New program support more jobs & apprentices in ACT

A new jobs program announced today will be a game-changer for local industry by focusing on innovative projects that address future skills needs in Canberra and boost the number of people undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship.

The ACT Government today announced the $2 million Future Skills for Future Jobs grants program, which will give local organisations and businesses the opportunity to help grow Canberra’s skilled workforce through the development of innovative projects.

“Future Skills for Future Jobs is about working with local industry to see more people take up an apprenticeship, ensuring Canberra’s workforce has the skills we need for the future,” Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Meegan Fitzharris said.

“I’m excited to see what local industry can come up with through the EOI process. There really are no limits, with funding available to a range of industries in the ACT including tourism, health, agriculture, cyber, renewable energy, space, digital and engineering.”

Canberra Business Chamber CEO Dr Michael Schaper said, “This new program will help get more people into apprenticeships by funding innovative projects that organisations co‑develop with ACT Government and local industry.

“This collaborative approach will lead to more innovation in our local industry, meet the future skills needs of our city, and boost the number of people in apprenticeships or other training programs,” said Dr Schaper.

Following an expression of interest process, successful applicants will work with Skills Canberra to develop a project proposal for consideration by the ACT Government.

The program is part of a suite of activities to support the ACT’s target of 4,165 new apprenticeships being taken up over the next four years under the National Partnership on the Skilling Australians Fund.

The maximum amount of funding that can be sought is limited to $300,000 per expression of interest.

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