Skills First Program – Upskilling
Skills First Program is a Victorian Government scheme that helps people access vocational education and training. Through Skills First, quality training providers can successfully compete to meet the needs of students, industry and the economy.
Skills First ensures quality providers can successfully compete to meet the needs of students, industry and the economy.
Skills First is made up of:
How much Skills First can I do?
These limits encourage you to make informed decisions about your training and employment opportunities, and finish your training.
*This includes courses you start but don’t finish.
To be eligible for Skills First training, you must be:
If you are an asylum seeker, you may be eligible under the Asylum seeker VET program.
Skills First prioritises training for young people (under 20), Apprenticeships and Foundation Skills, and otherwise requires students do progressively higher qualifications to be eligible.
If you are under 20 years old or eligible under the JobTrainer Fund (see below) you can do Skills First training at any level .
If you are 20 years or over, you can usually only do Skills First training at a higher level than any qualification you already have. For example, if you have a Certificate III, you can’t do a subsidised Certificate II course. (Exemption for those under 25 years per JobTrainer below.)
You can also do Skills First training in skill sets. These are accredited short courses to help with quick and flexible training for skills shortages and workforce demands. When you do a skill set, your age and what level of qualification you already have doesn’t affect whether you are eligible.
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