Skills First Information
From January 2017, Skills First has given students of all ages, high quality training with skills employers are looking for. We want your training to lead to a job, not just a certificate. The best place to start when you want to commence training is to find out if you are eligible for a government-subsidised training place. You will also want to research and choose the training provider that is going to meet your training needs. VFA Learning is a contracted Skills First provider. We offer Skills First funding for the following courses:
Before you enrol in a course with VFA Learning we will provide you with the following information:
- what you will have to pay (Statement of Fees)
- any concessions that may apply and what evidence you need to receive a concession
- any conditions that may apply to refunds.
Depending on your circumstances you may be eligible for a concession – which will reduce any fees you may need to pay. Concessions on tuition fees are available for government-subsidised training in all courses below Diploma level and for training at any level, including at Diploma level and above for Indigenous students. Students undertaking training at the Diploma level and above may also be able to access financial assistance in the form of a loan, so you won’t have to pay fees until you are employed and earning a certain level of income.
In order to be an Eligible Individual in respect of any training, an individual must be:
- an Australian citizen;
- a holder of a permanent visa; or
- a New Zealand citizen;
- enrolling and commencing training in a course or qualification provided by the Training Provider between the Commencement Date and 31 December 2017 inclusive; and
- under 20 years of age (as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training) and enrolling in nationally recognised training;
- 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;
- 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.
In addition to meeting the above requirements, an individual is only eligible to:
- Commence a maximum of two courses subsidised through the Skills First Program in a calendar year. Where an individual is enrolled in a course(s) that is scheduled to commence at a later date in that calendar year, this course(s) must be counted for the purpose of this clause when assessing eligibility;
- undertake a maximum of two courses subsidised through the Skills First Program at any one time;
- commence a maximum of two government subsidised courses at the same level within the AQF in their lifetime; and
- commence a maximum of two government subsidised accredited courses with the title ‘Course in…’ in their lifetime.
- NOTE: Prospective students enrolling in qualification/s subsidised by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments under the Skills First Program should understand that enrolling in the qualification/s may affect their future training options and eligibility for further government subsidised training under Skills First
Policies relating to Skills First
- Establishing Eligibility & Suitability Policy & Procedure
- Fair Treatment and Equal Benefits and Opportunity Policy & Procedure
- Application and Student Enrolment Policy & Procedure
- Student Withdrawals and Refunds Policy & Procedure including re-crediting FEE HELP debt
- Complaints and Grievance Policy & Procedure
- Fees & Charges Policy & Procedure including Tuition Assurance statement
- Student Record Management Policy & Procedure
- Access and Equity Policy & Procedure
- Quality Training and Assessment Policy & Procedure