$21 million to boost ACT workforce skills

ACT Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch has launched Skilled Capital, a new $21 million training initiative that will respond to industry identified skills needs.

"Skilled Capital will provide all Canberrans with the opportunity to upskill through access to high quality training in areas of identified skills needs," Ms Burch said.

"Canberra needs more workers in areas such as early childhood care, disability support services, education support, aged care, and information technology. Skilled Capital will give students the support they need to complete the training that is right for them.

"The ACT Government is committed to increasing the skills of the ACT workforce to ensure the Territory's economic and social prosperity.

"Skilled Capital will target training to meet the needs of ACT industry and employers, and will complement existing government supported training options available at the Canberra Institute of Technology and through the Australian Apprenticeships Program.

"Skilled Capital will provide subsidised training in a selection of qualifications from the ACT Skills Needs List, as well as a selection of certificate II pathway qualifications that may lead to further training at a higher level. A comprehensive range of support services is also available to students to assist them to successfully complete their qualification.

"Skilled Capital is underpinned by a comprehensive evidence base to ensure it supports high quality training in areas of highest skills need.

"It will provide great opportunities for students and support our commitment to achieve a skilled workforce for the ACT."

Further information, including the ACT Skills and Training Policy Directions Paper, is available on the new Skilled Capital website: www.skills.act.gov.au External Link - opens in new window.