What is Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers?
Skills Checkpoint is a government program that supports Australians over 40 in retraining and upskilling so they can enhance their current careers or find new jobs.
The Department of Education, Skills, and Employment of the Australian Government oversees this initiative for senior employees who need to improve their skills.
The following specialised support services are offered by Skills Checkpoint:
• Career assessment
• Appointment with a career advisor
• A career strategy and advice on how to improve your skills
• Up to $2,200 in training grants (covering 50-75% of course cost)
Courses in Queensland
Skills Checkpoint Courses in Queensland
What courses does Skills Checkpoint funding subsidise?
Skills Checkpoint provides funding for vocational courses including Certificate IIIs and Diplomas. Training provider VERTO is approved to deliver funded courses in Queensland.
The subsidy varies according to the course:
• 50% off of the cost of courses that advance your career chances
• 75% off of the cost of courses related to a skill on the National Skills Commission’s Skills Priority List
A few examples of jobs with shortages and increasing demand are listed 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 provided each year. Since January 2022, there have been additional openings with broader eligibility requirements.
You must be the following to meet the new requirements:
• 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
In order to verify your eligibility and to submit an application, go to https://skillscheck.com.au/.
Others Government Funding Schemes in Queensland
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User Choice is a government funding program that helps Australian Apprentices by contributing to the cost of training and assessment services.Learn More
Certificate 3 Guarantee
The Certificate 3 Guarantee program could help pay for your first certificate III level qualification.Learn More
Free TAFE for under 25s
All under 25s in Queensland can access training for 26 priority certificate III qualifications for free, opening up new and exciting opportunities for young people in the area.Learn More
Free apprenticeships for under 25s
Free Apprenticeships for Under 25s is a program set up by the Queensland Government to give training to young people in high priority areas.Learn More
Higher Level Skills
The higher level skills program aims to equip Queenslanders with the necessary abilities to find work in priority industries or to move on towards a university education.Learn More
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 QLD?
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