Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers – Information for Students

Funding for 2021

We have received advice that additional funding is available for the Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers (SCOW) Funding program, from 4 January, 2021.

If you are between 45-70, you may be eligible for the federal government’s Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers program which will match any fees you pay, dollar for dollar up to $2200.

This program is administered by either Busy At Work or VERTO, depending on where you live.

Step 1. Check your eligibility

Step 2.  Contact a Skills Checkpoint provider (not Fortress Learning) who will help with the application process

Step 3.  Once approved, enrol with Fortress Learning

Step 1.  Check your eligibility

Eligible individuals are those who are:

  • aged 45 to 70
  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • employed and at risk of entering the income support system, or
  • recently unemployed (within nine months) and
  • not registered for assistance through an Australian Government employment services program (e.g. jobactive, Disability Employment Service, Community Development Programme).

Step 2.  Contact a provider

The Skills Checkpoint provider you use will depend on where you live.

If you live in Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania or Western Australia:

Please call 13 BUSY (13 28 79)
BUSY Skills Checkpoint Program

If you live in ACT, New South Wales or Victoria:

Please call 1300 4 VERTO (1300 483 786)

VERTO Skills Checkpoint Program

Note: The funding is capped each year, and experience tells us that there will not be places available all year.  If you are thinking of accessing this funding, we would encourage you to act quickly.

Step 3. Enrol

When you are ready to enrol, come back and join us


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