What is JobTrainer?

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The JobTrainer initiative (JobTrainer) is a joint Commonwealth and State initiative which increases access to free or low fee training places for young people and job seekers. JobTrainer complements the existing subsidised training available such as Free TAFE.

How does JobTrainer affect course fees?

Eligible students enrolling in a full course under JobTrainer will only be charged 20% of the standard course tuition fee. This applies to enrolments at any AQF level, including Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas. Material and resources fees still apply.

How does this compare to Free TAFE?

Eligible students enrolling in a Free TAFE course do not pay any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply.

When does JobTrainer start and finish?

Students can enrol in JobTrainer from 25 November 2020. JobTrainer is expected to continue until December 2021.

Who is eligible for JobTrainer?

A person can participate under JobTrainer if they are:

  • 17 to 24 years old when the course starts; or
  • a job seeker of any age.

Proof of age or evidence of job seeker status will be required. Students must not have commenced a full qualification under JobTrainer before.

Can apprentices and trainees do JobTrainer?

Apprentices and school-based apprentices are not eligible for JobTrainer.
Trainees completing a non-school-based JobTrainer traineeship are eligible - if they fulfil the age and/or jobseeker criteria.

What are the eligibility exemptions under JobTrainer?

The normal Skills First eligibility criteria apply to JobTrainer but with two exceptions;

  • no upskilling requirement, and
  • no ‘two at level in a lifetime’ limit.

Students can only enrol in one course under JobTrainer. However, students who have previously used their Free TAFE entitlement can enrol in a second Free TAFE course under JobTrainer.
Students who complete a Free TAFE course under JobTrainer who have not previously used their Free TAFE entitlement, will remain entitled to use it for one more Free TAFE course in the future.

This means it is important to consider the timing of your course and whether you should use JobTrainer while it is available (expected to finish Dec 2021) or Free TAFE (expected to finish Dec 2022). Our Customer Service team can help establish the best option for you.


Are JobTrainer spots limited?

Yes. The Gordon has been allocated a set number of JobTrainer funded spots per course. Once these fill, we will not be able to offer the JobTrainer concession to students enrolling in these courses.

Which courses are included in JobTrainer?

JobTrainer courses have been chosen to meet the priority needs of the Victorian economy.
In 2020, JobTrainer is only available to those undertaking a full qualification. It does not apply to short courses. However, a list of skill sets is being developed and will be available under the JobTrainer initiative next year.
All Free TAFE courses are included in the JobTrainer course list. However, there are additional courses funded by JobTrainer that are not part of the Free TAFE initiative.

How do I apply for JobTrainer?

Apply via the usual online application from our website.

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About The Gordon

The Gordon Institute of TAFE is one of the largest regional TAFEs in Victoria and has been helping people gain real skills for real jobs for over 125 years. We pride ourselves on delivering a great range of TAFE courses from short courses to nationally accredited training across apprenticeships, traineeships, certificates, diplomas, and advanced diplomas, which can lead you to a great career or create pathways to university.

The Gordon acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we work, study and do business. We pay respect to their Elders, past and present. The Gordons Reconciliation Plan can be found here.

Our training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. | Authorised by the Victorian Government, Melbourne.

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