JobTrainer Provider Negotiations Continue

Date —

19 August 2020

Education Sector/s —
Vocational Education & Training

Summary —

The JobTrainer  program is a $1billion investment that will provide 340,700 vocational education and training places. With funding to be distributed by state and territory governments, the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) is working to ensure that the program will be delivered by quality independent Registered Training Organisations (RTOs).

Key Issues —

To support school leavers and job seekers facing challenges as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Australian Government announced the JobTrainer initiative. The announcement followed strong advocacy by ITECA, backed by employer groups, for a major investment in vocational education and training.

The investment is $1 billion, with one-half coming from the Australian Government and the remaining half from the state and territory governments which will fund 340,700 places aimed at job seekers and school leavers.

The JobTrainer initiative will be managed by state and territory governments and, in that context, ITECA has been working to ensure that independent RTOs will play a lead role in delivering JobTrainer courses. Naturally, ITECA is also working taking a leadership role in undertaking negotiations with the Australian Government which is responsible for the policy framework of the JobTrainer initiative. ITECA’s advocacy is on the key issues set out below.


Advocacy ―
JobTrainer Provider Negotiations


Course Providers: Delivery of JobTrainer courses will be by quality independent RTOs and public TAFE colleges.

Initial Providers: In the first instance, independent RTOs with a current state / territory government funding contact should deliver JobTrainer programs. The pool of independent RTOs able to deliver the program should be opened up as circumstances warrant.

Types Of Courses: The courses under JobTrainer that should be delivered may only include nationally endorsed qualifications (e.g. Certificate III) or endorsed skills sets.

Course Areas: The courses that should be delivered should be those identified by the National Skills Commissioner in concert with state and territory governments,

The discussions on the points above are ongoing. At a national level they are being undertaken by the ITECA Director – Policy and Research and at a local level by the ITECA state / territory branches with the support of the ITECA Manager – State Government Policy. Updates on the JobTrainer initiiative are provided to members at the following member meetings.


Updates ―
JobTrainer State / Territory Provider Information


Member Meetings – ITECA Funded provider interest groups

“The negotiations that we’re having with governments across the country have been positive and clearly indicate that quality independent RTOs will play a lead role in delivering JobTrainer courses,” said Troy Williams, ITECA Chief Executive.

Noting that some consultants have been spruiking “MasterClasses” in how providers may deliver JobTrainer programs, ITECA has issued a caution about investing in such programs. The rationale is clear, the design of the JobTrainer program isn’t finalised, and the experts are not involved in the discussions with government on this matter.

Getting Involved —

ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals serving on the ITECA Vocational Education and Training Reference Committee.  ITECA Membership – It's a great time to get involved.

Further Information —

If you're an ITECA member and would like more information on this matter, the ITECA team would value the opportunity to talk to you.  Simply send an email to or telephone 1300 421 017.  Stay up to date via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


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