Online shopping. Food delivery. Zoom meetings.
More and more things are moving online – and your education and training aren’t excluded from that list.
While life in Melbourne is slowly returning to (almost) normal following COVID, it’s no secret that the trend for going online is quickly increasing.
If you’re thinking about starting a course in Melbourne, the first thing you’re going to be thinking about is whether or not online learning is an option.
Specifically, if you’re studying a highly practical, hands-on course, you’re probably wondering how much of it can be completed online.
And that’s what we’re here to explain today.
What government-funded courses are available in Melbourne?
Skills First funding
Skills First is a massive Victorian government program with 3 main goals:
- Revitalise the state’s TAFEs
- Provide workers for high-demand industries
- Give students access to training
There are a lot of schemes designed to achieve these goals – one of which is subsidised TAFE and TAFE-equivalent courses.
Eligible students will be able to complete a number of training courses at a number of participating institutions without having to worry about tuition thanks to this program. Both partial and complete subsidies are available depending on the course.
In order to qualify for the scheme, eligible students:
- Must be Australian citizens or permanent residents
- Hold New Zealand citizenship
- Live in Victoria
- Must be aged under 20
- Are enrolling in a higher qualification than their current highest level of training
It might sound like it’s just Year 12 graduates who qualify – don’t worry, there are also allowances for others:
- Workers who’ve been retrenched and plan on retraining
- Automotive and coal-fired power plant workers who’ve been affected by their industry’s closure
- Vulnerable groups like asylum seekers and victims of human trafficking
What courses in Melbourne can be studied online?
Melbourne students have access to a range of different schemes that partially – or fully – cover the cost of training. You’ll be able to retrain, upskill or start your career without having to pay for tuition in full.
And many of the courses on offer at Academia are covered by these schemes, including:
- Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (Childcare)
- Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (Childcare)
- Certificate III in Hospitality
- Certificate IV in Hospitality
- Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
- Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery
- Certificate III in Patisserie
- Certificate IV in Patisserie
- Diploma of Hospitality Management
- Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management
Of course, a lot of these courses such as commercial cookery or our childcare courses in Melbourne are very hands-on – how well does this translate into online learning?
How much of your course in Melbourne can be completed online?
It depends on your course.
Each of our courses has a different ratio of theoretical learning to practical training. Some lean more theory-heavy, while others lean more practical.
The only way to know for sure is to get in contact with our friendly course advisors, who will be more than happy to help you figure out what your options are.
It’s rare that you’ll be able to complete your course 100% online – however, that doesn’t mean that partially studying isn’t an option.
It’s completely possible to complete parts of your government-funded course online.
Whichever course you enrol in, our online learning system gives you more options and flexibility in how you approach your training…
Studying online: the case for
Some are working on a part-time or full-time basis to earn a living while they simultaneously pursue a course.
And that reduces the amount of time you have to allocate to attending class in-person.
In addition to saving time, this also allows you to…
Enjoy greater flexibility with your timetable
With the freedom to attend some of your classes from anywhere with an internet connection, you’ll be able to build a more flexible timetable.
Study whenever, wherever
Our online learning system can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection, giving you the freedom to study whenever, wherever.
In addition to having greater control over timing, you’ll also be able to listen to lectures and complete work wherever you are, regardless of whether that’s in your bedroom, your designated study space, or even during your lunch break while at work.
Enrol in free and subsidised government funded courses at Academia today!
Whether you plan on making use of the online option or completing your course the good old-fashioned way, it’s important that you ensure that you choose the right course the first time.
If you passed the eligibility requirements needed to enrol in a government funded course in Melbourne, give Academia a call to discuss your options and next steps.
Academia Institute is a multi-awarded winning institute with campuses in Melbourne and Brisbane. As a participant in many subsidised TAFE programs, we can help you kick-start your career with a government subsidised TAFE/vocational course.
And thanks to our online learning system, you’ll be able to enjoy the same classroom experience from home thanks to:
- Small class sizes
- Interactive virtual whiteboards
- Private instant messaging and video chat
- Messageboards for out-of-hours work