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Media Release - Fee freeze on 2016 courses at TAFE New England

TAFE New England has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Skills, John Barilaro, that fees for government subsided vocational education and training will be fixed for the majority of qualifications offered in 2016.

Mr Barilaro said the 12 month fee freeze will provide confidence and certainty for students who wish to access vocational education and training in 2016, to build their skills and obtain employment.

“Students who seek to upskill, retrain or undertake further training to secure their dream job will have access to over 700 Government supported training courses, Mr Barilaro said.

“Trainees will also benefit from a $1,000 cap on traineeships, and fees for seven qualifications across Foundation Skills will decrease by more than half,” Mr Barilaro said.

The fee freeze will apply to Smart and Skilled qualifications available at TAFE New England campuses in 2016. Members of the public who are interested in studying with TAFE New England next year, should contact their local campus to find out more information.

TAFE New England Institute Director, Peter Heilbuth, said “We have qualified staff on hand at each of our 11 campuses, who can provide up to date course advice and support to potential students,” Mr Heilbuth said.

“The fee freeze is an exciting announcement that will ensure that vocational education and training is accessible, and affordable, for students in 2016” Mr Heilbuth said.