Skilled Capital Program

All Skilled Capital funding will be provided through JobTrainer in 2021-22 and 2022-23 to ensure our investment in skills is focused on key industries where there is a need for skilled workers, while also supporting young people and jobseekers to get into the workforce.

Employers and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) are encouraged to access fully subsidised training through JobTrainer.

Is there going to be another Skilled Capital release?

All Skilled Capital places will be provided through the JobTrainer program in 2021-22 and 2022-23. This will ensure ACT Government VET investment is focused where it is needed most to support Canberra’ economic recovery. This includes a strong focus on young people looking to enter the workforce, jobseekers who have lost work during COVID-19 and key industries experiencing local skills shortages.

What will be the focus areas of Skilled Capital through JobTrainer?

The first JobTrainer release will include qualifications in early childhood education and care, aged care, disability care and digital skills. These places will be fully subsidised for all learners, regardless of their age and employment status.

Future JobTrainer places will be across a broader range of qualifications, but only those learners aged 17 to 24 and jobseekers will be eligible. More information can be found on hte JobTrainer.

Are there places left from the May 2021 Skilled Capital release?

Some places from the May 2021 Skilled Capital release are still available. These places will remain open until 31 December 2021.

May 2021 Qualification and Skill Sets List

The Skilled Capital Qualification and Skill Sets List – May 2021 (XLSX 3.48KB) or (PDF 213KB) has been released.

This list incorporates feedback from industry through direct engagement with key stakeholders.

The list also includes places fully funded by the National Infection Control Training Fund for the delivery of fee-free accredited infection control and food handling training to customer-facing workers that will expire on 30 June 2021.

Update: The Electrotechnology Training Package (UEE) units of competency are now ready for nomination and enrolments.

The key dates for this release are:

  • Nominations for May 2020 qualifications and skill sets from 7 May 2021.
  • Guaranteed enrolment period from 9:30am 24 May to 4:00pm 26 May 2021.

Please note: Skilled Capital training products may be added or removed, and caps adjusted, at any time after the guaranteed enrolment period.

Enquiries can be emailed to Skills Canberra.


National Infection Control Training Fund

The National Infection Control Training Fund is a joint initiative by the Commonwealth and states/territories to support the accelerated uptake of infection control training in response to the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. The Fund is administered through the Project Agreement for the National Infection Control Training Fund, which commenced in May 2020 and will expire on 31 July 2021.

Fully funded training places are available for customer-facing workers, with funding prioritised for those working in the retail, tourism, transport and logistics, hospitality, cleaning, security service, aged and disability sectors.

Examples include, but are not limited to, retail assistants, bar attendants, waiters, restaurant crew members, customer assistants, travel consultants, salon assistants, beauty therapists, hairdressers/barbers, sales assistants, customer service officers, gym and fitness instructors, security officers, food court cleaners, furniture removalists, care and support workers.

Up to 3,800 fee-free training places in infection control and food handling Skill Sets were released on 5 June 2020. RTOs must comply with the new ACT Standards Compliance Guide for Skilled Capital - Infection Control Training (DOCX 1.42MB) or (PDF 1.22MB) when delivering this training.

Non customer-facing workers may access other infection control training options, which can be found on the Infection control training and resources page on the ACT Government COVID-19 website.

Information for students and employers is available on the Infection control training page.

All enquiries can be emailed to Skills Canberra.

About Skilled Capital

Skilled Capital is an ACT Government funded training initiative offering a comprehensive range of services and subsidies to provide Canberrans the support they need to complete the training that is right for them.

Skilled Capital offers an opportunity for the Canberra community to access quality training and fill critical skills needs areas across a range of industries such as community services, information technology, health and construction.

Courses available through Skilled Capital range from certificate III to advanced diploma qualifications. Skills sets which are shorter training courses comprising 1 or more units of competency linked to a licensing requirement or an industry need, are also offered under Skilled Capital.

The qualifications and courses offered under Skilled Capital are informed by the ACT Skills Needs List. This list enables the ACT Government to better target funding for training that is most likely to lead to improved employment outcomes for Canberrans.


To be eligible for Skilled Capital, you must, at the time of enrolment, be:

  • an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or New Zealand passport holder resident for more than 6 months, or
  • an eligible visa holder, and
  • living or working in the ACT, and
  • at least 15 years of age, and
  • not enrolled in or attending secondary school or college except where the student:
    • is undertaking a course of study leading to completion of year 12 in an alternative program, or
    • has an Exemption Certificate and the selected Skilled Capital qualification is an approved Australian School-based Apprenticeship pathway.

In addition to the above, to be eligible for a certificate II level Skilled Capital qualification, your training provider must have evidence to demonstrate that a certificate II qualification is a justifiable learning pathway for you.

Previous education and training will not impact your eligibility for Certificate III qualifications and above. However, you cannot be funded for a qualification you have completed within the last 7 years.

If you are not eligible for Skilled Capital or are seeking a different training pathway refer to the Australian Apprenticeships page.

Previous Skilled Capital release

The previous Skilled Capital release occurred in May 2020.