Young Australians looking to enter the workforce after the coronavirus pandemic are being encouraged to apply for free TAFE courses.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a $1 billion JobTrainer plan in July, allowing thousands of school-leavers to study for in-demand jobs at no cost.
The free courses were chosen to prepare eligible workers for jobs in expanding sectors including healthcare, social care, education, manufacturing and business.
TAFE NSW announced a ‘landmark NSW Government initiative’ on Thursday and opened enrolments for a new Summer Skills program for recent graduates.
A $1 billion JobTrainer plan to prepare young workers for employment has been rolled out in TAFE facilities (pictured in Sydney) and training organisations across Australia
TAFE NSW launched a new Summer Skills program on Thursday to allow recent school-leavers to study for in-demand jobs for free (a file image industrial engineer pictured above)
The federal government contributed $500 million towards the JobTrainer scheme and the NSW Government tipped in another $160 million.
JobTrainer funding is available for a range of diplomas, certificates and short courses – based on a list from the National Skills Commission – and vary from state to state.
The Summer Skills short courses are open to those who graduated in 2020 or are aged from 17 to 20-years-old and have left school.
The programs are intended for school-leavers to develop job ready skills between December and February and can be studied both online or in-person.
Students can study a maximum of two programs at the same time and courses include subjects in business, coding, civil infrastructure, design and first aid.
TAFE NSW launched their courses with the criteria that recipients must also live or work in the state and be a permanent resident or citizen.
Managing Director of TAFE NSW Steffen Faurby urged young Australians to take advantage of the free programs.
The free courses focus on expanding employment areas including business, social care, education, manufacturing, technology and business (businesswoman pictured above)
TAFE NSW has stated the recipients of any free JobTrainer courses (first aid instructor pictured) must live or work in the state, be a permanent resident and have left school
‘We have to skill the workforce to take advantage of future job opportunities which may be very different to jobs in the pre-COVID economy,’ Mr Faurby said.
‘We are working closely with industry to ensure we are delivering a pipeline of job-ready graduates armed with the latest skills to help kick-start the economy.
‘The Summer Skills program is a great opportunity for young people to get a taste of different industries and ensure they get a head start in the changing jobs market.’
TAFE NSW also launched free JobTrainer courses at a Certificate III, Certificate IV and Diploma level in September.
The Summer Skilled courses (computer coding pictured) will run between December and February to support young Australians to enter the workforce after the coronavirus pandemic
Eligible participants must either be aged from 17 to 24-years-old, receive a Commonwealth Government benefit or be unemployed.
It is estimated that 340,000 Australians, including up to 250,000 teenagers who left school this year, will take the new TAFE courses.
Eligible applicants can apply for the fee-free courses through the TAFE website.
The coronavirus pandemic has devastated Australia’s workforce, with the unemployment rate reaching at 7.0 per cent in October.
Australia’s unemployment rate sat at just 5.5 per cent before the pandemic.
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