Governments and educators are boosting programs to help you change career and train
The Tasmanian and Australian governments are keen for people who have lost work due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency to find new careers or take up training. If this sounds like you, check out the new or boosted government support below. This information is mostly in addition to the “Career planning” and “Education and training” sections of Work45+, so don’t forget to look there as well.
TasTAFE has brought together online short courses and “skill sets” to help you prepare to re-enter the workforce or change career when the economy starts to recover from COVID-19. SKILL UP options, most of which have no fees, will help you quickly upskill, reskill or gain new skills. You’ll be able to get credit for the units you finish, so you can continue on to a full qualification at the start of 2021 if you want to.
The Commonwealth Government’s “What’s next?” online resource has information for people who have recently been retrenched.
If you’ve lost your job in one of the industries that have cut staff because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, think about skills you already have that would make you suitable for a different career. For example, if you have worked in hospitality or tourism, your skills in customer service, tour guiding, cleaning or stock management might make you suitable for one of the following jobs:
- supermarket checkout operator
- pharmacy sales assistant
- shelf filler
- commercial cleaner
- food and drink factory worker
- truck driver or packer.
The Australian Government’s new Skills Match facility can help you identify skills you may already have and other jobs that might value them. See also Work45+‘s information on transferable skills in our section on writing a resume. Once you’ve done this, you can search for job ads in these industries on the new Jobs Hub.
The Tasmanian Government’s Rapid Response Skills Initiative can also help you change career. It has been boosted to support people who have lost their jobs because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. It can give you career advice and support training up to the value of $3,000 if you are no longer working for one of the following reasons:
- you’ve been made redundant
- the place you worked has closed
- your employer has had to let staff go.
The initiative includes a new Rapid Response Skills Matching Service provided in partnership with Searson Buck.
To help those affected by COVID-19, the Federal Government is funding a new series of certificates at UTas. As part of the Higher Education Relief Package, the government has significantly discounted student fees for studies undertaken for six months from May 2020. Students may be eligible to defer their student fees under the HECS-HELP loan scheme. You can find out what’s on offer here.
In second semester 2020, in response to the economic impact of COVID-19, the University of Tasmania is offering a Graduate Certificate in Business or Tourism worth thousands of dollars free to Tasmanians. You can find out more about these courses here. Subject areas are:
- university preparation
- natural and physical sciences
- agriculture and environment
- business and management.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
In July 2020 the Australian Government announced a new scheme called JobTrainer. In partnership with the State Government, this program will help job seekers have access to free, or low cost, training places in areas of identified skills needs. We will provide more information when it becomes available.
The Australian and Tasmanian governments are helping eligible businesses that employ apprentices and trainees. This is outlined in a later section of this web page.
You can find more information about education and training here.