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Gippslanders have the opportunity to use their social distancing time to upskill and retrain during the coronavirus pandemic with a number of short courses on offer as part of the Federal Government’s Higher Education Relief Package.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is encouraging Gippslanders who want to upskill to sign up to one of Federation University’s new short courses.

“Federation University is offering 11 new short courses in health, education, IT, engineering and environmental studies,” Mr Chester said.

“These short courses have been identified as priority areas where there is a strong demand for more skilled workers.

“This funding package is designed to help people who have lost their job or are looking to retrain.”

The fees for these short courses have been significantly reduced, with the maximum student fee ranging from $1250 to $2500. Payment can be deferred through HECS-HELP.

Students will receive formal recognition on completion of a higher education short course and will be eligible for credit if they want to pursue a university degree.

Courses on offer include:

  • Teaching
  • Information technology
  • Allied health
  • Other health
  • Science
  • Engineering

All short courses will be delivered online. Courses begin on July 23 and run through until December 2020.

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