Future of Work
Program

Upskilling and growing Australia’s
regional workforce

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 Department of Education, Skills and Employment have come together to form the Future of Work Program and promote skills development in regional Australia.

About the
Future of Work Program

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 key regional areas.

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 available to students currently enrolled or considering enrolling in a short course (Undergraduate Certificate or Graduate Certificate) 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
  • Hunter Region, New South Wales

Apply for the
Future of Work Program

Short course program
commencement dates

For prospective and current students there are a series of application rounds. Please note the program is ongoing and there will be additional rounds added to the below dates for the advanced apprenticeship program.

Round 2

Applications open: 29 March 2021

Applications close: 16 April 2021

Round 3

Applications open: 17 May 2021

Applications close: 25 June 2021

Frequently asked questions

Applications to the Future of Work Program are open to students considering enrolling and students currently enrolled through a series of rounds throughout the year. Please note that as the program is ongoing and we expect to add more dates for advanced apprenticeships to the following list:

Short courses:

Round 2
Applications open: 29 March 2021
Applications close: 16 April 2021

Round 3
Applications open: 17 May 2021
Applications close: 25 June 2021

We’ll be assessing applications throughout each round and will progress candidates who meet the program eligibility and selection criteria.

Please note, all applications will be reviewed.

We accept people from all backgrounds and life experiences.

To be eligible for our Future of 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
  1. Access the application form here
  2. Reach out to applications@regionalfutureofwork.com for further information if needed
  3. Complete the short online application
  4. If shortlisted, provide evidence of your enrollment and place of residence
  5. Receive an offer

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.

No. Students completing full degrees, such as a Master’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, and Advanced Diploma, are not eligible for the program.

The Future of Work Program will fund the student contribution fee for selected applicants in short courses.

No. You can be enrolled for part time or full time study in a short course.

Head to Course Seeker to find Graduate Certificates and Undergraduate Certificates that are available online or at a provider near you.

No. You can choose the university or NUHEP that you do your course through. You can find out more information about providers on Course Seeker.

Information about the advanced apprenticeship program will be shared on this website in early May 2021. This will include information on eligibility, courses, work placements, and funding.

Contact us

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

About the Future of Work Partnership

In order 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.

BHP is investing up to $30 million to create 1,000 skills development opportunities through advanced apprenticeships and short courses, designed for students to help prepare regional workforces for the future and support local efforts to overcome challenges brought about by COVID-19.

The Program is being delivered across target regions in Queensland, Western Australia, New South Wales and South Australia in close coordination with higher education institutions. PwC Australia’s role is to support the design and roll-out of the Program, including stakeholder engagement, communications management, and program management. If you have any queries about the role of PwC Australia, please contact applications@regionalfutureofwork.com.