Albanian government offers more university and vocational training places

The Albanian Labor Government is delivering on its commitment to provide more university places and free places in TAFE and vocational education to provide the skilled workforce we need now and in the future.

More teachers, nurses and engineers will be trained after 20,000 additional university places were allocated for courses in areas requiring essential skills.

This delivers on the Albanian government’s commitment to provide an additional 20,000 university places to educate more Australians.

It will provide additional places for those taking undergraduate and undergraduate courses in the necessary skill areas at 42 well-performing higher education institutions.

Higher education institutions have been awarded places in the following areas:

  • 4,036 teaching places, including 1,469 for preschool teachers
  • 2,600 nursing places
  • 2,275 in Computer Science
  • 2,740 in health professions such as pharmacy and health sciences
  • 1,738 in engineering.

The remaining courses will be offered in other skills shortage areas.

The additional 20,000 places will be allocated to students who are underrepresented in Australian universities, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, Indigenous Australians and students from rural and remote parts of Australia.

The extra places will mean more Australians from these backgrounds will train to become teachers, nurses, healthcare professionals, engineers and other areas where we have a skills shortage.

The five higher education institutions that receive the most funding for additional places are:

  • Charles Darwin University
  • University of Wollongong
  • Curtin University
  • Edith Cowan University
  • Newcastle University.

The additional places will be for students starting next year and in 2024 with an investment of up to $485.5 million over the next four years.

The government is also offering 180,000 free places for TAFE and vocational education, with additional support for the participation of women and other disadvantaged groups.

This initiative is a key budgetary measure of the Albanian Labor Government and is part of the wider commitment to provide 480,000 free TAFE and vocational education places, starting with 180,000 training places in 2023, to support industries experiencing skills shortages to be provided in partnership with States and Territories. Additional training places will be offered in critical areas of skills shortage:

  • Care, including care for the elderly, early education and care, health care, care for the disabled
  • Technology and increasing digital skills.
  • Hospitality and Tourism;
  • Construction;
  • Agriculture; and
  • Increase our sovereign capability in areas such as manufacturing and defence.

It also comes with a commitment to provide access to priority cohorts, including women and Indigenous Australians, and people living with disabilities.

The Albanian government will provide $550 million of this budget as part of the 12-month National Skills Agreement, with funding matched by states and territories. Discussions with states and territories are ongoing regarding funding and specific seats in each state and territory, consistent with other federal funding agreements.

Quotes attributable to Education Minister Jason Clare:

“That means more teachers, nurses and engineers and that means more Australians from poor families and from rural and remote Australia doing those jobs. It changes life.

Quotes attributable to Skills and Training Minister Brendan O’Connor:

‘After a decade of inaction by the previous government, Labor is wasting no time in addressing the skills shortages facing the country. These free training places will give Australians the chance to train for the jobs in demand today’ today and in the future and to provide businesses with the skilled workers they need.

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