ACE Funding Eligibility Expanded


The Central Coast Community College (RTO 90304) has recently been granted a waiver by the NSW Government to expand its eligibility criteria for ACE funded training until 30 June 2023.

The NSW Government’s ACE (Adult & Community Education) funding program is designed to support disadvantaged students to up-skill or re-skill for employment or further education, as well as provide opportunities to learn and develop life skills.

Under the new waiver, more people are now eligible to undertake a range of ACE funded short courses and workshops with the Central Coast Community College.

College General Manager, Debbie Laarkamp, commented that the waiver is critical in supporting the local community and addressing skills shortages.

“Many industries have been impacted by the current skills shortage across the country, meaning it is essential that opportunities for further education and training are made accessible,” Laarkamp said.

“With the waiver granted by the NSW Government, the Central Coast Community College can support additional students to upskill to start their careers, re-enter the workforce, pursue further study, or obtain valuable life skills for their futures.

“We have a number of courses that cover industries including hospitality and construction, which are priority occupations in the current landscape.”

Training Coordinator, David O’Brien, said the range of ACE funded courses on offer with the College are a perfect stepping stone to future employment or further study.

“The Industry Essentials package delivered by the College, which includes Barista, RSA, RCG, White Card, and First Aid courses, allows people to gain accredited industry tickets needed to secure employment, particularly in hospitality or trade fields.

“Then we have our Confidence Builders, which are non-accredited life skills workshops designed to get disengaged learners back into education, providing a fun and supportive environment in course topics such as cooking, budgeting, art, music, and make up.

“Our expert trainers have experience delivering training to disadvantaged students and offer additional support to help people achieve their learning goals.”

If you or someone you know is looking to re-skill or up-skill in 2023, visit the Central Coast Community College website to check your eligibility for ACE funded training.

For more information on ACE funding, student eligibility, or upcoming courses, please contact the Central Coast Community College Student Services team on 02 4348 4300.

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