What is Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers?
Skills Checkpoint is a government program that supports Australians over 40 to upskill or retrain so they can advance or change their careers.
The Department of Education, Skills, and Employment of the Australian Government runs this initiative, which is designed for senior workers who need help with skill development.
Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers provides these specialised support services:
• Career assessment
• Meeting with a career advisor
• Suggestions for skills training and a career strategy
• Grants for training of up to $2,200 (covering 50-75% of course cost)
Courses in Northern Territory
Skills Checkpoint Courses in Northern Territory
What courses does Skills Checkpoint funding subsidise?
Vocational courses, including Certificate III, IV, and Diplomas, can be funded by Skills Checkpoint. In the Northern Territory, funded courses are delivered by training provider VERTO.
The subsidy varies according to the course:
• 50% off the price of training that improves employment prospects
• 75% off the price of training related to a skill on the Skills Priority List of the National Skills Commission
The following professions with shortages and rising demand are included on the Skills Priority List:
• Retail Supervisor
• Human Resource Clerk
• Forklift Driver
• Library Assistant
• Visual Merchandiser
Am I eligible for the Skills Checkpoint program?
A set number of training incentives are available each year. Along with expanded eligibility standards, the number of openings doubled in January 2022.
To meet the new criteria, 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 the Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers website to check your eligibility and to submit an application.
Others Government Funding Schemes in Northern Territory
JobTrainer is a government funding scheme that offers low-cost training courses so Territorians can upskill or reskill in areas with strong employment growth.Learn More
Australian Apprentices can receive assistance from User Choice, a national government funding program, to cover the cost of training and assessment services.Learn More
How do I get Skills Checkpoint?
Fill out an application on the Skills Checkpoint website to see if you’re eligible for the programme.
What are the fees for Skills Checkpoint ACT?
You will only pay for 25 to 50 percent of the usual training cost under Skills Checkpoint, up to the $2,200 subsidy ceiling.
What skills can I learn with Skills Checkpoint?
You can learn any skill set that will help you succeed in your career with Skills Checkpoint. Those with skills relevant to employment on the Skills Priority List are eligible for a greater subsidy. They include, but are not restricted to:
• Retail operations
• Human resources
• Library services