What is Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers?
Skills Checkpoint is a government initiative that assists Australians over 40 in retraining and upskilling so they can advance their professions or find new jobs.
This programme is run by the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Skills, and Employment. It is intended for senior workers who need to upgrade their skills.
Through Skills Checkpoint, the following tailored support services are available:
• Career assessment
• Consultations with a career counsellor
• A plan for your career and suggestions for skill development
• Training grants of up to $2,200 (covering 50-75% of course cost)
Courses in Australian Capital Territory
Skills Checkpoint Courses in Australian Capital Territory
What courses does Skills Checkpoint funding subsidise?
Vocational courses, like Certificate IIIs and Diplomas are funded by Skills Checkpoint. Training provider BUSY At Work delivers the courses in the ACT.
Depending on the course, the subsidy varies:
• 50% of the price of tuition for courses that boost your career prospects
• 75% of the price of tuition for courses related to a skill on the National Skills Commission’s Skills Priority List.
A few samples of jobs on the Skills Priority List with shortages and rising demand are:
• Retail Supervisor
• Human Resource Clerk
• Forklift Driver
• Library Assistant
• Visual Merchandiser
Am I eligible for the Skills Checkpoint program?
Each year, a fixed quantity of training incentives are offered. The number of available spots increased from January 2022, with more inclusive eligibility criteria.
To satisfy the new requirements, you must be:
• 40 years or older
• A permanent resident or citizen of Australia
• Employed but at risk of losing your job
• Recently out of work (within 12 months)
• Not taking part in a Government employment services programme
Visit https://skillscheck.com.au/ to validate your eligibility and to submit an application.
Others Government Funding Schemes in Australian Capital Territory
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How do I get Skills Checkpoint?
Apply via the Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers website to verify your eligibility for Skills Checkpoint.
What are the fees for Skills Checkpoint ACT?
Up until the $2200 subsidy cap, you will only be required to pay 25–50% of the regular training cost under Skills Checkpoint.
What skills can I learn with Skills Checkpoint?
With Skills Checkpoint, you can study any skill set that will help you advance your profession. A larger subsidy is offered to those with skills connected to jobs on the Skills Priority List. These contain, but are not limited to:
• Retail operations
• Human resources
• Library services