Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

11 May 2020

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

Supporting Tasmanians to SKILL UP

The Tasmanian Government is committed to ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of all Tasmanians as we face the challenges of COVID-19 together.

Through TasTAFE, we are working to support redundant and unemployed Tasmanians re-enter the workforce through the creation of ‘SKILL UP for your future’.

The program will enable Tasmanians to quickly upskill, reskill or gain new skills, ready to enter into employment or change careers once the economy starts to recover from COVID-19.

Importantly, in response to the exceptional circumstance and to support as many Tasmanians as we can, many of these skill sets will not incur a fee.

A suite of online short courses and skill sets have been developed, specifically focused on transferrable skills useful to employers across various jobs and industries, as well a skills to support people to successfully enter into employment.

TasTAFE teachers have developed a number of new online courses tailored specifically at providing Tasmanians with job ready skills, in areas such as health, business, ICT and tourism and hospitality.

Courses will take a few days to just weeks to complete, enabling Tasmanians to quickly acquire new skills and assist in building their confidence as they seek new employment opportunities.

This program is in addition to support already been provided through our Rapid Response program which is helping those made redundant as a result of COVID-19 to retrain.

Eligible Job Seekers are able to immediately access up to $3,000 which can be used to pay for training from any training provider, career and employment advice to help choose the best pathway available, and it can also cover the cost for work or safety gear if required.

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