Short courses to upskill the workforce

La Trobe will be offering short post graduate level courses as part of the government’s relief package to boost the skills of professionals displaced by the economic impact of COVID-19.

Reflecting La Trobe’s recognised strengths in health and well-being, for which the University was recently ranked second in the world*, students will be able to study a Graduate Certificate in Disability Practice, Graduate Certificate in Digital Health, and Graduate Certificate in Mental Health at heavily discounted rates.  These courses are aimed at health and other professionals who would like to upskill in these areas of critical need.

Under the scheme, students will be able to defer their fee payment through HECS-HELP.  Students must complete the Graduate Certificate in the six months from May to December

La Trobe’s acting Vice-Chancellor Education, Professor Nicolette Lee, said the past months had been challenging for all sectors, and the courses were ideal for students and employees wanting to extend their skills, qualifications and career opportunities.

“Much of the workforce are facing enormous challenges during this period of uncertainty and upheaval,” Professor Lee said.

“These six-month online courses are in areas of national priority and reflect La Trobe’s strengths in health and science.  They provide an opportunity for individuals affected by the economic impact of COVID-19 to upskill in health services and support areas.

“Helping to support professional skill development is one of the greatest contributions La Trobe can make to post-COVID recovery. Over the next few weeks, we will be extending the available courses to include short courses at undergraduate entry level in a wide range of industry areas.”

“Our high-calibre short courses lead to a certificate qualification upon completion, but also provide academic credit for those wishing to complete a degree at La Trobe.

La Trobe is home to Australia’s largest School of Rural Health and is ranked first among all Victoria Universities for the number of health students enrolled.

The University was this year named second in the world for impact on advancing the United Nation’s strategic development goals for health and wellbeing.  The University also recently became a member of Australia’s ground-breaking Digital Health Collaborative Research Centre.

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*Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, 2020

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