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Victoria reports 6694 COVID-19 cases

Victorians looking to retrain for work in the healthcare sector and other in-demand jobs following the pandemic will be offered subsidised and free TAFE courses.

Premier Daniel Andrews said the pandemic had highlighted the importance of skilling for the healthcare sector, as well as causing many people to reconsider their careers.

“If you want a job that really matters then now is the time to make a change,” he said on Sunday.

The announcement came as Victoria recorded another 6694 cases, but no deaths.

There are 215 people in hospital and 21 in ICU, with six on ventilation.

Some 63.8 per cent of those aged over 18 have received a third vaccine dose.

The 10,000 extra TAFE places announced will cost about $61.6 million but won’t only be limited to healthcare courses.

Victoria offers free training at TAFE for select courses for eligible students including people under 20, unemployed people or those looking to reskill and change careers.

About 900 students per year will be able to train at the Kangan Institute’s Essendon health hub when it opens in June, with new nursing and pathology simulation labs part of the construction.

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