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Government funded training


Now is the ideal time to make a start on gaining new skills, or upgrading your existing skills, to help you get the job or promotion you want.

The Victorian Training Guarantee is making vocational education and training more accessible to people who do not hold a post-school qualification, or who want to gain a higher level qualification than they already hold.

There are now Government subsidised training places available to people who meet the eligibility criteria.

Am I eligible for a government subsidised training place?

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If you are looking to improve your skills, but cannot afford the time or money to attend TAFE or University, you could consider a traineeship.

  • Traineeships combine paid work with learning
  • Traineeships round out your skills, and give you up to date knowledge
  • Traineeships are customised and flexible
  • Traineeships result in a nationally recognised qualification

Traditionally students would need to spend their own time attending training. A traineeship is a great way to build or further your career while getting paid for it, which means less personal time spent learning.

About Traineeships

There are three main types of traineeships:

  • New entrant – for new workers who wish to learn and gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • Existing Worker traineeships – for staff who are looking to formalise their skills and validate the hard work they have done, and gain job security for the future
  • School based Traineeships –  gain vocational qualifications at Certificate II and III levels through a combination of classroom training and paid work-based experience, while undertaking Year 11 or Year 12


Meeting the needs of adult learners:

  • Flexible learning opportunities – trainees have a choice of learning options, and encouragement to learn in a way that meets learning styles or preferences
  • Relevant learning – trainees receive encouragement to implement learning on the job
  • Learning that incorporates experience – existing worker traineeships encourage growth and personal development


Employer Incentives

The Australian Government has introduced a number of initiatives to assist employers who take on an Australian Apprentice or Trainee, particularly where the Australian Apprenticeship or Traineeship is in a trade experiencing a skills shortage. These initiatives provide financial incentives to eligible employers through the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program.


For information on what incentices your organisation may be eligible for, visit Australian Apprenticeships.

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Full Fee for Service

Full Fee (fee for service) places do not attract any government funding for the delivery of the course.

If you are not eligible for a government subsidised place or have only been offered a self funded place, you are charged self funded course fees that cover the cost of your study in that course for the calendar year. Rates are derived for full-cost recovery, and are based on the appropriate number of hours and the nature of the course. Further fees apply in subsequent years.

Please note that:

  • fee for service funded places are not subsidised by the government in any way
  • fee for services funded course fee rates vary, depending on the length and nature of the course


Fee for Service Fee Rates 

To see the exact rate applicable to the course in which you are interested, please download the 2014 Course Fees List.


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Classroom Based Learning

What is Classroom Based Learning?

It is an interactive, Trainer-led approach where the Trainer and the student meet in a classroom for a specific duration of time in a common location. Although each individual has his/her own preferred method of learning, trainer-led classroom training is widely accepted as the best option to learn knowledge and skills. Classroom Based Learning has multiple benefits and may be the best fit for you. The combination of presentation, demonstration, practice and interactivity makes this learning modality one of the most robust options available for learners who want to participate in group activities, group learning and group discussions.

Key Benefits

  • Fewer distractions
  • Higher learning rate
  • Creates a comfortable environment for students
  • Goals easily achieved
  • Collaborate and network with other students
  • Exposure to a diverse range of backgrounds
  • Gain skills to apply towards a nationally recognised qualification