Schoolies Skill Up as 160 TAFE Courses Go Free

The Palaszczuk Government has announced it will cover the costs of training for Queensland year 12 graduates who start a high priority qualification at TAFE.


The 160 high priority qualification courses available under the Free TAFE program range from Construction and Aviation, through to Childcare and Tourism.


"This will change the lives of many 18 year olds in Bancroft," said Chris Whiting MP.


"Queensland’s tourism and hospitality industry continues to grow with projects like Queen’s Wharf and the Brisbane Airport Second runway.


"It is forecast that tourism and hospitality alone will need over 20,000 more people in jobs by 2020. 


“Free TAFE courses will give our kids the best opportunity to get these future jobs, as well as job in other growth industries.


“Free TAFE is a practical measure from the Palaszczuk government that signals to kids that higher education is not out of reach for them.


“It will encourage them to believe that further education is a right available to all.


“With only 13 per cent of students in the Moreton Bay region going on to University, compared to more than 50 per cent in inner Brisbane, this measure will change the futures of participants,” said Chris Whiting.


“Only the Palaszczuk Government has the drive and the plans to create opportunities to get young people into higher education, creating equal opportunities for all,” said Chris Whiting.


For more information on the Free TAFE program, including eligibility, and a full course list visit:


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