JobTrainer ready to go in Queensland, with ECEC qualifications included
Queensland job seekers are set to benefit from the new $200 million JobTrainer Fund to train people for high demand occupations, including working in the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector.
The fund, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said, 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.
“This is all about giving Queenslanders the opportunity to get qualifications which lead to jobs and drives our state’s economic recovery,” she added.
Thousands of extra training places will be supported under the initiative, including a range of short courses, certificate and diploma qualifications.
Aside from ECEC qualifications, professions including health, plumbing, manufacturing, electro technology, and cyber security will be supported, with courses targeting sectors and industries which need help to address current or pending workforce shortages.
Funding for the program has been put forward as a joint state and federal initiative, with the states Minister for Training and Skills Development, Di Farmer, saying additional priorities would be added throughout the year based on industry advice on employment opportunities, particularly in regional areas.
“JobTrainer will be in addition to the Queensland 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,” Ms Farmer said.
To qualify for the JobTrainer Fund students must enrol before September 2021 and complete their training by 30 June 2022.
In addition to the fund, the $2 billion JobTrainer Skills Package also includes the extended and expanded Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy.
Private training providers that have been approved as a Skills Assure Supplier can now apply to offer training places to eligible Queenslanders.
A full list of priority courses is available here.