In less than four months more than 1,600 job seekers have completed training under the Productivity Places Program and are now beginning to take up jobs in skills shortage areas.
Since 1 April 2008 more than 24,000 job seekers have enrolled in the program, with more than 14,500 already in training.
There are currently 512 Registered Training Organisations participating in Phase II of the Jobseeker program, delivering more than 2700 qualifications from Certificate II to Diploma level.
The Productivity Places Program aims to address industry skills shortages. Through the program job seekers can apply to undertake fully funded training in qualifications that lead to rewarding careers in community services, retail, hospitality, transport and logistics and construction, to mention just a few.
As more Registered Training Organisations apply to participate in Phase II of the Productivity Places Program, which commenced 1 July 2008, more qualifications will become available.The program will also be expanded to provide training for those in the existing workforce.
Through the Productivity Places Program, the Rudd Government will invest $1.9 billion in 630 000 new training places over the next five years to meet the increasing demand for skilled workers.
This includes up to 238 000 training places for people currently not in the workforce and up to 392 000 training places for existing workers.
The number of people signed up to training is well ahead of the former Liberal Government’s Work Skills voucher program, which only had 9,438 vouchers issued for the first four months. Work Skills was a program limited to Certificate II qualifications and not targeted to areas of skills shortage.
For more information visit http://www.productivityplaces.deewr.gov.au