Victorian State Budget – Changes to apprenticeship and traineeship funding!


Last night the Victorian Government announced several changes and new initiatives that affect traineeships, apprenticeships and vocational pathways.

There were major initiatives announced in the vocational education & training sector. We’ve compiled an easy-to-read guide, breaking it all down for you.

To find out what this mean for you, read on.

Head Start Apprenticeships and Traineeships

A new model for Australian School Based Apprentices (ASBAs) will be piloted in high demand trades such as Construction and emerging industries. The pilot will deliver 1700 ASBAs, and involve an optional extra year of school (i.e. 3-year VCAL) to enable more ASBAs to complete more of their apprenticeship and obtain a job sooner. This initiative will also fund 50 Community Industry and Employment coordinators to support participating schools and employers and to implement this initiative.

Free TAFE for priority courses

This is a major announcement!

From January 1st, 2019 TAFE courses will be free (i.e. no tuition fees) in the following courses. Nominated apprenticeship pathway courses (i.e. pre-apprenticeships) in priority areas will also be free to encourage higher participation and opportunities for students to consider undertaking apprenticeships. There will also be a further 10 courses added to the ‘free’ list in 2020

The initial 20 non-apprenticeship courses and 18 apprenticeship pathway courses in 2019 are:

  • Cert 4/Diploma/Adv Diploma in Accounting
  • Cert 4 in Ageing Support
  • Cert 2/3/4 in Agriculture
  • Cert 3 in Agriculture (Dairy Production)
  • Cert 3/4 in Allied Health Assistance
  • Cert 2 in Automotive Air Conditioning Tech
  • Cert 2 in Automotive Body Repair Tech
  • Cert 2 in Automotive Servicing Tech
  • Cert 2 in Automotive Vocational Prep
  • Cert 4/Diploma in Building and Construction (Building)
  • Cert 3 in Civil Construction
  • Cert 3/4/Diploma in Community Services
  • Cert 3 in Concreting
  • Cert 3 in Construction Waterproofing
  • Cert 3/4 Dental Assisting
  • Cert 3/4 in Disability
  • Cert 3/4 in Education Support
  • Cert 4 in Engineering
  • Cert 3 in Horticulture
  • Cert 3 in Hospitality
  • Cert 3 in Individual Support
  • Cert 4 in Mental Health
  • Diploma of Nursing
  • Cert 4 in Plumbing and Services
  • Cert 2 in Construction Pathways
  • Cert 2 in Electrotechnology (Career Start)
  • Cert 2 in Electrotechnology (Pre-Vocational)
  • Cert 2 in Engineering Pathways
  • Cert 2 in Engineering Studies
  • Cert 2 in Furniture Making
  • Cert 2 in Glass and Glazing
  • Cert 2 in Horticulture
  • Cert 2 in Meat Processing (Food Services)
  • Cert 2 in Plumbing (Pre-Apprenticeship)
  • Cert 2 in Printing and Graphic Arts (General)
  • Cert 2 in Retail Baking Assistance
  • Cert 2 in Salon Assistant
  • Cert 2 in Signage and Graphics

Quality Apprenticeships to drive job opportunities in the modern economy

Quality standards for apprenticeships and traineeships will be improved through the introduction of independent assessments, updated learning materials and the re-introduction of trade papers

Responding to Victorian job growth with more training

The Government will continue and further extend its investment in TAFE and training sector to support eligible students to access training and develop skills. Funding will also be available for additional training to develop skilled workforces in government priority areas including family violence, the NDIS and infrastructure projects.

The Asylum seeker Vocational Education and Training (VET) program will continue to fund asylum seekers and refugees to access training.

Tech Schools

Funding will be provided to the 10 Tech schools in Ballarat, Banule-Nillumbik, Bendigo, Casey, Geelong, Gippsland, Monash, Whittlesea, Wyndham and Yarra Ranges regions.

Enhancing secondary vocational pathway

Funding will be provided to develop a Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) Quality Assurance Framework that will assist schools in purchasing high-quality VETiS. Additional funding will support the delivery of VETiS programs and increase the provision of VETiS by TAFEs.

Careers Education in Government Schools

Career education in government schools will be redesigned to assist students to make better career and pathway decisions and to meet the needs of business and industry. Year 9 students will have better access to a new careers e-portfolio and will be assisted by professional career diagnostic assessment and guidance.

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