Year 12 Graduates who enrol in a high priority qualification within 12 months of leaving school are eligible to receive their course free, under the Queensland government's Year 12 Fee-free training initiative.
Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said that Queensland year 12 graduates would be eligible for the free courses in the calendar year after graduating from year 12.
"The Queensland Government is committed to tackling unemployment and increasing workforce participation in communities throughout the state, and this initiative will see young Queenslanders starting their careers with the skills they need," Minister Fentiman said.
"Training is an excellent pathway for year 12 school leavers and this initiative will allow students to get a head start to their career without worrying about a VET student loan after graduating."
"Qualification in high priority industries such as community services, early childhood, hospitality, horticulture and individual support are all on offer loan free."
"Queensland's training sector in partnership with the government's Year 12 Fee-free training continues to supports a variety of career pathways and opportunities and plays a vital role in growing our economy through our school leavers starting out in their chosen field."
TAFE Queensland - Gold Coast Region General Manager Karen Dickinson said 35 students were enrolled in the subsidised courses at the organisation's five campus.
The most popular courses include Certificate III qualifications in Horticulture (9 students), Individual Support (8 students), Early Childhood Education and Care (7 students), Hospitality (5 students) and Education Support (4 students).
Ms Dickinson said 2017 school leavers had plenty of options through the state government's initiative.
"The Health industry is currently experiencing a shortage and there is high demand for Aged Care workers," Karen said.
Year 12 fee-free training is available through the Certificate 3 Guarantee and User Choice training programs.
Students are advised to consider training options carefully before committing to a particular course as this may exhaust entitlements to further subsidised training.
For further information visit training.qld.gov.au and search for year12 fee-free or call 1300 369 935.