Cert III offer restricted to course that translate into jobs

THE state government has reaffirmed its commitment to deliver free Cert III courses but insists that offer will be restricted to those areas of study that will translate into real jobs.

Countering claims from the Opposition that the removal of subsidies to more than 200 vocational courses including concreting, firefighting and pest removal was disadvantaging Queenslanders, Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said that the government was in fact responding to the needs of the market.

"People doing courses at TAFE do not want that to be seen as a poor alternative. They want qualifications that lead to real jobs, not frustration," Mr Langbroek said.

"We will continue to offer funding in Cert III's after Year 12 but only in the courses that employers tell us they are prepared to offer jobs in.

"For people that want to do a course in aromatherapy and things like that, then well, that will cost you more."