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chosen field via short courses
or advanced apprenticeships

Are you the future of regional Australia?

The Future of Work Program is your chance to undertake a short course or advanced apprenticeship and upskill, reskill or learn new skills.

Applications for the 2021 short course program have closed. Confirmation of the program’s continuation in 2022 will be announced later this year and more information on the 2022 short course program will be available at that time. Applications for the advanced apprenticeship program to open towards the end of 2021.

About the Future of Work Program

Building a successful and resilient workforce for the future will play a vital part in Australia’s economic recovery. As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic we need to resolve skill shortages in regional areas.

This is why BHP and the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment have come together to form the Future of Work Program and promote skills development in regional Australia.

This program is designed to prepare people to become the regional workforce of the future. It will create 1,000 skills development opportunities by funding students undertaking short courses and advanced apprenticeships in target regional areas.

Short courses

Eligible students will gain a unique opportunity to have their student contribution fee for their course covered by the Future of Work Program and may also be eligible for assistance relating to other expenses.

The Future of Work short course program is open to students enrolling in a short course (Undergraduate Certificate or Graduate Certificate) with a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) who live in the following regional areas:

  • Bowen Basin and Mackay, Queensland
  • Roxby Downs and Upper Spencer Gulf, South Australia
  • The Pilbara and Goldfields, Western Australia
  • Upper Hunter Region, New South Wales

Applications for the 2021 short course program have now closed, however if you are interested in commencing a short course in 2022, you can express your interest below and our team will be in contact following confirmation of the program’s continuation.

Express your interest in the 2022 short course program

Round 4 (for Undergraduate Certificates and Graduate Certificates commencing in 2021 only)

Applications open: 2 August 2021

Applications close: 28 November 2021

Express your interest in the Advanced Apprenticeship Program.
As a student, learn new skills in your chosen field, and earn while you learn.
As an employer, upskill your employees to build a successful and
resilient workforce for the future.

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Register your expression of interest
for the 2022 short course program, learn
new skills in your chosen field, and relax
knowing you’re prepared for the future.

Express your interest in the 2022 short course program

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Advanced apprenticeships

For the purposes of the Future of Work Program, an advanced apprentice is a person who is employed with a registered employer, and is enrolled in a higher education course.

Similar to the traditional apprenticeship model, students are paid by an employer to undertake structured on-the-job training as part of their course requirements.

However, unlike a traditional apprenticeship, students will graduate with a university qualification.

Advanced apprenticeships will help build a skilled and resilient workforce to support regional employers’ future productivity and economic prospects.

Eligible students will gain a unique opportunity to study for a higher education qualification, while gaining hands-on commercial experience. Advanced apprenticeships will enable:

  • Faster delivery of relevant, practical skills for industry; and
  • On-the-job learning that is contextualised to meet the needs of an employer.

We aim to commence the first cohort of advanced apprenticeships in 2022.

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I’m a student - what does this mean for me?

Students will gain a unique opportunity to study for a degree, while being paid to gain hands-on industry experience. At the end of the advanced apprenticeship, students will be set up to either continue with their employment and pursue a career in their chosen area, or pursue further higher education.

Students who undertake an advanced apprenticeship will have a differentiated experience to their peers. They will have the opportunity to be more job ready, and will be able to demonstrate greater understanding of their industry and occupational requirements in their chosen career.

Advanced apprenticeships will help you to:

  • Earn an income while you study (in a way that is practical and meaningful) and for work that contributes to your study
  • Set yourself up for job readiness and future proof your work life while you live where you love
  • Undertake flexible entry and exit pathways to suit your individual needs

I’m a business - what does this mean for me?

Building a successful and resilient workforce for the future will play an integral role in regional and remote businesses' future productivity and economic prospects.

The Future of Work Program will support the local workforce, and as a result, local businesses, through funding for advanced apprenticeships across key disciplines.

Advanced apprenticeships will help you to:

  • Strengthen your talent pipeline with access to workers
  • Upskill existing employees and support their career progression
  • Support the local workforce, community growth and regional economic growth

Frequently asked questions

The five most commonly asked questions are:

For the purpose of the Future of Work Program, Short Courses are Undergraduate Certificates and Graduate Certificates. Students completing full degrees, such as a Master’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, and Advanced Diploma, are not eligible for the program.

We accept people from all backgrounds and life experiences.

To be eligible for our Future of Work Program you’ll need to be currently enrolled, in the process of enrolling or considering enrolling in a CGS short course (Undergraduate Certificate or Graduate Certificate) through a Commonwealth supported place, and reside in one of the following regional areas:

  • Bowen Basin and Mackay, Queensland
  • Roxby Downs and Upper Spencer Gulf, South Australia
  • The Pilbara and Goldfields, Western Australia
  • Hunter Region, New South Wales

Applications for the 2021 short course program have closed. Application information for the 2022 short course program will be available towards the end of the 2021. Express your interest via this form to receive more information closer to the date. You can also reach out to applications@regionalfutureofwork.com for further information.

For the purpose of the Future of Work Program, an advanced apprentice is a person who is employed with a registered employer, and is enrolled in a higher education course.

Similar to the traditional apprenticeship model, students are paid by an employer to undertake structured on-the-job training as part of their course requirements. However, unlike a traditional apprenticeship, students will graduate with a university qualification.

Applications are not yet open. Course information should be available around December 2021. Express your interest to receive more information closer to the date.

Contact us

For more information about the Future of Work Program,
please contact applications@regionalfutureofwork.com

About the Future of Work Partnership

BHP and the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment have created the Future of Work Program to deliver 1,000 skills development opportunities in regional Australia. BHP is investing up to $30 million in target regions in Queensland, Western Australia, New South Wales and South Australia.

Through short courses and advanced apprenticeships, the program is designed to help regional Australians and businesses prepare for the future, and support local efforts to overcome challenges brought by COVID-19.

To build a successful, adaptable and resilient workforce for the future, a strong focus on development and adaptation of education and training courses is required. These efforts must be focused on enhancing people’s learning experiences, creating opportunities for unemployed people to gain employment, and to upskill existing employees to be better prepared for the challenges of the future.

To find out more please visit www.regionalfutureofwork.com or email
applications@regionalfutureofwork.com.