JobTrainer

Providing more choice for students through JobTrainer

What is JobTrainer?

The JobTrainer program represents a significant investment into training delivery in South Australia and complements existing efforts under Skilling South Australia and partnerships with providers, employers and industry.

Together we can respond to growing demand, deliver high quality training and provide more choice for school leavers, young people and jobseekers.

Under JobTrainer, courses listed on the Subsidised Training List (STL) (effective 20 May 2021) are accessible to eligible students at low-cost.

To deliver JobTrainer, registered training organisations:

  • can receive additional subsidies to support the delivery of low fee training for eligible students
  • have access to the Building Capability Program to expand your capability and enhance the delivery of high quality training and assessment

What’s new?

The Subsidised Training List (STL) effective 15 October 2020, now includes:

  • a broader range of entry level pathways for school leavers and young people
  • short courses to build skills towards further aligned training and increased employability
  • low-fee apprenticeships and traineeships.

For information on JobTrainer and details about fees for eligible JobTrainer students, read the policy.

For more information about the framework, see Training Fee Framework.

Frequently Asked Questions

JobTrainer increases the Government subsidy to support more school leavers, young people and job seekers to access low-fee training by expanding the eligibility categories for concessions, for more courses.

Since the introduction of JobTrainer on 15 October 2020, concession eligibility outlined in the Training Fee Framework has been expanded to include:

  • Not be employed and not enrolled in a secondary school; or
  • Aged between 16 to 24 years and not enrolled in secondary school.

This is in addition to people who were previously eligible for concession fees.

From the commencement of JobTrainer on 15 October 2020, concessions are available to a person in any of the below listed categories:

  • Not be employed and not enrolled in a secondary school; or
  • Aged between 16 to 24 years and not enrolled in secondary school; or
  • Prisoners in a South Australian correctional institution; or
  • At the commencement of training in a Unit of Competency in the course, the Participant holds a current Commonwealth Government concession card - Health Care, Pensioner or Veteran Affairs concession card.

For further information, please refer to Training Fee Framework v1.1 section 11 Concession Reimbursement.

Under the agreement, contracted NTOs receive additional training subsidy for concession eligible students.  The additional subsidy must be passed on to the relevant student in the form of low-fee training, in accordance with the Training Fee Framework.

Concession reimbursement is paid to the Nominated Training Organisation who must either:

  • pass on the full amount of the reimbursement to the Participant or
  • at least, pass on the value of the reimbursement to the extent that the Participant pays no more through the Participant Course Fee than $0.25 per hour for undertaking the course.

Yes. The amount payable for concession reimbursement and completion of a course has changed. However, the formula for calculating subsidies payable, including the Concession Reimbursement Rate per hour, has not changed.

For further information, see the Training Fee Framework.

Yes. Information on how to apply and the application form for a subsidy level review is located at Subsidy payments.

Qualifications and short courses have been identified based on industry skill needs, responding to economic conditions, upskilling opportunities and priorities raised through consultation including with the National Skills Commission.

The list of qualifications and short courses is intended to be dynamic to meet changing needs. You are encouraged to contact us at skills@sa.gov.au if you wish to submit an application for a qualification or a short course to be added.

No, claims for accredited training will be processed through the normal monthly submission process.

Yes. Upon creation of a Training Account, you must indicate that the participant is eligible for concession by selecting ‘Yes’ on the field: ‘Eligible for Other Concession’.

Setting the concessions fields correctly is important because it determines the concession reimbursement your organisation will receive, which it must pass on to the participant in the form of low fee training.

Set the ‘Eligible for Other Concessions’ field to ‘Yes’ if the participant is:

  • Not employed and not enrolled in a secondary school; or
  • Is aged 16 to 24 years old and not enrolled in a secondary school; or
  • Is a prisoner in a South Australian correctional institution.

Select a relevant Commonwealth Government Concession Card and add the expiry date of the card if the participant holds a current Commonwealth Government Concession Card - Health Care, Pensioner or Veteran Affairs Concession Card.

The User Guide to ‘Create Participant Profile and Training Account’ has been updated to reflect these changes. Further scenarios are also available in Table 1: Training Account Creation under JobTrainer.

Information about subsidies and student fees is provided in the Training Fee Framework.

Yes, Learner Support Services (LSS) are available for anyone undertaking accredited training on the Subsidised Training List.

Yes. All students applying for subsidised training must be assessed for their suitability, learning and support needs before enrolling, using the Up-front Assessment of Need (UAN) process. However, for skill sets the assessment of literacy and numeracy finishes with the short reading and numeracy assessment. See the UAN Guidelines under section 9.

Providers are invited to apply for a one-off Strategic Building Capability Project (BCP) that assists providers to deliver under JobTrainer. Funding will be considered on a per-project basis, based on the scope of activity. Further information is available in the BCP Project Guidelines.

No. JobTrainer is a new initiative that offers low fee training and builds on the foundations on existing government subsidy arrangements and Skilling South Australia programs.

