28 Nov 2014

Australian Government approves questionable courses.

There is one popular course that should have been included.
A diploma in "How to generate green house gasses".
Provided by (ex MP's)experts with experience.

HYPNOTHERAPY, aromatherapy and Christian proselytising courses have been approved for taxpayer-funded student loans, which are set to balloon over the next three years.
The federal Education Department has granted 200 TAFE and private training colleges approval to offer “study-now, pay-later” courses costing up to $25,000.
The government pays the ­tuition fees and students repay the money once they earn more than $53,345. Treasury is already predicting that one in four will never pay back the taxpayer loans.
The university loans scheme was expanded to students in vocational colleges this year to encourage more young Australians to complete technical and trade courses.

Here are some of the courses:

$10,602 diploma of hypnotherapy for pregnancy and childbirth through the Academy of Hypnotic Science.The syllabus includes “writing hypnotic scripts for mums-to-be’’ and “neurolinguistic programming’’.
$16,500 advanced diploma in “transpersonal counselling’’ or in “transpersonal art therapy’’.The Phoenix Institute in Melbourne

$2090 towards the cost of a certificate II in greyhound racing and $5064 for a certificate III in floristry. The Queensland government

$10,424 advanced ­diploma of nutritional medicine, as well as an advanced diploma of aromatic medicine. The Health Arts College in Melbourne

$25,000 for a six-month diploma of hairdressing salon management.Unique International College

Students can also borrow from taxpayers to study at the Harvest West Bible College in Perth, which advertises its two-year diploma of ministry course for $12,240 per year of study.

Hope College, on the Gold Coast, offers a $1980 diploma of ministry, which includes teaching “effective prayer skills’’ and “responding to the call of God’

There are many more courses I have not mentioned that are very questionable
People are concerned about registered training organisations simply delivering courses for the sake of it, just to generate an income and chase government funding. I remember that under the Howard government their training made many people very wealthy but not to many people well trained, it seems the Coalition has not learnt.

What about other skill shortages, we have a shortfall of skills in the building industry will  we have to rely more on overseas workers.’’
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s director of employment, education and training, Jenny Lambert, says the government should not dictate which courses receive government funding.

We don’t want the government to be picking what we need and don’t need without consultation.

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