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TAFE Queensland funding boost a blessing for jobseekers

TAFE TRAINING: Apprentices Nick Wood and Bailey Huth on the lathe. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
TAFE TRAINING: Apprentices Nick Wood and Bailey Huth on the lathe. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

STUDENTS across the Gympie and Wide Bay region are set to benefit from a $22.8m boost to TAFE Queensland's funding for the next three years.

The Rescuing TAFE funding package from the State Government will create more than 660 subsidised training places across the region.

The subsidies are targeted at people who already hold a qualification and are unemployed, looking for a career change or want to improve their skills in their current job.

TAFE Queensland East Coast general manager Dr Paul Wilson said the funding was part of a process to restore TAFE Queensland as the premier public provider.

"The open competition has created an environment where we have a number of private providers who are for profit offering lower-quality courses," he said.

"All people in Queensland, who are eligible, are entitled to one subsidised lot of VET training," Dr Wilson said.

Of the 660 funded places, 312 were part of second chance funding.

At the Bundaberg campus, 76 students have taken up the second chance funding.

"With all these private RTOs coming into the system there are a lot of people who have taken six-week aged care courses for $59 and can't get employment because those qualifications aren't of a high-quality."

He said the subsidies would be available across a number of programs, including automotive, business, health and more.

For more visit www.tafeqld.edu.au or visit the Gympie campus at 71 Cartwright Rd, Gympie.

Topics:  gympie gympie tafe tafe training and education wide bay



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