Hundreds of fee-free training courses now available

Hundreds of fee-free training courses are now available for school leavers, young people and job seekers as part of the NSW Government’s ‘Skilling for Recovery’ initiative.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, said the training courses would help people to survive and thrive in a post COVID-19 economy by providing new career pathways via free or low-cost training and education.

“These training courses will provide the opportunity for thousands of people in NSW to gain fresh qualifications and a new pathway to a job, all for free.

“Whether you’re a school leaver or someone looking to reskill in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are more than 150 courses on offer,” Crouch said.

Two different programs have emerged under the initiative, JobTrainer and Summer Skills, with the latter a targeted program for Year 12 school leavers.

JobTrainer initiative is open to all Central Coast residents who are either, out of work, receiving an income support payment or aged 17-24, and offers free or low cost coursework in high demand areas such as aged care, agriculture, nursing, trades, IT, community services and accounting.

Summer Skills offers all school leavers from the Class of 2020 free skills training in the focus areas of agribusiness, construction, health, creative experiences, business and industry 4.0.

Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education, Geoff Lee, said enrolments are now open for in-demand skills leading to career pathways in areas such as aged care, nursing, trades, IT, community services, logistics and accounting.

“We are not training for the sake of training, we are training for real jobs with real futures and equipping the people of NSW with the skills they need to thrive in a post-pandemic economy,” Dr Lee said.

“There are hundreds of providers right around NSW who are ready to deliver this important training.”

Dilon Luke