Enabling Further Education: How the RTF Drives Young Dreams Forward
Bridging the Distance to Education and Training Opportunities
The Regional Transport Fund (RTF) is a pivotal program designed to facilitate better access to educational and training opportunities. It’s for young people across Wodonga, Towong, Alpine, and Indigo Shires. Funded by the Victorian Department of Education, the RTF breaks down barriers to education and training in regional communities by funding regional transport options. Consequently this helps to alleviate the financial and logistical burdens on families.
Students are able to access the fund through their schools.
Real Life Examples
For instance, prior to the RTF, a bright student and his mother had to rely on 6am public transport departures to attend school and training. The advent of the RTF service has greatly improved their commuting experience.
In Beechworth, two male students were able to continue their hospitality courses at Wodonga TAFE thanks to the RTF.
At Mount Beauty, all nine students enrolled in VET programmes rely on the RTF for transport.
Meanwhile, in Myrtleford, eight students attending GOTAFE have also benefitted from the RTF, a factor that has increased retention and participation rates in these programmes. Overall, the RTF plays an essential role in breaking down barriers to education and training in regional communities.
Make a Difference!
So, if you’re a teacher who knows of a student/students in need of the Regional Transport Fund, or have been approached by a student or parent inquiring about it, we encourage you to get in touch with us (see below). Your referral could be the key to unlocking invaluable educational opportunities for young people in your community. Don’t hesitate, reach out to NELLEN today!
Real Stories, Real Impact: The RTF journey through the eyes of families and students
Watch the video below for a collection of stories that spotlight the transformative impact of the Regional Transport Fund. Tune in and be inspired!