Eligibility for the Skills First Program

SkillsPlus and BRACE delivers training with Victorian Government Funding (eligibility criteria apply). The Skills First Program is designed to make education and training more accessible to students who do not hold any previous qualifications or who want to upskill to a higher qualification than they already hold.

 

Our Customer Service team can assist in determining your eligibility for Government Funding and can provide information on all available options to you. We observe equity and access principles and recruit students at all times in an ethical and responsible manner consistent with the requirements of courses.

 

Are you eligible for government subsidised training under the Skills First Program?

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. We encourage people with disabilities or from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply.

 

An individual must be:

  • an Australian citizen; or

  • a holder of a permanent visa; or

  • a New Zealand citizen;

and an individual must enrol and commence training in a course or qualification provided by the RTO between the later of 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017 and be:

  • under 20 years of age (as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training) and seeking to enrol in nationally recognised training; or

  • over 20 years of age (as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training) and seeking to enrol in nationally recognised training in a Foundation Skills List course; or

  • over 20 years of age (as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training) and seeking to enrol in nationally recognised training as an Apprentice (not Trainee); or

  • over 20 years of age (as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training) and seeking to enrol in training in the Victorian Certificate of Education or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Intermediate or Senior); or

  • over 20 years of age (as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training) and seeking to enrol 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 requirements, an individual is only eligible to:

  • commence a maximum of two government subsidised courses 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 when assessing eligibility;

  • undertake a maximum of two government subsidised courses at any one time;

  • commence a maximum of two government subsidised courses at the same level within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) in their lifetime; and

  • commence a maximum of two government subsidised accredited courses with the title „Course in…‟ in their lifetime.

Please contact one of our SkillsPlus or BRACE team members for more information