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Uptake of training places a positive sign for Australia's future productivity

An increasing number of Australians are enrolling in the new Productivity Places Program gaining skills for their career development and ensuring a skilled workforce for the future.

Since the program started in April 2008, over 3,200 people have enrolled in training in areas of skills shortage including in courses for aged care work, child care and security operations. A list of the top thirty qualifications by enrolment is attached.

The take up of places is building momentum with over 200 people enrolling in the program each day.

In this initial stage of the program, training is focused on Certificate II and III levels of qualifications. As of 23 May 2008, there were 1,220 people enrolled in Certificate II and 2,000 for Certificate III level qualifications.

These qualifications will stand job seekers in good stead to take up opportunities in many of the industries experiencing labour shortages.

Training is provided by Registered Training Organisations. Currently there are 260 Registered Training Organisations providing training for over 1,100 different qualifications.

Over 500 people will complete their training by the end of June 2008.

Training opportunities in the mining and construction industries are now available with 21 mining-related qualifications. To date, 43 people have taken up these opportunities, with more expected in coming weeks.

The Government recently announced an extension to its commitment to the Productivity Places Program by investing $1.9 billion in 630,000 new places over five years.

The program includes up to 238,000 training places for people currently not in the workforce and up to 392,000 training places for existing workers. Attachment