New youth training opportunities | Youth Central

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.

Through the JobTrainer Fund, eligible Victorians will have access to a wide range of industries identified as having a genuine skills need and employment growth, such as health, construction, agriculture, community services, food processing, financial services, logistics and beauty services.

School leavers, job seekers and young Victorians (aged 17-24), will be able to access free or low fee (concession) qualifications and skill sets in key industries and occupations. They will be able to access qualifications, including Free TAFE courses, even if they hold a higher qualification.

Access to training under JobTrainer is available through the Victorian TAFE network as well as a range of other training providers. Information on all eligible courses are available on the Victorian Skills Gateway.

What courses will be available?

JobTrainer is available in 144 courses across areas identified as having a genuine skills need and employment growth, such as health, construction, agriculture, community services, meat processing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, financial services, logistics, and hairdressing and beauty services. They were chosen to meet the priority needs of the Victorian economy.

For all other priority courses under JobTrainer, eligible students will pay only 20 per cent of the listed tuition fee. Students can access up to one full qualification and one short course or skill set under the JobTrainer fund, including Free TAFE courses.

JobTrainer courses can only be delivered by Skills First-contracted training providers and is open for enrolling students from late-November 2020 onwards. Students can find information and search for JobTrainer courses on the Victorian Skills Gateway and the national MySkills website.

Who is eligible for JobTrainer?

To qualify for JobTrainer, you must:

  • You must be an Australian Citizen, a permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or asylum seeker to be eligible for JobTrainer and
  • be aged 17 – 24, or
  • A Job seeker of any age, where a job seeker is defined as a person who:
    • holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or
    • is unemployed.

Victorians eligible for JobTrainer can access qualifications, including Free TAFE courses, even if they hold a higher qualification.

Where can I get more information?

You can find out more by visiting the Victorian Skills Gateway or calling the TAFE and Training line on 13 18 23.