JobTrainer Fund

The Australian Government is partnering with state and territory governments to establish a new $1 billion JobTrainer Fund. The Government will provide $500 million in 2020-21, contingent on matched contributions from state and territory governments.

The JobTrainer Fund will provide approximately an additional 340,700 training places to help school leavers and job seekers access short and long courses to develop new skills in growth sectors and create a pathway to more qualifications. Courses will be free or low fee in areas of identified need.

The JobTrainer Fund is crucial to deliver additional training as the economy rebuilds. It will ensure job seekers can reskill and upskill for in-demand jobs, school leavers are provided a pathway into their careers, and businesses are able to get the skilled workers they need.

Under the JobTrainer Fund, funding will be available for accredited qualifications and short courses in areas of identified and genuine skills needs, based on a list agreed between the National Skills Commission and the state and territory governments. It is expected that state and territory governments will then determine which qualifications and short courses to prioritise from the agreed list, with focus on training in areas of anticipated employment growth.

States and territories have signed up to a new Heads of Agreement for Skills Reform to access the JobTrainer funding, which sets immediate and longer term reforms to improve the VET sector. The Australian Government is currently working closely with state and territory governments to finalise arrangements for the JobTrainer Fund.

It is expected that training places will be available from September and October 2020. Information on training places delivered under the JobTrainer Fund will be made available through the National Careers Institute on the My Skills website.

The JobTrainer Fund was announced on 16 July 2020 as part of the Australian Government’s $2 billion JobTrainer Skills Package which included the expansion and extension of the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy.

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