South Regional TAFE’s Narrogin campus will introduce new skill sets and reduced-fee courses after the State Government announced a $57 million recovery package for WA’s TAFE and training sector. The McGowan Government last Thursday unveiled a $57 million package for the training sector that will deliver 15 free short courses and slash TAFE fees by as much as 72 per cent. The fee cuts have been implemented to meet the State’s needs after COVID-19. From the second semester, the maximum annual fee students will pay is capped at $400 for concession students and youth and $1200 for non-concession students. South Regional TAFE managing director Sue Lapham said the package would make an impact at the Narrogin campus. “The new skill sets and reduced-fee courses are designed to encourage more people to enrol and gain the skills to get back into jobs,” she said. “In addition to making training more affordable to the people of Narrogin and neighbouring areas, the skill sets are short courses that will upskill students for jobs and provide pathways to full qualifications. “The reduced fees will make TAFE training more accessible to the people of Narrogin and is expected to attract greater numbers of students and skill people for jobs.” In semester two, under the Lower Fees, Local Skills program, the campus will deliver a Certificate III in Agriculture, Certificate IV in Business and a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. The Narrogin campus will also deliver several free short courses including Job-ready Basics, Business Ready, Operating a Small Business, Work in Agriculture, Work in Community Care, Provide Individual Support and the Recovery Skill Set. Under the Infection Control skill sets, the campus will deliver COVID Direct Care and Entry Into Care Roles. In an expansion of the Lower Fees, Local Skills program that rolled out before COVID-19, TAFE fees for 39 high-priority courses will be slashed by as much as 72 per cent. The expanded program now includes 73 courses in total.