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Source: Government of Queensland

In a Queensland-first, businesses, employees and job-seekers will be able to access a new pilot initiative designed to provide targeted skills development training.

Termed ‘micro-credentials’, these short courses provide an opportunity to support changing workplaces by training new or existing employees in specific skills to better support innovation and improve productivity.

Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman highlighted the valuable role micro-credentialing will play for Queenslanders at the CEDA Workforce transformation: people to technology event in Brisbane today.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s key priority is ensuring Queenslanders have the skills and training for the future of work,” Ms Fentiman said

“Support for micro-credentials is just another way we are ensuring Queenslanders have pathways to access skills and training.

“In the State Budget we committed $5.5 million for micro-credentialing pilots to fill some of the critical gaps in skills and training that are important to Queensland businesses.

“Micro-credentials will aim to improve employability of workers by providing skills in demand from industry and increasing the labour productivity of enterprises through investment in technical, digital and soft skills.

“In partnership with organisations such as TAFE Queensland, the Foundation for Young Australians, Central Queensland University and the Queensland Tourism Industry Council, we will be delivering skills in digital literacy, cyber security and digital data.

“We are also working with NDIS providers to develop micro-credentials for the NDIS workforce.”

“As part of the pilot program, $2.3 million will be available through a funding round to consider market-led proposals from industry, as we want to see Queenslanders access training for more jobs in more industries.”

Applications for industry to apply for funding to deliver micro-credentials opens on Monday 23 March 2020 and closes on Friday 24 April 2020.

For further information on micro-credentialing visit https://desbt.qld.gov.au/training/employers/funding/micro-credentialing

 

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