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Released 17/11/2020

The ACT Government today  opened registration for up to 3500 free training places in areas of employment  growth and skills need, calling on school leavers and job seekers to seize the  opportunity to get into fully subsidised training.

School leavers, young people and jobseekers are encouraged to apply for  the free training places which includes a range of short courses that are  nationally accredited through registered training organisations.

Minister for Skills Chris Steel said the program will prioritise places  for those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and will focus on courses in  industries with an identified need for skilled workers.

“School leavers, young people and casual workers are among the hardest  hit through the COVID-19 pandemic, with many casual workers losing their jobs  and school leavers wondering what the future holds” Minister Steel  said.

“We know that pandemic will have a lasting impact on our economy and our  community – however there are jobs in emerging industries that will need a  greater volume of skilled workers and this presents new opportunities for those  willing to take up training.

“We are making sure Canberrans can access free training to enter growth  industries, with a particular focus on areas such as healthcare, community  services, renewable energy and cyber security.

“This is a great time to take advantage of quality training without the  financial constraints that can be associated with studying.”

“The ACT Government is committed to keeping Canberrans employed and  creating jobs to support Canberrans into employment as our community emerges  from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Minister Steel.

The ACT Government is investing $8.4 million in the program, matched by  the Australian Government to bring the total funding for free training places  to $16.75 million.

Preparing Canberrans to re-skill and up-skill is an important part of our  economic recovery plan to drive job creation and ensure Canberrans are prepared  for future employment opportunities in emerging industries.

The ACT Government is committed to keeping Canberrans employed and  growing jobs to reach a target of more than 250,000 jobs by 2025.

More information about the JobTrainer Fund in the ACT is available at:

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