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How will the federal budget help Australians upskill in 2022

Covid-19 Pandemic didn’t only affect the healthcare system and economy but also contributed to changing people’s minds about work and life priorities. Australia is one of many counties that saw a rise in resignations, leaving companies challenged to retain employees or accurate new staff.

” One in five Aussies changed their jobs last year and a quarter is currently considering leaving their workplace, new research from National Australia Bank has found.” – [1]. 

There were several reasons why people have been choosing to quit their jobs, some of the main ones were; Lack of work-life balance, burn-out, mental health, career path, poor pay and personal fulfilment. 

Some industry leaders have different thoughts about the great resignation and think that this event is more of a “Great Reshuffle” rather than people just quitting their jobs. Allowing people to find better opportunities that resonate with their skills and work-life balance.

“In an address to the Australian Industry Group, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the nation was seeing a “great reshuffle” rather than a “great resignation”.” –

“A stronger and more dynamic jobs market leads to increased productivity and wages. Switching jobs allows workers to move up the job ladder for better pay,” Mr Frydenberg said. –


What sort of effect does the great resignation have on industries like aged care, disability care and childcare?

With more Australia’s quitting their jobs as part of the great resignation, some industries like aged care, disability care, childcare, and industries that require digital skills, have seen significant labour shortages and the Australian government have taken notice of this. As part of 2020-2021, the Australian government has committed $1 billion JobTrainer Fund in order to tackle the skills shortage. 

$500 Million dollars have been assigned to go towards 300,000 enrollments in 2020-2021, and $500 Million dollars to go towards 160,000 enrollments (including an additional 33,800 aged care training places and 10,000 places for Australians to gain valuable digital skills.) in 2021-2021. – Department of Education, Skills and Employment

The main aim of this JobTrainer fund program is to tackle the shortage of skilled labour across various industries, by helping Australians have access to free or Low-fees courses that allows them to land jobs faster. This gives employers and businesses the opportunity to find the right skills faster, without the need to worry about investing more in training new employees.

Who is JobTrainer Program available for?

  • School Leavers
  • Job Seekers
  • Young People

In Addition to those who are looking to specialise in:

  • Aged Care
  • Childcare
  • Disability care
  • or those who like to acquire new Digital Skills

JobTrainer is also available for full qualifications and short courses. State and Territory governments are responsible for determining which courses require funding. This is based on anticipated employment growth and the skills that are in demand in each state or territory.

What are the eligibility requirements?

You may be able to study a free or low-fee course through JobTrainer if you are:

  • an Australian citizen, permanent resident, New Zealand citizen or asylum seeker, and
  • 17 to 24 years old when the course starts; or
  • A Jobseeker of any age, where a job seeker is defined as a person who:
    • holds a valid and current Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or
    • is unemployed.

What Are The JobTrainer Courses in Victoria? 

  • Aged Care; 
  • Digital Skills; 
  • Disability Care; 
  • Children’s Services; 
  • Health; 
  • Agriculture; 
  • Food Processing; 
  • Financial Services; 
  • Logistics; and 
  • Beauty Services. 

Interested in upskilling ? Look no further and enrol at Global Business College of Australia to gain skills in the most in-demand industries like age, disability, and childcare care.