Applications are now open for the Morrison Government’s Future of Work Partnership with BHP.

Up to 1,000 people living in regional areas have the opportunity to study a short course from this year, or start an Advanced Apprenticeship later this year, with their student contribution covered through the partnership programs.

Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge said the partnership was part of the Government’s focus on giving Australians, particularly in regional Australia, the
opportunity to boost their skills and improve their employability.

“This Government is all about getting more people into work and skilling Australians for the jobs of the future,” Minister Tudge said.

“The partnership will also support growth in regional areas by improving access to education, upskilling locals and creating pathways to employment.”

“The initiative builds on the Government’s Job Ready Graduates package that will create an additional 100,000 university places by 2030, 50,000 new short course places and provides more incentives for regional students.

“We’re creating more options for school leavers, and for workers who want to upskill or reskill – particularly those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

BHP President Minerals Australia Edgar Basto said the company was investing $30 million in the Future of Work Program through its Social Investment program.

“BHP is proud to be supporting a business-led recovery through our ongoing operations and significant investments in regional Australia,” Mr Basto said.

“The advanced apprenticeships and short courses offered by the Future of Work Program will help develop the workforce of the future.

“Australians will be able to re-skill, embrace technology and find new jobs in many sectors, not just mining. We are proud to play our part in helping Australian communities on the road to recovery.”

As well as having their student contribution fee covered by BHP, students who meet the eligibility criteria may also be eiligible for other financial support.

The higher education opportunities will be offered to people in areas of regional New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

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To further develop the workforce of the future, the Morrison Government has also:

  • provided $2.8 billion in Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidies thatn are helping employers to retain their apprentices and trainees
  • created a $900 million National Priorities and Industry Linkage Fund to enhance engagement between higher education and industry, with a strong focus on STEM industries
  • provided $25.1 million to support nearly 600 women to combine work and study while studying a STEM Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree.