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Government Subsidised Training

Skills First Funding

Now is the ideal time to make a start on gaining new skills, or upgrading your existing skills, to help you get the job you want. The Skills First funding makes vocational training more accessible to people who do not hold a post-school qualification, or who want to gain a higher level qualification than they already hold. There are number of government subsidised training places available to people who meet the eligibility criteria

Am I eligible for a government subsidised training place?

a) Either: i. An Australian citizen; ii. A holder of a permanent visa; or iii. A New Zealand citizen; b) Enrolling and commencing training in a course or qualification provided by the Training Provider between the Commencement Date and 31 December 2017 inclusive; and c) Either: i. Under 20 years of age (as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training) and enrolling in nationally recognised training; ii. Over 20 years of age (as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training) and enrolling in nationally recognised training in a Foundation Skills List course; iii. Over 20 years of age (as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training) and enrolling in nationally recognised training as an Apprentice (not Trainee); iv. Over 20 years of age (as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training) and enrolling in training in the Victorian Certificate of Education or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Intermediate or Senior); or v. Over 20 years of age (as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training) and enrolling in nationally recognised training in a course that is at a higher qualification level than the highest qualification held at the time of the scheduled commencement of training.

How many courses am I eligible for?

In addition to meeting the above requirements, an individual is only eligible to: a) Commence a maximum of two courses subsidised through the Skills First Program in a calendar year; b) Undertake a maximum of two courses subsidised through the Skills First Program at any one time; c) Commence a maximum of two government subsidised courses at the same level within the AQF in their lifetime; and d) Commence a maximum of two government subsidised accredited courses with the title ‘Course in…’ in their lifetime.

Who is excluded from the eligibility? (Eligibility Exclusion)

You are not eligible for training subsidised through the Skills First Program if you are: a. student enrolled in a school (excluding a school based Apprentice/Trainee). This includes: i) Any government, non-government, independent or Catholic school; or ii) A student registered for home schooling in Victoria. Government schools are responsible for funding these opportunities for VET within the school curriculum through their Student Resource Package (SRP) allocation, including targeted VET in schools funding. Non-government schools make similar decisions for students on the basis of the resources available to them; b. Within the meaning of the Corrections Act 1986 (Vic), i) prisoner held at a prison, including: ii) Hopkins Correctional Centre (Ararat); iii) Barwon Prison; iv) Beechworth Correctional Centre; v) Dame Phyllis Frost Centre; vi) Dhurringile Prison; vii) Langi Kal Kal Prison; viii) Loddon Prison; ix) Marngoneet Correctional Centre; x) Tarrengower Prison; xi) Metropolitan Remand Centre; xii) Melbourne Assessment Prison; xiii) Fulham Correctional Centre; or xiv) Port Phillip Prison; c. A person who is detained under the Mental Health Act 1986 (Vic), or the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997 (Vic) or the Sentencing Act 1991 (Vic) at the Thomas Embling Hospital; or d. A person who is detained (other than on weekend detention) under the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 (Vic) or the Sentencing Act 1991 (Vic) or who is held on remand in one or more of the following youth justice facilities: i) Malmsbury Juvenile Justice Centre; ii) Parkville Youth Residential Centre; or iii)Melbourne Youth Justice Centre.

What if I want to study and I don’t meet the eligibility criteria?

You can still study with ABEX Training Institute, but you may not be able to access a government subsidised tuition fee. Please enquire within for more information.

What courses are available through the Skills First Funding?

All the qualifications that ABEX offer are available through the Skills First Funding. What if I want to study and I don’t meet the eligibility criteria? You can still study with ABEX Training Institute, but you may not be able to access a government subsidised tuition fee. Please enquire within for more information.

Entry Requirements and Pre-Enrolment

You must satisfy the academic entry requirements as required for the respective program or course you are seeking to enrol into. The academic suitability is assessed via the following evidence:
  • Certificate and/or SOA, or
  • Language, literacy and numeracy test: a written test to determine the prospective student’s ACSF level in the required areas, and
  • Pre-training review.
A pre-training review will be undertaken to determine the course’s suitability to meet your needs and interests. The pre-training review will:
  • Identify any competencies previously acquired
  • Ascertain the most suitable qualification for you to enrol in
  • Ascertain that the proposed learning strategies and materials are appropriate for you
  • Identify that the outcome of proposed qualification is aligned with your future goals

Credit Transfer:

If you have already completed units of competencies previously for the course you are applying for, you may be eligible for a Credit Transfer. You will need to apply in writing by completing the Credit Transfer Application Form and attach a verified transcript, Award or Statement of Attainment.
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