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Upskilled's guide to financially assisted training in australia

By Rosa Ritchie | 29 September 2017

It might come as a surprise to learn 1 in 4 Australians is in training. What this means is both employed and unemployed Australians are feeling the importance of updating their skill-set in an ever evolving workforce. Training leads to all sorts of opportunities: a promotion, a new career, and oftentimes a higher wage.

Australians of all ages and demographics are interested in further study, but many are reluctant to get started because of the financial commitment it inevitably requires. What many people don’t know is just how much financial support is out there, and how to gain access to it. Here at Upskilled we hear your concerns, so we’ve developed a handy guide to help you figure out what assistance is available and who is eligible.

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The Australian Government have developed a wide range of funding initiatives, at both a federal and state level, to provide eligible Australians the access to affordable, good quality education. The good news is, Upskilled’s brand new Guide To Financially Assisted Training in Australia  has all the up-to-date information you’ll need to get started.

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The more highly skilled a population, the more advanced the country. It’s imperative that Australians of all ages are upskilling throughout their career, to keep pace with progress,  not just for the benefit of the nation but for themselves. Vocational skills are ‘work ready’. They give you the practical know how to land a job that has expectations of prior knowledge. For example,  you may have been staying home with the kids for the past few years and now you’re ready to get back into the workforce.

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Understandably, you might be daunted by the new technology and IT systems most workplaces utilise. To improve your employability, and give you the practical skills to comfortably make the  transition into a workplace, consider a Diploma of Information Technology (ICT50118). Initiatives all around the country provide financial assistance to study this course and others like it.

Types of benefits you may be eligible for include: a financial incentive provided to your employer, a subsidised training program, a Government Loan or financial assistance provided by welfare. These different pathways are explained in detail within the guide. And because they vary state by state, we’ve broken it down so you can find the right information for your situation.

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How to use the guide

The Guide to Financially Assisted Training in Australia was published for Australians from all over the country, so we have created a comprehensive guide. Begin by reading the introductory pages, including About the Australian Skills Sector and our Overview of Financial Assistance which clears up what kinds of funding there are, what different eligibility criteria are involved, and all of the Federal funding initiatives - these are the ones that are nationwide, and therefore applicable to all eligible Australians around the country.

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The second half of the guide includes state funding initiatives - at this point have a scroll to find the section for your state. Have a flick through and read about all the opportunities  your local government has designed to make it easier for you to upskill.

If you don’t know what to study

If you know you what to learn a new skill but you’re not sure what that might be, an important factor to consider are skills shortages around the country. Many of the state funding initiatives offer financial assistance to undertake training in an industry that is experiencing a skills shortage. What this also means is there will be lots of jobs available in those workforces once you’ve completed your course - a win-win.

Upskilled is one of the largest RTOs in Australia, with a commitment to providing a superior learning experience to working professionals and career-minded individuals. If you’ve got any further questions about what funding you’re entitled to, or what course you’re best suited for get in touch with us today. Head to the Upskilled website to chat live with an education advisor today, or have a look at our informational funding page. We’re looking forward to helping you achieve your career dreams!

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