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.

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, Course in Working Safely in the Solar Industry and Course in Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Construction Industry Skill Sets.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for the JobTrainer Initiative, you must be:

  • 17 to 24 years of age at the time of commencement of training; or
  • a job seeker.
To be a job seeker for JobTrainer assistance you will be a person who:
  • holds a current and valid Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card, or is a dependant spouse or dependant child of the card holder; or
  • has a separation certificate from your employer; or
  • has a letter from your employer or company receiver on company letterhead stating that you have been made, or will be made, redundant or retrenched; or
  • does not have any of the documents listed above but have declared 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


Building Trades and Construction

Community Services



Hair, Beauty and Make-up


Horticulture and Conservation


Information Technology and Cybersecurity

Sport, Fitness and Massage

Workplace Safety

Frequently asked questions

For more information, please visit the JobTrainer FAQs. Apply now to secure your place in a course for 2022!