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Short Course Program 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 2021. Please note that as the program is ongoing and we expect to add dates for advanced apprenticeship applications to the following list:

Round 4 (for Undergraduate Certificates and Graduate Certificates commencing in 2021 only)
Applications open: 2 August 2021
Applications close: 28 November 2021

Applicants will be notified of their application outcome approximately 5 weeks after application. Following receipt of your application, you will be provided email notification of the expected date your outcome will be communicated to you.

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 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
  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 enrolment 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.

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.

Course information should be available around December 2021.

The Program will continue for 4 years (up to end of 2025), and different course offerings will be included in the 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 be available around December 2021.

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 Engineering, Health, Early Childhood Care & Education, and IT.

As part of this, the program is being co-designed with industry and universities, and other 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
  • Hunter Region, New South Wales

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

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.