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Learn new skills in
your chosen field,
without the price tag.

Have your study fees paid by the regional Future of Work Program

The Future of Work Program is your chance to upskill, reskill or learn new skills without a hefty education fee. All you need to do is complete this application form and confirm that you live in an eligible regional area.
It’s that simple.

You’ll gain new skills to use in your next or current job, and have the entire student contribution for your chosen course covered. You’ll also receive financial support relating to other study expenses.

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learn new skills in your chosen field,
and relax knowing you’re prepared for the future.

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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 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 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

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 3

Applications open: 17 May 2021

Applications close: 25 July 2021

Frequently asked questions

The five most commonly asked questions are:

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 3
Applications open: 17 May 2021
Applications close: 25 July 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

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

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

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 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.

The Future of Work Program covers the cost of the student contribution fee for short study programs for successful applicants. This 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.