JobTrainer increases the Government subsidy to enable lower student fees. Access to low student fee courses is planned to be available until 30 September 2021 or earlier dependent upon to how quickly the opportunity is taken up by students. Funding for concessions to enable lower student fees will be supported while the funding is available.

Yes, you can now enter prices for JobTrainer courses on the MySkills website. More information on how to do this will be provided by the MySkills team on the MySkills website shortly.

The concession reimbursement for an eligible student undertaking a Certificate II course is available, as it is for all courses. The Registered Training Organisation will be reimbursed an additional $0.25 per payment hour for eligible concession students undertaking a Certificate II course. 

Yes. Unless the course fee is specified by the Department for Innovation and Skills, the Training Provider will charge a minimum Participant Course Fee of $0.25 per hour. The Training Provider will not charge the Participant more than the specified amount for courses listed in Training Fee Framework - Attachment 3 Prescribed student fees or Fee Free if TGSS or ASBA undertaking TGSS approved courses at Certificate II level.

Yes. This person is eligible for concessions because they are unemployed rather than their possession of a Commonwealth Government Healthcare Card. This person will receive concession rates for the duration of their Training Account.

When creating a Training Account for a student who is over 24 years, not working and holds a concession card, set the ‘Eligible for Other Concession’ to ‘Yes’, fill in the details under the ‘Commonwealth Government Concession Type’ and add the expiry date of the Commonwealth Government concession card.

For further information refer to Table 1: Training Account Creation under JobTrainer.

Yes. This person’s eligibility is based on their possession of a Commonwealth Government Healthcare Card, and they will continue to receive concession rates whilst their Commonwealth Government Healthcare Card is valid.

When creating a Training Account for a student who is over 24 years, employed and holds a concession card, set the ‘Eligible for Other Concession’ field to ‘No’, fill in the details under the ‘Commonwealth Government Concession Type’ and add the expiry date of the Commonwealth Government concession card.

For further information refer to Table 1: Training Account Creation under JobTrainer.

This person’s eligibility is based on their age, not being enrolled in a secondary school, and not being employed, rather than their possession of a Commonwealth Government concession card. This person will receive concession rates for the duration of their Training Account.

When creating a Training Account for a student who is aged 16 to 24 years and not enrolled in a secondary school, not employed and holds a concession card, set the ‘Eligible for Other Concession field to ‘Yes’’, fill in the details under the ‘Commonwealth Government Concession Type’ and add the expiry date of the Commonwealth Government concession card.

For further information refer to Table 1: Training Account Creation under JobTrainer.

Yes. If a student is eligible for concession, then the Registered Training Organisation will be reimbursed.  Training Accounts created against an ESTC must indicate the student is eligible by selecting ‘Yes’ under the ‘Eligible for Other Concessions’ field.

JobTrainer concessions apply to eligible students and for all courses that are on the Subsidised Training List (STL) including the Subsidised Traineeship and Apprenticeship List.

No, secondary school students are not eligible to access concessions, or participate in JobTrainer projects.

Yes, RTOs are required to collect evidence of unemployment and concession eligibility at the time of enrolment and record this in the creation of the training account, as stipulated in the Training Fee Framework.

The Training Fee Framework, Section 11 Concession Reimbursement states:

The Service Provider must seek evidence of eligibility for a Participant Course Fee Concession from the Participant and record this in the Participant’s Training Account.

The Service Provider must ensure the information about concession eligibility recorded in the Training Account for each Participant is current.

The new minimum charge applies to training accounts created from 15/10/2020, unless the course fee is specified by the Department (Training Fee Framework - Attachment 3 Prescribed student fees or Fee Free if TGSS or ASBA undertaking TGSS approved courses at Certificate II level).

No, not unless the course is also listed on the Training Priorities List (TPL).

The JobTrainer conditions apply to Training Accounts created on or after 15 October 2020. If the SSA contract is after this time, please contact us on 1800 673 097 to discuss further.

The following table provides examples of how to complete the concession fields when creating a Training Account under JobTrainer.

Scenario

Training Account Fields Settings

Scenario Number

Age

At School

Employed

Non-Expired Commonwealth Government Concession Card ^

Eligible for Other Concession*

Commonwealth Government Concession Card^

1

16 - 24

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

2

16 - 24

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

3

16 - 24

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

4

16 - 24

No

No

No

Yes

No

5

16 - 24

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

6

16 - 24

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

7

16 - 24

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

8

16 - 24

Yes

No

No

No

No

9

> 24

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

10

> 24

No

Yes

No

No

No

11

> 24

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

12

> 24

No

No

No

Yes

No

* For those Eligible for Other Concession at the time of enrolment, the concession reimbursement is applied to the subsidy calculations for the life of the Training Account.

^Where a Commonwealth Card is solely used for concessions reimbursements, the reimbursement is  no longer applied to the subsidy for subjects that commence after the Card Expiry Date

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