The McGowan Government has taken an initiative to capture the attention of international students to study, work, and live at the regional colleges of TAFE in Western Australia by providing them with a whopping amount of $55,000 bursary for 200 international students to train at the TAFE colleges of the state regional.
David Templeman, the International Education Minister and Simone McGurk, Training Minister met with the six bursary recipients who have arrived in Geraldton to pursue the courses such as aquaculture, information technology, childhood education and care, and commercial cookery. The students have come from different countries such as Hong Kong, the Philippines, Indonesia, Bhutan, and Italy.
The McGowan government announced that the two-year pilot course started from 1st January 2023 as an initiative of $2.4 million Regional TAFE International Student Strategy. S 22 international students have already received bursaries to complete their studies at TAFE campuses, and the interest of other international students is also becoming strong.
Due to the ongoing Commonwealth visa processing timeframe, most of the bursary students have taken initiative to commence their higher education in Semester 2, 2023.
The bursaries offered to the students are available only for the selected courses that are capable of targeting the areas of different social skills shortages such as disability and aged care, and tourism and hospitality, at numerous campuses across the TAFE colleges in the region: Central Regional TAFE, North Regional TAFE, and South Regional TAFE.
How International Students Can Leverage the Benefits?
The international students will also receive support to find accommodation as well as part-time work. After completing their graduation, they might also be able to get access to the migration pathways so that they can extend their stay and work at Australian companies.
The industry leaders from Regional Skills Summits and Perth have also responded positively to this initiative, which has boosted the requirements for innovative solutions so that the government can address the shortage of skills and support the regional industries.
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