JobTrainer: 270,000 Australians turning up to get skilled as program expands into second year

The Morrison Government today launched a national push to get more Australians to take advantage of its $2 billion JobTrainer Fund to upskill in areas of critical need in the Australian workforce as new data demonstrates the nation has hit over 270,000 enrolments.

A new national campaign, which will run online and on television, is aimed at getting all Australians, regardless of age or employment status, to consider upskilling through low-fee or fee-free courses in areas of high demand, particularly in Australia’s booming care and digital sectors.

The latest data shows 271,038 Australians have enrolled to upskill or reskill for a career in a priority industry through JobTrainer. In total, the expanded JobTrainer Fund will provide around 463,000 additional training places to help plug skill gaps.

The Morrison Government has reached agreements with New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia and the ACT to match the Federal $500 million expansion and extension of JobTrainer to ensure young Australians and those out of work have ongoing access to free or low fee training. Queensland is also expected to sign on to the expanded fund shortly.

Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, Stuart Robert, said the national push would help reach Australians considering a career change as well as school leavers looking for something flexible with strong job prospects.

‘If you want to change jobs, or get into a job, JobTrainer is a one-way ticket to skills that will land you one, it is a great deal for Australians and a win-win for our economy,’ Minister Robert said.

‘The latest job vacancy figures show there are hundreds of thousands of jobs across a range of exciting industries available right now and there’s money on the table for you to get skills to work in them.

‘I encourage all Australians to consider having a crack at a JobTrainer course­ join the skilled workforce today.’

Any job seeker or young Australian can enrol through JobTrainer for either a full qualification or short course. The list of available courses was agreed between the National Skills Commission and each state and territory government based on areas of identified skills need and employment growth.

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