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Skills Tasmania

JobTrainer Fund

Program name:JobTrainer Fund extension
Program open to:Endorsed RTOs
Program open date:5 February 2022
Program close date:2pm (AEDT) 4 March 2022

Program purpose:

The JobTrainer Fund provides grants to endorsed Registered Training Organisations to provide fee-free nationally recognised training for job seekers, young Tasmanians (aged 17-24), and people enrolling in aged care, childcare, disability care or digital skills qualifications.

Contact:Skills Tasmania JobTrainer Fund Manager - (03) 6165 6037 or JobTrainerTas@skills.tas.gov.au

The JobTrainer Fund has been extended in Tasmania and will provide grants to Skills Tasmania endorsed registered training organisations (RTOs) to provide free nationally recognised training for job seekers, young Tasmanians, including school leavers (aged 17-24), and people enrolling in aged care, childcare, disability care or digital skills qualifications.

1About the JobTrainer Fund

The qualifications and courses approved for funding are in areas of strategic importance to the State and where there are strong future job prospects as Tasmania emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. The training will allow learners to develop the skills and knowledge required to change or commence new or different careers or strengthen their existing work experience through structured training. For the extension of the Fund, aged care and digital skills qualifications are priority focus areas.

The Fund is a joint initiative of the Australian and Tasmanian governments. In Tasmania, the Fund is managed by the Department of State Growth (Skills Tasmania).

The total budget for the Fund is up to $21,000,000, which consists of $10,500,000 each from the Australian and Tasmanian governments.

Timeframes

Description

Date/time

Program opens

5 February 2022

Program closes

4 March 2022 02:00 pm

Applications assessed

March 2022

Applicants notified

March/April2022

Applications from Skills Tasmania endorsed RTOs will be accepted from 5 February 2022 until the program closes at 2pm (AEDT) on 4 March 2022.

Information sessions

Skills Tasmania will provide two program information sessions via Microsoft Teams. It is strongly suggested that all Skills Tasmania endorsed RTOs interested in applying for a JobTrainer Fund grant attend an information session.

Description

Date/time

Session 1

9 February 2022 2:00PM

Session 2

10 February 2022 2:00PM

2Eligibility for the JobTrainer Fund

Who is eligible to apply for funding?

To be eligible to apply, applicants must be:

  1. a Skills Tasmania endorsed registered training organisation (RTO). Where the RTO’s endorsement is restricted, the restrictions apply.
  2. scoped for the qualifications, courses, or units for which they are applying, and the scope must include Tasmania as a delivery site.

What are the learner eligibility criteria?

The following learners are eligible for funding:

  1. job seekers, who, for the purposes of the JobTrainer Fund, are:
    1. individuals out of work
    2. individuals who are in receipt of income support payments
    3. individuals expected to become unemployed as agreed bilaterally between the Commonwealth and the relevant State.
    4. individuals who are underemployed, which is defined as employed people who would prefer and are available for more hours of work than they currently have, including part-time workers.
  2. young people aged 17 to 24 (including school leavers), regardless of their employment status.
  3. people enrolling in an aged care, childcare, or disability care qualification, regardless of age or employment status.
  4. people enrolling in digital skills qualifications, regardless of age or employment status.

All eligible learners will be eligible for a training place regardless of their prior qualifications.

Eligible learners can undertake more than one JobTrainer qualification, course or skill set funded training place.

An individual currently enrolled at a Tasmanian school, as defined by the Education Act 2016, is not eligible.

3Qualifications, courses, and skill sets eligible for funding

The qualifications and courses approved for funding are those in areas of strategic importance to Tasmania and where there are strong future job prospects for Tasmanians as the State emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

RTOs can apply for qualifications or courses from the approved list, or for skill sets created from core and/or identified elective units from within the approved qualifications or courses that meet a particular industry need and that are likely to lead to a job outcome for the learners.

All units used in skill sets must be named on the training.gov.au site in the packaging rules for a qualification or course on the approved list.

See here for the list of eligible qualifications.

4Prices and loadings

The prices offered by the JobTrainer Fund include a COVID-19 loading to assist RTOs in managing the impacts of COVID-19 on the training, assessment, and support services they provide to learners as well as allowing the RTO to waive any learner fees that would usually be levied.

5Application process and conditions

Applicants must read the Applicant Guide before completing an application.

Applicants must attach a copy of the ‘JobTrainer Fund price calculator’ tool provided by Skills Tasmania to determine the price per qualification, course or skill set in its response to application assessment criteria 1.

Applications can be submitted via the SmartyGrants online grants management system. One application per RTO is preferred. All applications must be submitted prior to the closing time.

The application form can be found at:

SmartyGrants will send an automatic acknowledgement to the applicant when the application has been lodged successfully.

Questions in relation to using the online application form or SmartyGrants may be answered via the online Help Guide or on the SmartyGrants’ Applicant FAQ page.  Applicants can also email service@smartygrants.com.au or call 03 9320 6888. (Support Desk hours are 9 am – 5 pm (AEST), Monday through Friday).

All applications must be submitted prior to the closing time of 2pm 4 March 2022.

Application conditions

To be eligible to be assessed, applicants must:

  1. meet the applicant eligibility criteria.
  2. address the application assessment criteria.
  3. apply for training places for one or more of the qualifications or courses on the approved list, or for skill sets comprised of units from the qualifications or courses on the approved list.
  4. use the ‘JobTrainer Fund price calculator’ tool provided by Skills Tasmania to determine the price per qualification, course or skill set and attach the completed calculator in its response to application assessment criteria 1.
  5. complete the RTO declaration in the application.

6Reporting requirements

Successful applicants are required to report enrolment, training commencement, training continuance and completion to Skills Tasmania. Timely reporting is required to ensure that the Tasmanian Government receives milestone payments from the Commonwealth Government under the JobTrainer Fund Agreement.

‘Enrolment’ in the context of the Fund is defined as the point at which the learner is officially registered with the RTO on their student management system as a learner who will be trained by the RTO in the qualification, course or skill set shown in the student management system record.

Reporting of enrolments has not been required by Skills Tasmania in previous grant programs, but it is an essential grant condition for the Fund.

RTOs must submit their first JobTrainer Fund report to Skills Tasmania no later than the 10th day of the month in which the first JobTrainer Fund activity occurs (e.g. enrolments and training commencements), with all following reports to be submitted by the 10th of every month thereafter. If the 10th day of the month is not a business day, then no later than the last business day occurring before the 10th day of the month.

The JobTrainer Fund Reporting Obligations Guide provides details on how and when to report enrolment and training commencement data.

7Funding allocations

For a list of JobTrainer funded training opportunities in Tasmania, visit the MySkills website.

For a list of Registered Training Organisations funded under the JobTrainer extension in 2022, click here.

Need more information?

The Skills Tasmania JobTrainer Fund manager is available to answer questions on 03 6165 6037 or JobTrainerTas@skills.tas.gov.au.