10 August 2017

Release of over 2000 new subsidised training places targets industry need

| Glynis Quinlan
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Subsidised training places are now available for Skill Sets such as leading a building team.

Canberrans looking to build skills in areas of industry need such as small business contracting or leading a building team are among those to benefit from the release of more than 2000 new subsidised training places.

The ACT Government has announced that more than 600 subsidised places will be on offer in 12 Skill Sets where workers are looking to undertake specific competencies which meet industry needs rather than a full qualification.

Subsidised places will also be available for full qualifications with Skills Canberra releasing enrolments for more than 1500 places across 37 unique qualifications in fields such as mental health, accounting, business, hospitality and community services.

The Skilled Capital training initiative is aimed at further upskilling the ACT workforce and addressing industry requirements.

“Skilled Capital provides the Canberra community with flexible access to quality training in areas where we have skills needs across the ACT,” said Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research, Meegan Fitzharris.

“Excitingly for Canberra’s Higher Education sector, this is the first time funding has extended to Skill Sets.

“Taking on board feedback from industry and employers we have funded a range of Skill Sets to enable workers to broaden their skills to meet industry specific requirements, which in some circumstances are best served by undertaking a selection of competencies rather than a full qualification.”

In this August release of places, Skilled Capital has also opened eligibility to some ACT school students wishing to enrol in selected certificate II and III qualifications.

“By expanding the Skilled Capital eligibility we are providing more training options for school students to help them make informed choices about their potential career pathways,” Ms Fitzharris said.

She said that all current qualifications and Skill Sets released in 2017 which currently have places remaining will remain open until the end of the year.

For more information on Skilled Capital and the August 2017 release please click here.

Do you think it’s important to specifically build skills where they are lacking rather than have workers complete full qualifications? Is this good for the worker as well as the employer or do they need the full qualification to get real benefits? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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