The ACT Government has today released the first round of free training places, under the $16.75 million expansion of the JobTrainer program with the Australian Government.
“The ACT Government is releasing thousands of free training places as part of our record $126.3 million investment in skills in 2022, to support Canberra’s economic recovery from the impacts of COVID-19,” said Minister for Skills Chris Steel.
“Skilled workers are a key part of our COVID-19 recovery. These free training places will support local businesses to find the skilled workers they need and give Canberrans the opportunity to skill-up in areas where there are jobs at the other end.”
The expansion of Job Trainer will deliver up to 2,500 free training places over the next 18 months with Canberrans of all ages and employment status – eligible to access free training places in four priority skills shortage areas.
“This round of job trainer is open to all Canberrans who want to take up free training in aged care, digital skills, early childhood education and care and disability care,” said Minister Steel.
Free qualifications available through this round of JobTrainer include:
- Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
- Certificate III in Individual Support
- Certificate IV in Mental Health
- Certificate IV in Ageing Support
- Certificate IV in Cyber Security
Young people aged 17 to 24 and Canberrans who are currently unemployed can also access a wider range of full qualifications, short courses and work-readiness programs. Places in courses in hospitality, construction, retail and other skills are planned to be released in early 2022; sectors identified by the ACT Job Trainer Industry Advisory Group with a skills shortage.
Since launching in November 2020, the first phase of JobTrainer has supported more than 2,000 enrolments in the ACT across 98 courses.
The investment is part of the ACT Government’s plans to create 250,000 local jobs by 2025 – delivering on the priority skills needs of the ACT economy.
“If you’re a school leaver considering your plans for next year or a jobseeker looking for your next opportunity, JobTrainer is your chance to skill-up with free, work-focused training,” said Minister Steel.