Skills and Training Incentive scenarios

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Read some examples of how the incentive can be used to help with the cost of training and re-skilling.

Shane

Shane, 46, works as a builder on a worksite in the city. He started his career as an apprentice with a local builder and now works for a major construction company building residential apartments.

Shane is not sure how much longer he wants to do this job. It’s physically demanding and he thinks now is a good time to change roles but he's unsure about the next step. Shane talks with his supervisor who thinks it would be beneficial to retain Shane in the company in a supervisory/mentoring role but recognises he may not have all the relevant skills or qualifications. Shane's supervisor tells him about the Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers. Shane registers for a skills assessment and gets advice about how to transition from being a builder to a supervisor by developing his existing skills. The skills assessment recommends Shane enrol in a part-time course through TAFE.

The course costs $2500. His work agrees to pay $1250 towards his TAFE fees and the Government matches the employer contribution of $1250 through the Skills and Training Incentive. Shane completes the training and moves into a new role with the company.

Raquel

Raquel, 60, works for a call centre. The business is downsizing and most of the call centre roles will become automated. Raquel, is one of five workers who are being made redundant. The company wants to ensure their staff are supported to find their next job. They contact the Skills Checkpoint provider and ask for a skills assessment for these staff.

Raquel has her skills assessed and discovers after many years at the call centre she has sound IT skills and excellent communication and problem solving skills. Raquel expresses an interest in a job in IT. The Skills Checkpoint provider identifies opportunities for jobs as a web publisher. The provider recommends an IT course that runs for two days a week for four weeks. They also recommend a second course which is also four week’s part time.

The first course costs $800. Raquel's work agrees to pay $400 and the Government contributes $400 through the Skills and Training Incentive. The second course costs $1000. Raquel’s employer covers $500 and the Incentive contributes the other $500. Raquel completes the courses and begins to apply for jobs in web design and management.

Jakob

Jakob, 50, recently lost his job as a domestic cleaner for a small business. He has been out of work for five weeks. He has had many jobs over his lifetime but isn't having any luck getting a new job. He decides to call the Skills Checkpoint provider in his city. They talk to him about the types of jobs he might be good at based on his skills assessment and give him some advice on the growing industries in the region which have a lot of vacancies. Jakob decides he would like to work in Aged Care.

The provider recommends Jakob completes an Aged Care course which costs $1200, and a First Aid course for $180. He decides to use the Skills and Training Incentive from the Government to help with the cost of both courses. He pays $90 for the First Aid training and $600 for the Aged Care course. The Government matches these contributions paying $90 for the first course and $600 for the other course.

Audrey

Audrey, 55, has worked in the finance department for the same company for 10 years. She would like to change careers and become a Financial Advisor but is unsure whether this is the right move. She sees an online ad for the Skills Checkpoint provider and gives them a call. They work with Audrey to understand her career/work goals, provide encouragement and support and suggest some training options. The skills assessment shows that Audrey is well suited to a new career as a Financial Adviser. To become a qualified Financial Adviser, Audrey will need to complete a relevant post- graduate diploma which is six units and one year’s study. The Skills Checkpoint provider tells Audrey that she can get some Government assistance to contribute to the costs of the units.

The first semester course is $2200; Audrey contributes $1100 and $1100 is paid by the Government using the Skills and Training Incentive. The second semester course is $2800; Audrey pays $1700 and the Government pays $1100.