Adult Learners Week reminds all of us that learning is not just for the young. In fact, learning and exercising your brain has been proven to keep you ‘feeling young’, whether you want to enrich your life by learning a new hobby or you want to advance your career by gaining new skills or a further qualification.
This year’s theme of ‘Change Your Story’ is a relevant one for many. With current disruptions to business and industry and rapidly-advancing digital technologies, it is fair to say that the working world will never be quite the same.
For the new world emerging, particularly for employment or business, we can all ‘change our story’ by pivoting and adapting. If you’re prepared to learn, you can stay ahead of the curve – in your personal wellbeing and in your career.
The Australian Government is committed to supporting the recovery of our workforce, putting record funding into skills and training to give adult Australians new pathways to a job, a career change, or to equip them with future-proofing skills in this rapidly evolving world.
According to the Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, Stuart Robert, “Adult Learners Week is a great way for people to find new opportunities through adult education. We know that lifelong learning is so important and is vital in equipping people with the right skills to get into a job.
“Whether you are re-engaging with education, or getting skills to future-proof your career, there has never been a better time to learn a new skill and I would remind employers there are significant wage subsidies in place if you take on an adult apprentice or trainee.”
Support Available to help you ‘Change Your Story’
Like to tap into some of the career-changing learning offerings? Here’s a list of what’s available.
Offering low or no-cost vocational courses, the $2 billion investment in the initiative has already seen 230,000 participants take up a course to increase their chances for employment, remain in employment or re-skill for a new role. Find out more
- Skills Checkpoint & Training Incentive
If you’re aged between 45 and 70, this national program supports you to remain in the workforce or re-enter the workforce (if unemployed for less than 9 months), providing one-on-one career mentoring support and a 50% training incentive for any vocational related course (maximum rebate amount of $2,200). The program has already seen thousands of Australians remain in the workforce or re-skill for a new role or career pathway. Find out more
- Mature-aged apprenticeships or traineeships
Earning while you are learning on the job is a great way to re-skill for a new career pathway or qualify yourself in your current role. With incentives for employers to take on a mature aged apprentice or trainee, there has never been a better time to consider an apprenticeship or traineeship. Find out more
- Skilling Queenslanders for Work
Funded by the Queensland State Government, the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program is a long-running and highly successful program that has already supported over 36,000 Queenslanders to skill up and find work. With a range of short courses in a variety of industries including construction, horticulture, child-care, health services and more, the courses are eligible for unemployed or under-employed persons looking to gain skills and work. BUSY At Work are contracted to deliver Skilling Queenslanders for Work in the Brisbane region and surrounds. Find out more
Looking outside of the Brisbane region? Search for a Skilling Queenslanders for Work course near you.
Paul Miles, Managing Director at BUSY At Work said, “With huge investment in support for adult Australians to remain or re-enter the workforce, now is a fantastic time to tap into re-skilling and ensuring your job security for the future. Adult Learners Week is a great reminder that you can ‘Change your Story’ – and BUSY At Work is here to support you to achieve that”.