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Short Course Program frequently asked questions

Applications for the Future of Work Program are open to students through a series of application rounds. Key dates for the latest application round for the short course program can be found on the website home page. Please note that as the program is ongoing, we expect to add dates for advanced apprenticeship applications in due course.

Applicants will be notified of their application outcomes approximately five weeks after applying. Following receipt of your application, you will be provided with an email notification that we have received your application and that it is being processed.

The Future of Work Enrolments Team will 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 the Future of Work Program you will need to be interested in enrolling, in the process of enrolling, or already enrolled (commencing in 2021 or 2022) in a short course (Undergraduate Certificate or Graduate Certificate) with a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). To be eligible, you will also need to 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
  • Upper Hunter Region, New South Wales.
  • Access the application form here
  • Reach out to applications@regionalfutureofwork.com for further information if needed
  • Complete the short online application
  • If shortlisted, provide evidence of your enrolment and place of residence
  • Receive an offer
Please note that 2022 applications will be processed starting from 17 January 2022.

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.

Advanced Apprenticeship Program frequently asked questions

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 involve a commitment from an employer to take on an employee, and to induct, train and supervise apprentices (as employers would with any employee relationship).

In addition to training on the job, each apprentice must undertake institutional (off-the-job) learning through a university or non university higher education provider. This may be at the providers campus, online, or at your workplace.

The first advanced apprenticeship cohort is planned to commence in 2022. More information on key dates will become available in due course.

The Future of Work Program continues until the end of 2025, and different course offerings will be included in the advanced apprenticeship program throughout this time period. So, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to participate in the program and in your particular industry or field of study.

Courses are still being designed and course information should become available within the coming months.

Industry growth areas have been identified through a regional skills needs analysis. These areas will form the course offerings for the program. These growth areas include Health, Engineering, Early Childhood Care & Education, and Business and IT.

As part of this, the program is being co-designed with industry and higher education providers to align with specific employer needs, and focus on upskilling current and future workforces.

The program is focused on supporting communities, workforce development and local businesses within 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.

Eligible businesses or employers must have a geographical connection to, or service, one of the above regional areas.

Applications are not yet open. Express your interest to receive more information on the course offerings as they are developed.

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.