The JobTrainer Fund supports job seekers, school leavers and young people to access the skills and training they need to find work, re-enter the labour market or explore new work opportunities available as Queensland’s economy recovers.

What training can I enrol in?

A number of qualifications and short courses currently in demand by industry are subsidised under JobTrainer, with more to be included based on feedback from employers regarding future job demand.

Check the list to find a JobTrainer short course or qualification (Priority List) you may be interested in.

Can I enrol in more than one short course or qualification?

Under JobTrainer you may only complete one qualification, but you can enrol in multiple short courses. You also can’t enrol in more than one short course or qualification at a time.

And if you have previously completed a qualification you may still be eligible to enrol in a JobTrainer short course or qualification, as JobTrainer is about offering people a chance to retrain and gain new skills and qualifications.

Am I eligible to undertake training?

To be eligible to enrol in a short course or qualification funded under JobTrainer you must:

  • permanently reside in Queensland, and
  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident (includes humanitarian entrant), temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or a New Zealand citizen, and
  • have finished school or no longer be at school (including home schooled), and
  • not already be enrolled in training (includes VET and higher education courses), and
  • not have previously completed a qualification funded under the JobTrainer Fund, and
  • either be a job seeker or a school leaver or young person.

Additionally, from 1 October 2021, you can enrol in a digital skills qualification, or an aged care, childcare or disability care workforce qualification, regardless of your age or employment status.

What is the definition of a job seeker?

A job seeker means an individual aged 15 years or older who is:

  • out of work, or
  • receiving income support payments.

What is the definition of a school leaver or young person?

From 1 October 2021, a school leaver or young person means an individual who is aged 16–24 years, regardless of their employment status. For enrolments prior to 1 October, the individual must be aged 17–24 years.

What are the new aged care, childcare, disability care or digital skills requirements?

From 1 October 2021, prospective students can enrol in an aged care, childcare, disability care or digital skills qualification, regardless of age or employment status. The department has identified the eligible qualifications on the JobTrainer Priority List.

What will it cost me to complete a short course or qualification?

Short courses and lower level qualifications (up to a certificate III level) are fully funded by the Queensland Government, with eligible students required to pay no fee.

Higher level qualifications (certificate IV and higher) will be funded at higher concessional subsidies, with eligible students required to pay a low fee of no more than $400.

The out-of-pocket expenses will vary depending on the higher level qualification you choose to enrol in and the approved training provider you choose to study with.

A co-contribution fee (if required) may be paid on behalf of a student by an employer or another third party but cannot be paid or waived by the training provider, or any organisation related to the training provider, unless approved by the department.

How do I enrol in my preferred short course or qualification?

You can search the MySkills website for a full list of qualifications and short courses available, and the training providers currently approved to deliver them.

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Last updated 16 December 2021

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