The new $1B JobTrainer Program is set to subsidise training and wages for young Australians and create over 340,000 new training spaces 

The Federal Government has revealed the new JobTrainr skills investment package which will focus on training or re-skilling job hunters across a wide range of industries. The billion-dollar program aims to subsidise training for over 340,000 Australians entering the workforce.

Commenting about the program, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said “COVID-19 is unprecedented but I want Australians to be ready for the sorts of jobs that will come as we build back and recover.”

Consequently, the program will subsidise training for what the National Skills Commission deems as “high-growth areas.”

What is the JobTrainer Program?

The nation-wide program is part of the “Job” series of programs which includes JobSeekerJobKeeper, and JobMaker. The program will get $500M from the Federal Government to provide training for school leavers and those struggling to find work amid COVID-19. Further, States and Territories will match the $500M that is being allocated to provide free training, inflating the cash pool for training subsidies to $1B. 

It is understood the program will lead to short courses like Certificate III, Certificate IV, and Diplomas being fully-subsidised (or nearly fully-subsidised) by the government. This is good news for Registered Training Organisations and TAFEs who offer these levels of courses.

Will Jobtrainer Affect Your RTO?

Yes, it is expected that the program will subsidise training for a massive range of short courses being offered by private providers like RTOs and TAFEs.

The subsidy will cover short courses in the fields of individual support, building and construction, transport and logisticsinformation and communications, health, manufacturing, retail, and other massive industries.

What Particular Courses Being Offered By My RTO Will Be Covered?

This will depend on what the NSC deems as areas of high demand. As of writing, they are yet to identify which particular skills shortages would make an impact to Australia’s economic recovery.

The NSC will be working with the states to identify what the “target areas” are.

What States and Territories Will Be Covered by JobTrainer?

All States and Territories will be participating in the Program. This is a breakdown of the training spaces to be made available per state and territory:

StatesApproximate number of places
NSW108,600
Vic88,900
Qld68,500
WA35,200
SA23,500
Tas7,100
ACT5,700
NT3,200
Total340,700

Will the JobTrainer Scheme Affect Current Trainees or Apprentices?

Trainees and apprentices that are currently employed will get wage subsidies instead.

This comes after the Federal Government announced another $1.5B investment in skills on top of its initial $1.3B stimulus package to make sure apprentices kept their jobs.

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