By April Murphy
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced that cheap job training is now available for eligible Queenslanders.
JobTrainer is a $200 million Queensland TAFE initiative that enables school-leavers, young people and job seekers to access free or low-cost job training.
The institution states that JobTrainer funded courses will help provide skills that Queensland needs for effective recovery from the COVID-19.
The program targets growth areas and those who have been hit hardest by the pandemic—helping fill existing skills needs or assist in reskilling.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk revealed more than 21,000 Queenslanders had already enrolled in training courses under the joint State and Federal Government JobTrainer programs.
The Premier said JobTrainer has now been expanded to include 32 more courses.
“We want to ensure more Queenslanders have access to the training they need to get a great job,” the Premier said.
Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer said the most popular courses include adult tertiary preparation, individual support, early childhood education and care, cybersecurity, beauty services, electrotechnology, screen and media, business administration, education support and animal studies.
“The new courses include a range of certificates in areas such as bookkeeping, software development, beauty therapy, maritime operations and short courses in irrigation, mental health work and shipboard safety and clinical coding,” she said.
To be eligible to participate in the program, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:
• Permanently reside in Queensland; and
• Be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident (includes humanitarian entrant), temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or a New Zealand citizen; and
• Have finished school or no longer be at school (including homeschooled); and
• Not be enrolled in training (includes vocational education and training (VET) and higher education courses); and
• Any previously completed qualifications were not funded as part of this program (under the JobTrainer Fund); and
• Either be a Jobseeker OR School leaver/Young person
To qualify for the JobTrainer Fund, students must also enrol before September 2021 and complete their training by 30 June 2022.
The State Government has also extended the program to deliver free apprenticeships and free TAFE for Year 12 graduates to provide fee-free training to anyone under 25, providing up to 37,000 Queenslanders with free training opportunities.
For more information, call 1300 369 935 or visit desbt.qld.gov.au/training/training-careers/incentives/jobtrainer or https://www.myskills.gov.au/jobtrainer/.