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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Fee-free TAFE tops 100,000 enrolments

The NSW Government’s fee-free COVID-19 support short courses passed 115,000 enrolments before closing last month, with medical administration proving the most popular area of study.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the suite of online courses provided an opportunity for NSW residents to gain new skills at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

“We know how important skills training is for driving the State’s economy and it will play a crucial role coming out of the COVID pandemic,” Ms Berejiklian said. 

“The NSW Government’s COVID-19 fee-free short courses have delivered an opportunity to upskill during COVID-19 as well as deliver a meaningful boost to workplaces across the state.”  

She said of the 115,537 enrolments received, 27% were studying with TAFE NSW for the first time and 10-15% intended to undertake further study.

The most popular course in the first tranche was the Statement of Attainment in Medical Administration Skills.

Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education, Geoff Lee praised TAFE NSW for its seamless delivery of the program. 

“I want to congratulate TAFE NSW for the way they delivered this initiative. To hit more than 115,000 enrolments in a single program in such a short time is truly a remarkable result. I hope the courses have assisted people during this difficult time.” Mr Lee said.

The program closed to new enrolments at the end of last month.

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