Skills First: Subsidise your training
Skills First is a Victorian Government program that offers your fees at a reduced, subsidised rate. The program is only available to Victorian residents or if you have a Victorian Government exception (see below). For more information about government-subsidised training visit the Victorian Education and Training website here.
Applying for a Skills First placement in the program is slightly different to the process of enrolling online. Follow the below steps to ensure you are eligible and adhere to the time frames outlined in the Program Guide before contacting us.
Question 1. Are you...
an Australian citizen; or
a holder of a permanent resident visa; or
a New Zealand citizen?
YES, go to question 2.
NO, based on your answer you may not be eligible for Victorian government-subsidised training under Skills First. You will need to enrol as a full-fee student here.
Question 2. Are you planning to undertake vocational training while you are enrolled in school?
YES, you may eligible for a government-subsidised training under the Skills First if your course is 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.
NO, go to question 3.
Question 3. Are you under 20 years of age on 1 January 2018?
YES: Based on your answer, you may be eligible for a government-subsidised place in a vocational training course at any level, other than Foundation Skills courses. You may also be eligible for a government-subsidised place in a Foundation Skills course, unless you are receiving equivalent training elsewhere.
You can enrol in a maximum of two government-subsidised courses in one year (including courses on the approved Foundation Skills List). This maximum doesn’t include pre-apprenticeships for individuals who want to enrol in an apprenticeship. You can undertake up to two government-subsidised courses at one time (including courses on the approved Foundation Skills List).
You can only ever begin a maximum of two government-subsidised courses at the same qualification level. This restriction does not apply to courses on the Foundation Skills List, Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)/Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or to students starting training again in the same qualification (at the same or a different provider). Contact AHRI Program Advisor to find out about the Skills First process.
NO: Eligibility will depend on the highest level of qualification that you hold. To be eligible for AHRI's BSB41015 Certificate IV in Human Resources then you must not have completed a qualification higher than a Certificate III (with the exception of Foundation Skills courses, Senior Secondary certificates, vocational certificates completed as part of your secondary school studies and overseas qualifications where no equivalent AQF qualification has been established). Go to question 4.
Question 4. Do you hold an Australian qualification at the same level (Certificate IV), or higher?
NO, then you may be eligible for a government funded training place. Contact the AHRI Program Advisor and start the Skills First eligibility and suitability pre-training review process.
YES, then you are not eligible and will need to enrol as a full fee student here.
If you are referred to training under a special Victorian government initiative, you may not need to meet certain criteria to be eligible for a Victorian government-subsidised place.
Specific initiatives include:
- Asylum Seeker VET program initiative
- Latrobe Valley Initiative;
- Back to Work Scheme
- Skills First Youth Access Initiative
If any of the above apply to you, contact the AHRI Program Advisor to enrol.
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