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More free courses at Bendigo TAFE in 2022

More than 1300 students have taken advantage of the Victorian Government’s Free TAFE initiative this year by enrolling at Bendigo TAFE.

The Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing qualification – available at Bendigo TAFE – will be added to the Free TAFE list in 2022.

Bendigo TAFE chief executive Sally Curtain said the Free TAFE initiative had a critical role in supporting Victoria’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Hundreds have taken advantage of the Free TAFE initiative at Bendigo TAFE and are forging ahead with a new career path,” Ms Curtain said.

“The pandemic has been disruptive. At Bendigo TAFE, we’re ready and willing to get people back into the workforce with practical qualifications.”

The Victorian Government today announced that seven new qualifications would be added to the Free TAFE list next year.

Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney said the Free TAFE list now covered more than 60 courses.

“Free TAFE provides high-quality training to get Victorians into some of the state’s most rewarding and in-demand jobs. We heard the calls for veterinary nursing to be added to the Free TAFE list – and we listened,” Ms Tierney said.

“We’ve made a record investment in TAFE and training – including expanding the Free TAFE list to more than 60 courses – which means there’s never been a better time to explore your new career pathway.”

During 2021, the most popular Free TAFE courses at Bendigo TAFE have been:

  • Diploma of Community Service
  • Diploma of Nursing
  • Certificate III in Individual Support
  • Certificate IV in Disability
  • Certificate III in Horticulture
  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services
  • Certificate III in Dental Assisting
  • Certificate III in Education Support
  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

In addition to veterinary nursing, other courses to join the free list at Bendigo TAFE next year will include Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety.

Bendigo TAFE Diploma of Nursing graduate Kathryn Stanford said Free TAFE enabled her to pursue a career after 28 years as a full-time mum.

“Because of Free TAFE I was able to study, keep up with home commitments and get employed. It wouldn’t have been a possibility if not for this grant,” said Ms Stanford, who also clinched Bendigo TAFE’s 2021 Student of the Year: Health Award.

The 56-year-old works as an endorsed enrolled nurse at Inglewood and Districts Health Services, and attributes her success to her studies at TAFE.

"This course has given me a sense of personal achievement and confidence in my own ability that I was lacking beforehand,” she said.

“I hope that other mature age students are able to take the leap and enrol in a course that they believe will improve their employment opportunities. For regardless of the many challenges, we are all capable of stepping outside our comfort zones and achieving what we envision as impossible with a little encouragement and reassurance."

More information about Free TAFE at Bendigo TAFE can be found here.​

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