Free and low-fee courses for job seekers and young people now available

JobTrainer campaign logo. Each letter represents a different industry including agriculture, trades, IT, health and aged care.

JobTrainer – Skills that Work.

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Job seekers and young people, including school leavers, can now take advantage of subsidised training to learn skills for jobs in demand.

On Sunday 8 November, the Australian Government launched the JobTrainer campaign to raise awareness of the free or low-fee training courses being rolled out across the nation, thanks to the $1 billion JobTrainer Fund.

JobTrainer can help school leavers and job seekers learn skills for jobs in demand. People can study an accredited diploma, certificate or short course in areas like health, aged and disability care, IT and trades.

Under JobTrainer, up to 340,700 additional courses are being offered around Australia. Your Career has more information about what courses are available in each state and territory.

JobTrainer will provide more school leavers and job seekers with the training and skills they need to improve their chances of employment in the COVID and post-COVID economy.

The short courses are based on a list agreed between the National Skills Commission and the state and territory governments that reflect skills in demand. State and Territory governments determine which qualifications and short courses to prioritise from the agreed list, focusing on training in areas employment is expected to grow.

The Australian Government is providing $500 million to the JobTrainer Fund, with matched contributions from state and territory governments.This is on top of the wage subsidies provided for employers to retrain or take on apprentices.

The Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy is available to small and medium-sized businesses employers to retain apprentices and trainees in work.

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