look at our courses and funding information. If you have any enquiries, please call us at 1800-244-438.