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Morrison Government’s JobTrainer supports more than 300,000 Australians to gain in-demand and job-ready skills

Ministers:

The Hon Stuart Robert MP
Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business
Acting Minister for Education and Youth

The Morrison Government’s successful $2 billion JobTrainer program has hit another significant milestone, exceeding its initial course commitment with more than 300,000 enrolments across the country. 

JobTrainer funds free or low fee training at TAFEs and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) for job seekers and young people, including school leavers, in areas of identified local skills need.

Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, Stuart Robert, said the program delivered skills that helped Australians land a job while allowing them to remain in their local area, if they chose.

‘JobTrainer has supported an army of Australian workers to learn skills for free, through our TAFEs and RTOs. You could fill the MCG three times over with the people who are job-ready thanks to JobTrainer,’ Minister Robert said.

‘If you are looking for a job or you aren’t sure whether to go to university or start an apprenticeship, consider a JobTrainer course.’

The Morrison Government doubled down on its JobTrainer program in the Federal Budget, expanding it to fund 463,000 course placements. 

‘Our expanded JobTrainer is open to anyone looking to develop in-demand skills like aged care, disability care, childcare and digital skills, regardless of their age, employment status or prior study. There’s no shortage of places with 163,000 spots ready to be taken up,’ Minister Robert said. 

The major JobTrainer milestone follows an official update from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. It found apprentice and trainee numbers continue to surge across Australia, with in-training increasing in 2021 by 27.5 per cent. Commencements over the last 12 months are up 59.5 per cent. Completion rates are up by more than 21 per cent, compared to the same period last year. 

Minister Robert said it was clear the Australian skills sector and TAFEs were thriving under the Morrison Government as it secured this economic recovery. 

‘Our policies and record funding, $7.1 billion this year alone, are putting Australians at the front of the queue—whether that is starting an apprenticeship, mastering an in-demand skill or getting a job,’ Minister Robert said. 

‘We have well over half a million job-ready Australians skilling up or skilled up, with more than 300,000 JobTrainer enrolments and the highest level of trade apprentices on record with over 220,000 in training.’

Background 

Courses covered under JobTrainer can be found at: www.myskills.gov.au/jobtrainer

Gender Breakdown of Enrolments:

Jurisdiction

Gender

Enrolments

Percentage

Total Enrolments

National

Female

170,935

55%

313,039

Male

131,433

42%

 

JobTrainer enrolments by state:

ACT 2,346
NSW 158,780
NT 1,479
QLD 67,652
SA 16,640
TAS 7,495
VIC 46,000
WA 12,647
National 313,039

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National top five courses
•    Certificate III in Individual Support
•    Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
•    Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
•    Certificate III in Community Services
•    Diploma of Nursing

ACT top five courses
•    Training in Introduction to Organisational Cyber Security 
•    Preparatory Skill Set for Professional Graphic Design Practice
•    Certificate III in Individual Support
•    Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology
•    Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

NSW top five courses
•    Certificate III in Individual Support
•    Statement of Attainment in Construction Entry Level (White Card)
•    Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
•    Certificate III in Community Services
•    Statement of Attainment in Construction (Licence to Operate a Forklift Truck and Work Effectively/Sustainably)

NT top five courses
•    Diploma of Leadership and Management
•    Customer Service
•    Espresso Machine Operation
•    Certificate III in Community Services
•    Food Handling

QLD top five courses
•    Certificate III in Individual Support
•    Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
•    Certificate III in Hospitality
•    Certificate II in Security Operations
•    Certificate III in Business

SA top five courses
•    Certificate III in Individual Support
•    Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
•    Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways
•    Diploma of Nursing
•    Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

VIC top five courses
•    Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
•    Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
•    Certificate III in Individual Support
•    Certificate IV in Disability
•    Diploma of Nursing

WA top five courses
•    Certificate III in Individual Support
•    Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
•    Certificate III in Community Services
•    Certificate III in Hospitality
•    Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations