What is Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers?
Skills Checkpoint is a government support program that helps Australians over 40 who want to retrain or upskill so they can stay employed, change careers, or find a new job.
This program is run by the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Skills, and Employment. It is intended for older workers facing challenges in the workplace who need to upgrade their skills.
The following customised support services are available:
• Career assessment
• Consultations with a career adviser
• Career plan with recommendations for skill development
• Training allowance of up to $2,200 (covering 50%–75% of course costs)
Courses in Tasmania
Skills Checkpoint Courses in Tasmania
What courses does Skills Checkpoint funding subsidise?
Vocational courses, such as certificate IIIs and diplomas, are funded by Skills Checkpoint. In Tasmania, a training provider called VERTO can deliver the courses.
Funding varies according to the course:
• 50% of the price of courses that advance your career
• 75% of the price of courses connected to a skill on the National Skills Commission’s Skills Priority List.
On the Skills Priority List, there is a wide range of professions with shortages and rising demand, including:
• Real Estate Agent
• Library Assistant
• Legal Executive
Am I eligible for the Skills Checkpoint program?
Each year, a restricted number of training subsidies are offered. The number of available spots doubled as of January 2022, and the eligibility requirements broadened.
To satisfy the new requirements, you must be:
• 40 years of age or older
• A citizen or permanent resident of Australia
• Employed, but at risk of entering the income support system
• Recently out of work (within 12 months)
• Not taking part in an employment services program run by the Australian government
Visit the Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers website to determine your eligibility and submit an application.
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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 Tasmania?
Until you reach the $2200 subsidy cap under Skills Checkpoint, you’ll only pay 25–50% of the training cost.
What skills can I learn with Skills Checkpoint?
Any skill set that will help you advance in your career is something you can learn with Skills Checkpoint. A higher subsidy is given for training associated with jobs on the Skills Priority List. These involve, but are not limited to:
• Human resources
• Real estate
• Retail operations
• Library services
• Legal services