TAFE cuts prompt rush for study in Bunbury

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South Regional Tafe Comercial Cookery lecturers Amanda Smith and Ian Frost with judge Sallie Brittain (centre).
Camera IconSouth Regional Tafe Comercial Cookery lecturers Amanda Smith and Ian Frost with judge Sallie Brittain (centre). Credit: Emily Ace/South Western Times, Emily Ace

State Government cuts to TAFE fees have boosted enrolment numbers in areas such as aged care, disability and early childhood education, according to South Regional TAFE’s Bunbury campus.

From January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2021, the course fee rate per hour for several priority qualifications will be reduced by 50 per cent.

The lower fees apply to Bunbury courses Certificate IV in Ageing Support, Certificate III in Tourism, Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (apprenticeship) and Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology (apprenticeship).

“We have seen a positive response to the lower fees, local skills program in Bunbury,” a South Regional TAFE spokeswoman said.

“The reduction of fees has encouraged additional students to pursue their studies.

“We have seen more students enrolling in areas such as aged care and individual support, disability and early childhood education.”

South Regional TAFE managing director Sue Lapham said this would encourage more people to get the training they needed to gain work in high jobs growth areas.

“We are pleased to offer lower fees and local skills qualifications that will enable more people to enrol in courses locally and receive quality training,” Ms Lapham said.

“The half-price fees are a step towards boosting enrolment numbers. “All qualifications under the program were chosen to match skills employers need and are in industry areas with high jobs growth, with skills offering good local employment prospects.

“Our experienced, knowledgeable lecturers know what employers are looking for and provide students with the support they need to complete training.”

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