Federal Government unveils JobTrainer program


The Federal Government has revealed a new skills investment program named "JobTrainer", which focusses on re-skilling or training those looking for a job during the coronavirus pandemic in areas of high demand. 

The billion-dollar scheme will be partly funded by the Government, which will chip in $500 million, with the other half matched by split contributions between states and territories that sign up.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison flagged the plan with leaders at last week's National Cabinet meeting and it is understood the idea has early support from most jurisdictions.

The Government also announced it will invest $1.5 billion into an apprentices and trainee wage subsidy program.

JobTrainer is the first element of the "second phase" of recovery once JobKeeper is phased out in September. 

What is JobTrainer?

JobTrainer is the Government's latest "Job" package, coming after JobKeeper, JobSeeker and JobMaker. The program is aiming to create roughly 340,700 places nation-wide to re-skill people or train school leavers who are currently looking for a job. 

JobTrainer will provide people with access to short courses relating to a number of industries that will either be completely free or at a very low-cost. 

Where are the new training places available?

The available training places will be spread across Australia, with larger states receiving more places. 

State Approximate number of places
NT 3,200
ACT 5,700
TAS 7,100
SA 23,500
WA 35,200
QLD 68,500
VIC 88,900
NSW 108,600
Total 340,700


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