ACT Government updates

Canberrans taking up skills opportunities during COVID-19

June 04, 2020

More than 1000 Canberrans have enrolled in key skills training courses during the recent Skilled Capital round that opened last week to help build skill capability during COVID-19.

The special release of the Skilled Capital program aims to address workforce demand and supply issues as a result of COVID-19 with more than 2,000 subsidised training places available across 60 qualifications and 39 skill sets.

Over 1,000 places were taken in the first three days, including 536 people enrolling in community services courses (including children services, disability support, aged care, mental health, education support and community work), 178 in business services, 141 in hospitality and retail, and 69 in construction.

Minister for Tertiary Education Chris Steel said this training will support Canberrans to meet their learning needs and aspirations, and ensure local industry can continue to build the skills profile of their workforces through the COVID-19 recovery period.

“Following consultation with industry and registered training organisations, we were able to quickly put out new training places to address issues arising from COVID-19,” Minister Steel said.

“What we’re seeing is many Canberrans who are now out of work taking up training to gain new skills and re-enter the workforce on the other side.

“We know sectors like early childhood, disability, aged care and construction have skills shortages, so this is an opportunity for Canberrans to move into new vocations where jobs are available.”

“Almost half the Canberrans who enrolled last week will undertake Certificate II and III level qualifications to help them enter the workforce. The other half of training places are at Certificate IV to Advanced Diploma level, and will support upskilling of existing workers.”

Skilled Capital places are still available in key areas including health and aged care, disability support, ICT, cleaning, tourism, community pharmacy, hospitality and community services. Canberrans can enrol in remaining places until 31 December 2020. 

On 5 June 2020 the ACT Government will also release up to 3,800 fully funded (fee-free) Skilled Capital training places to support the accelerated uptake of accredited infection control and food handling training in response to the COVID-19 health and economic crisis.

“This infection control training is being offered as a way to help local organisations particularly in the retail, hospitality and transport industries to ensure a safe work environment as restrictions ease in the ACT,” said Minister Steel.

For more information, visit: https://www.skills.act.gov.au/COVID19