Grow a new career with Academia’s FREE TAFE equivalent courses!

New year, new you – whether it’s personal improvement like taking steps to improve your fitness, a yearning desire to learn another language, or a tangible step on your career trajectory, now’s the time to start making changes.

Especially after that monster of a year we just finished!

While 2020 may have been tough, for many Victorians, it’s also been a year of great change, whether it’s finding new ways of doing things, reevaluating their long-term plans or simply uncovering new hobbies.

And for some Victorians, it’s also forced them to think about where they are in their careers, and where they want to go.

You might be one of them!

Whether the last couple of months have driven you to change your career trajectory or make plans to get out of your current industry and retrain into another, you’re not alone.

And thanks to Victoria’s free TAFE and TAFE equivalent courses, making a change has never been easier!

Retrain, upskill or change direction: now’s the time to make a change

Whether it’s because COVID-19 changed your priorities, you’ve been forced to put plans on hold, or because the pandemic recession means that your previous direction is no longer viable, many of us are rethinking our career plans and trying to decide where to go next.

In particular, we’re thinking about what we’re going to have to do to make our new plans happen.

Luckily for you, Victorian government TAFE funding means that for many individuals, they’ll be able to take the first step towards putting their plans into action without the cost of tuition.

Are TAFE equivalent courses free at the moment?

What TAFE courses will be free in Victoria

Academia’s Melbourne campus is proud to offer a large range of government funded courses within hospitality, childcare, aged care, and business administration.

Break into hospitality with government funded commercial cookery courses

Melburnians are notorious foodies – we love all kinds of cuisine from all kinds of cultures!

It’s therefore little wonder that our hospitality industry, while battered by 2020, is still likely to remain one with strong growth and solid job prospects!

Whether you love food and want to make it your full-time job or are already in the hospitality industry and want to take your career further, we’ve got you covered with a range of courses that are covered by government funding:

  • 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

Find out more about our hospitality school, cookery school, and patisserie school.

Help build the next generation

Childcare is much more than just babysitting!

As one of the most important adult presences in a child’s life, childcare workers and early learning educators play a huge role in laying the groundwork for future learning and helping foster healthy childhood development.

Does this sound interesting to you? If so, good news: since childcare courses are covered under Skills First funding, you’ll be able to change gears and enter this industry!

You aren’t just limited to studying childcare courses at TAFE – institutions like Academia also offer courses such as the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care as well as the Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care as part of the funding system.

Look after the previous generation

Thanks to Australia’s ageing population, demand for aged care services is on the rise.

And as an industry that’s poised to grow, it’s being explicitly identified as one that can benefit from government funding.

Do you want to:

  • Enrol in the Certificate III in Individual Support?
  • Take your career further with the Certificate IV in Ageing Support?
  • Enrol in the Diploma of Community Services?

Enrol in aged care courses at TAFE or a TAFE equivalent institution, and you’ll find your tuition as well as the cost of course materials covered under Skills First funding.

Get a leg-up in business

Do you want to:

  • Turn that new side hustle you started during lockdown into a fully fledged business?
  • Increase your promotion potential at your current job?
  • Learn new skills that will help take your business to the next level?

Good news: not only do we offer a range of management, marketing courses and business administration courses in Melbourne, but many of them are also covered by government funding.

If you want, you can even use them as a stepping stone to university!

There are a range of business and marketing courses at TAFE and other institutions that are transferable into other industries and roles. They’re also things that people look at when considering who to promote as well.

Who is eligible for free TAFE and TAFE equivalent courses?

As with any government program, there’s a range of criteria you’ll need to look at in order to determine whether or not you’re eligible for a government funded course.

We’ve talked about these criteria before – if you missed that article however, here’s a quick recap…

  • Citizenship: Australian or New Zealand citizens, or Australian permanent residents
  • Age: under 20 (older students can still qualify if they meet other criteria)
  • Residency: students must live in Victoria
  • Prior learning: students are only eligible for courses that are higher than their current highest qualification (only necessary for Students who are 20 years of age and older)
  • Special consideration: asylum seekers and victims of human trafficking are automatically eligible
  • Employment: retrenched workers and people affected by specific industry shutdowns are automatically eligible

It’s a lot to take in – if you’re struggling to figure out which of these boxes you tick as well as how they influence your application, our team is more than willing to help – enquire online today.

Can you do 2 TAFE courses at once?

Yes, you can enrol in two different courses at once.

In fact, flexible learning options make it so you can complete two courses simultaneously.

This is what we refer to as concurrent candidature – while rare (it’s a lot of work, after all), it’s not unheard of.

But what does that mean for funding?

You might be expecting us to tell you that only your first course is eligible for government funding.

In actuality, eligible students can complete two government funded courses per year – quite reasonable, if you ask us!

Of course, there are some rules you’ll need to follow:

  • Dropping out of a government funded course uses up one of your two annual “chances”
  • Completing a course automatically disqualifies you from other government funded courses at the same level
  • Other government funding schemes can impact how many subsidised courses you’re eligible for

Learn more about how many government funded courses you can take.

How long does it take to complete a TAFE or TAFE equivalent course? What subjects does each course involve? How many credits do you need to graduate?

You’ve probably got a lot of questions floating around your head.

But you don’t have to figure it out alone!

Our course advisors understand that you’re making a big decision, which is why we’re with you each step of the way, offering advice and guidance to help you make the best decision and choose a course that’ll help you grow your career.

As a medium-size institution, that’s the type of support we’re able to offer.

Whether you’re studying English as an Additional Language or trying to break into hospitality, we’re small enough to give you one-on-one attention to help you thrive!

At the same time, we’re large enough that you can have complete trust and faith in our learning facilities – it’s the best of both worlds! 

Find out how we can help. Make the first move and get in touch with us today. We’d love to chat!