The Government wants you to get off TikTok and land a diploma while in iso

No more Netflix! The Federal Education Minister calls on students to binge in-demand STEM skills over the next few months. Image: Shutterstock

Enrolling in a micro STEM course while in isolation could be a seriously smart career move.

Getting lost on socials is awesome and all, but so is using the extra time you have while hanging at home to get skilled up in STEM.

In an effort to get us all off House Party and eLearning again, The Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan has released a coronavirus relief package for the high education sector that includes heavily discounted online courses.

The six-month micro modules will target areas of national demand for students already enrolled in tertiary study – like engineering, medical science and IT – and will vary in level from diplomas to graduate certificates.

The major win for participants is that as long as they complete their choses course by December 1, all four units will be significantly subsidised.

So, what short courses are available?

Earlier today the Federal Department of Education released the below table to the ABC outlining the nationally prioritised courses available, including any expected out-of-pocket  expenses.

It will be up to individual universities to develop their own course content, however the subject areas will remain standard nationally.

Field of education Fee
Teaching $1,250
Nursing $1,250
Psychology $1,250
English $1,250
Mathematics $1,250
Foreign Languages $1,250
Agriculture $1,250
Allied Health $2,500
Other Health $2,500
Information Technology $2,500
Architecture and Building $2,500
Science $2,500
Engineering $2,500
Medical Science $2,500
Environmental Studies $2,500


A department spokesman said applicants would also need to apply directly to their university or tertiary provider.

“People who want to study should contact their higher education provider for information about course eligibility requirements,” he said.

So if I complete a course, can I score a job straight away?

If you smash out one – or 10 – of these subsidised diplomas the idea is that you’ll land a job post-pandemic… eventually.

The department is urging universities and higher education providers – many of which are still in the process of designing their course offerings – to consult with industries in their local area and focus on what will be most in demand. The more booming the industry – the more opportunities to score employment.

We’ll update you as soon as we have more info, but in the meantime you can find us on TikTok while we still have the time.

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Cassie Steel

Author: Cassie Steel

As Refraction’s digital editor, Cassie Steel spends her days researching robots and stalking famous scientists on Twitter.


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