Victorians of any age whose existing highest qualification is a VCE, VCAL, International Baccalaureate Diploma, or a senior secondary school certificate from another Australian jurisdiction, may be eligible for a government-subsidised training place in a qualification at any level.
The Skills First funding program 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.
Generally, you are eligible for a government-subsidised training place if you are:
- an Australian citizen
- an Australian Permanent Resident (holder of a permanent visa)
- a New Zealand citizen
and are any of the following:
- under 20 years of age
- seeking to enrol in a Foundation Skills List course
(and do not hold a Diploma or above qualification or are receiving core skills training in other sectors)
- seeking to enrol in VCE or VCAL
- seeking to enrol in an apprenticeship
- 20 years and older and ‘upskilling’ by seeking to enrol in a course at a higher level than your existing qualification.
If you are enrolled at a school, you will not be able to receive a government-subsidised training place for a course through the Skills First Funding Program, unless you are undertaking the course as part of a School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship. The Government supports schools in other ways to offer vocational training to their students, so you should discuss all your options with your school.
You can also check what you may be eligible for using the interactive Victorian Skills Gateway Eligibility Indicator.