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Some subsidies cut as Qld government targets ‘real jobs’

ABC News   |    9 June 2014

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The Queensland Government will reduce subsidies to certain vocational training qualifications under a new plan to come into effect next month.
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A number of subsidies to diplomas in arts, health, community services and business will be cut and redirected to Skills Qld“priority” training areas in trades, aged care and oil and gas.

Queensland Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek says the priority is training that will lead to a job.

We’re not necessarily going to have taxpayers subsidising courses that might be nice for people to do, but rather than that concentrate on the health sector, the retail, disability sector, oil and gas. They’re all things that industry have said to us we need workers in these particular places.”

Mr Langbroek says potential students can still enrol in other diplomas or apprenticeships, but will need to contribute more of their own money.

If you want to do something like photography and you’ve already got another degree, or you want to do aromatherapy or fitness training, then maybe the subsidy is not going be as great as it was.

 

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