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Scott Morrison announces the new $ 2.5 billion JobTrainer program

Thousands of Australians can take new courses to help them find jobs under Scott Morrison’s $ 2.5 billion JobTrainer plan, which he announces on Thursday.

Dozens of new short courses at TAFE and other registered training organizations will be available from September, as approximately one million Aussies seek employment during an economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The free or low-cost courses will prepare workers for jobs in growing sectors, including healthcare, social care, transportation, postal services and storage, manufacturing, and retail.

The scheme also includes a comprehensive student wage subsidy, which covers half the wages of eligible students through March 2021 with up to $ 530 per week.

Thousands of Australians can take new courses to help them find jobs under the ScottTraison $ 1 billion JobTrainer plan. Pictured: a retailer in a shopping center in Sydney

Thousands of Australians can take new courses to help them find jobs under the ScottTraison $ 1 billion JobTrainer plan. Pictured: a retailer in a shopping center in Sydney

The federal government will hand over $ 1.5 billion – in addition to the $ 1.3 billion already pumped into the scheme – to pay 50 percent of the students’ wages.

The program is currently helping 47,000 small business employers keep 81,000 students and trainees working and in training.

The policy will now extend to medium-sized companies with fewer than 200 employees, which means that the scheme will help approximately 90,000 companies with approximately 180,000 learners.

The program is also extended by six months to cover wages until March 2021.

It is estimated that 340,000 Australians, including 250,000 teenagers leaving school this year, will take the free and low-cost TAFE courses.

The federal government is contributing $ 500 million to the plan, and the states and territories together will tip $ 500 million.

The courses, which will be free or low-cost, will prepare workers for jobs in growing sectors, including healthcare, social care, transportation, postal services (photo) and storage, manufacturing and retail

The courses, which will be free or low-cost, will prepare workers for jobs in growing sectors, including healthcare, social care, transportation, postal services (photo) and storage, manufacturing and retail

The courses, which will be free or low-cost, will prepare workers for jobs in growing sectors, including healthcare, social care, transportation, postal services (photo) and storage, manufacturing and retail

The jobs required likely included pandemic nursing. Pictured: A health worker doing Covid-19 testing in Casula, Sydney

The jobs required likely included pandemic nursing. Pictured: A health worker doing Covid-19 testing in Casula, Sydney

The jobs required likely included pandemic nursing. Pictured: A health worker doing Covid-19 testing in Casula, Sydney

Mr. Morrison discussed the plan with state and territory leaders at the National Cabinet meeting on Friday, and talks are ongoing to work out a full list of courses and their fees.

The new National Skills Commission will provide a list of skills that are in high demand to help the unemployed choose a course that will lead to a job.

“JobTrainer will ensure that more Australians are given the opportunity to do additional training or further education to fill the jobs on the other side of this crisis,” said the Prime Minister.

“COVID-19 is unprecedented, but I want Australians to be ready for the types of jobs that come when we rebuild and recover.

“The jobs and skills we need to get out of the crisis are unlikely to be the same as the jobs lost.”

Mr Morrison will also announce a massive extension of the wage subsidy scheme for apprentices since March.

After the pandemic, transport workers are also likely to be in demand. In the photo: a Sydney trains a worker

After the pandemic, transport workers are also likely to be in demand. In the photo: a Sydney trains a worker

After the pandemic, transport workers are also likely to be in demand. In the photo: a Sydney trains a worker

Melbourne's new shutdown will damage the economic recovery. In the photo: police in the city

Melbourne's new shutdown will damage the economic recovery. In the photo: police in the city

Melbourne’s new shutdown will damage the economic recovery. In the photo: police in the city

The June unemployment figures will be released on Thursday at 11:30 AM and are expected to paint a bleak picture of the Australian economy.

In May, the number of officially unemployed Australians rose to 927,600 – the highest since December 1993 – when the unemployment rate rose to a 19-year high of 7.1 percent.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the effective unemployment rate, after taking into account zero hours and those who stopped working, was about 13.3 percent.

Mr. Frydenberg will outline the next phase of coronavirus support measures in an economic update on July 23, including the fate of the JobKeeper wage subsidy and the improved JobSeeker benefit that will expire by law in September.

He acknowledged that returning to Melbourne closures would be “hard on businesses and households.”

“Our announcements on the 23rd take into account Victorian circumstances and that Victorians, like those in the other parts of the country who are hurt by COVID, will continue to benefit from government support,” said Frydenberg.

“We opted for a national approach instead of a state-specific approach.”

JobKeeper hotspots by zip code

New South Wales

SYDNEY 2000: 10,290 on JobKeeper

SURRY HILLS, DARLINGHURST 2010: 2,982

GOSFORD 2250: 2693

BONDI 2026: 2.075

Victoria

MELBOURNE 3000: 6,693

Queensland

BRISBANE 4000: 3,048

SURFERS PARADISE 4217: 2.947

SOUTHPORT 4215: 2,439

Source: Treasury data on JobKeeper applications

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