By Claire Matthews
Job seekers in Queensland can now participate in fee-free and subsidised training courses in high demand industries, through the State Government’s JobTrainer.
The $200 million JobTrainer Fund will train people for jobs in health, aged and disability care, manufacturing, logistics, primary industries, technology and tourism and more.
The joint Federal and State Government fund will provide training for more than 150 accredited qualifications and short courses through 2021.
Fee-free training will be offered for courses up to a certificate III level. Higher-level qualifications will be subsidised for a maximum $400 fee.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said investing in skills and training for job seekers is vital to Queensland’s economic recovery plan.
“This is all about giving Queenslanders the opportunity to get qualifications which lead to jobs and drive our state’s economic recovery.
“The fund will support young people launching or developing a career, and job seekers affected by the pandemic who want to pursue new opportunities with better employment prospects.”
Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer said JobTrainer would up-skill young people and job seekers, breaking down barriers to employment.
“JobTrainer will be in addition to the Palaszczuk Government’s recent expansion of its free apprenticeship and free Tafe for Year 12 graduates, to anyone under 25 – which will provide 37,000 young Queenslanders with a training opportunity,” the Minister said.
“Lowering the cost barrier will see more skilled workers, boost businesses, and increase Queensland’s productivity.”
In addition to the fund, the $2 billion JobTrainer Skills Package also includes the extended and expanded Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy.
Interested students must enrol by September 2021 and complete their training by 30 June 2022. Courses are offered through TAFE Queensland and Central Queensland University.
Courses on offer include:
- Health – Certificate II in Health Support Services (Health support short course)
- Cyber Security (Certificate IV)
- Aged and disability care – Certificate III in Individual Support (full qualification)
- Manufacturing – Certificate II in Engineering Pathways (full qualification)
- Tourism – Certificate II in Hospitality (Food service short course)