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The Victorian Government has partnered with the Commonwealth Government to jointly invest up to $260 million under the JobTrainer Fund to increase access to training for thousands of Victorians who have been most impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Eligible students can access free or low fee (concession) qualifications and skill sets within key industries and occupations.

In early 2021, the JobTrainer list will be updated to reflect free or low fee (concession) skill sets or short courses that will also be available under JobTrainer. Be sure to check back regularly for updates.

The JobTrainer Fund supports Victoria’s Skills First program that subsidises training and tuition-free training at TAFEs and complements other initiatives to support Victoria’s economic recovery, such as Free TAFE, the free Cross-Sector Infection Control Skill Set and Course in Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and the government-subsidised Construction Industry Skill Sets.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for the Job Trainer scheme, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • You need to be aged between 17 and 24 years of age at the time of commencement of training; or
  • You need to be a jobseeker, which for the purpose of this scheme is defined as:
    • Being a holder of a current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or
    • Having an employment separation certification from your employer; or
    • Having a letter, on company letterhead, from your employer or company receiver stating that you are, or will be made, redundant or retrenched; or 
    • Not having any documents listed from i to iii, but declaring that you are currently unemployed on the Student Declaration when you enrol in the course.

To be eligible for the Job Trainer scheme through a Traineeship, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • You need to be aged between 17 and 24 years of age at the time of commencement of training;
  • If you are over 24 years of age, you must:
    • Be a holder of a current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or
    • Be unemployed on the commencement date of your Training Contract; or
    • Be employed no earlier than 31 days before the commencement date of your Training Contract.

What JobTrainer courses are available?

Chisholm is offering over 50 courses through the JobTrainer scheme, across areas identified as having a genuine skills need and employment growth, such as health and community services, construction, financial services, IT, and hairdressing and beauty services. They were chosen to meet the priority needs of the Victorian economy as follows:

Business and Finance

Art and Design

Automotive

Building Trades and Construction

Community Services

Education

Engineering

Hair, Beauty and Make-up

Health

Horticulture and Conservation

Hospitality

Information Technology and Cybersecurity

Sport, Fitness and Massage

Workplace Safety