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If the time is right to improve your skills, you don’t have to commit to full time study. There are part time and short courses available.
If you want to do full time study at a higher level, read more about higher education and what help you may get.
Find the course that’s right for you on the Course Seeker website.
You can also learn skills for jobs that are in demand in fields like:
- aged and disability care
- information and technology
- various trades.
Use the myskills website for information on upskilling and changing your career.
Vocational education and training
Vocational education and training (VET) courses provide nationally recognised training and qualifications.
VET courses are available through registered training organisations. These may also be known as training providers.
Visit the myskills website to find registered training organisations in your area.
State and territory governments offer a range of VET courses. These links will take you away from our website.
|State or territory||Resources|
|ACT||Skilled Capital Canberra helps you gain skills for a variety of careers.|
|NSW||TAFE NSW has free or subsidised short courses to help you find a job.|
|NT||The NT Government offers free courses to help you get a job.|
|Qld||The Queensland Government higher level skills program aims to help you get a job.|
|SA||Skilled careers helps you find apprenticeships and traineeships.|
|Tas||Skills Tasmania offers government subsidised qualifications.|
|Vic||Victorian TAFE and training courses are available for you to gain job ready skills.|
|WA||Jobs and Skills WA offers over 180 free and subsidised courses to get you job ready.|
Career Transition Assistance
Career Transition Assistance can help you get more job ready if you’re 45 or older. You can use it to:
- identify your transferable skills
- target your job search better
- reach out to local industries and available jobs.
Read about Career Transition Assistance on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.
Mid-Career Checkpoint Program
The Mid-Career Checkpoint Program may be able to help you return to work or upgrade skills to be job ready. It’s currently in its pilot stage and available to parents or carers living in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. You may be able to access up to $3,000 to support accredited training.
It’s available to parents or carers who have either:
- been out of the workforce for at least 6 months due to caring responsibilities
- recently returned to paid work.
You may also be eligible if you’re working in certain industries and are at risk of losing your job due to COVID-19.
Find out if you’re eligible for the Mid-Career Checkpoint Program on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s website.
Skills for Education and Employment
The Skills for Education and Employment program helps eligible job seekers learn the skills they need for the job they want. It focuses on improving language, reading, writing and maths. You can get up to 650 hours of training wherever you live in Australia.
Read about Skills for Education and Employment on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.