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Are you looking to retrain or upskill to find work amid Australia’s flailing economy? If the answer is yes, but you don’t have spare cash to spend, you’re in luck — a new (and free) NSW initiative is looking to give you a helping hand. And our local community college – Northern Beaches & Mosman College – has a raft of great courses on offer.

What is ‘Skilling for Recovery’?

New South Wales has committed nearly $160 million to the federal JobTrainer program in order to help job seekers upskill or retrain and support school leavers as they enter the workforce for the first time.

As part of this funding, its new ‘Skilling for Recovery’ initiative will provide a combination of short and long courses at no cost.

It’s the kind of news we absolutely love to hear given the seasonal unemployment rate in Australia as of September 2020 is at 6.9% (an increase of 0.1 points since the last announcement and 1.7 points over last year’s figures). The youth unemployment rate also rose by 0.4 points to 14.5%, which is a 2.7% jump from 2019’s stats. It’s safe to say Australia still has a long way to go to turn things around.

Given the situation, it’s the perfect time to hone your skills or learn new ones with the aim of finding a job. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian explained recently in a media release that her government was committed to delivering 100,000 fee-free training places across the state. “It doesn’t matter if you are a school leaver or looking for a new career path, I encourage everyone impacted by the pandemic to see what training options are available to them,” Ms Berejiklian said.

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Courses available at Northern Beaches & Mosman College under Skilling for Recovery

Northern Beaches & Mosman College (NBMC)  has been offering free courses under NSW’s initiative since October. The college is home to qualified and experienced trainers and is also an approved provider under the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled Training Program.

The qualifications you can obtain from them at no cost include:

  • Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing & Home & Community ) CHC33015
  • Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) CHC33015
  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care CHC30113
  • Certificate III in Health Services Assistance HLT33115
  • Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance HLT33115
  • Certificate IV in Ageing Support CHC43015 (for existing workers)
  • Certificate IV in Leisure & Health CHC43415
  • Certificate IV in Community Services CHC42015
  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care CHC50113 (for existing workers)
  • Certificate IV in Human Resources BSB41015

  • Diploma of Leadership & Management BSB51918

From February 2021, you will also have the following qualifications to choose from:

  • Certificate III in Business BSB30115
  • Certificate IV in New Small Business BSB42618
  • Certificate IV in Human Resources BSB41015
  • Certificate IV in Leadership & Management BSB42015
  • Diploma of Leadership & Management BSB51918

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for NBMC’s courses under the Skilling for Recovery initiative, you must be:

  • An Australia or New Zealand citizen, a permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder;
  • Aged 15 years or older;
  • Not at school (excludes homeschooled students); and
  • Living or working in NSW.

Additionally, a prospective student must also meet one the criteria listed below:

  • Be unemployed;
  • Be 17-24 years of age, including 2020 Year 12 School Leavers (regardless of employment status); or
  • At risk of unemployment.

For more information

NBMC website: www.nbmc.nsw.edu.au
Phone: 9970 1000
Email: enquiries@nbmc.nsw.edu.au