Training fund assistance for ITSM Hub candidates – Access up to $2,200 to fund education and training
Specifically designed for older workers aged 45-70, VERTO’s Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers (Skill Checkpoint) program provides eligible Australians with assessment, advice, and guidance on transitioning into new roles within their current industry or pathways to a new career, including referral to relevant education and training options to get you there.
VERTO and ITSM Hub can work with you to build a career plan, find the right training options, and then work with you to reach your employment goals.
Even better, if you are eligible you can access up to $2,200 (GST inclusive) to fund your education and training.
To be eligible, you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident aged 45 to 70 years old, who is either:
VERTO can contribute half of the training costs up to the value $2,200 including GST, per eligible person for ITSM Hub courses and certifications.
Skills Checkpoint can be offered by VERTO is funded by the Federal Government. Skills Checkpoint must be accessed prior to commencing training as we cannot reimburse any payments made prior to being registered for Skills Checkpoint.
If you meet the criteria above, ITSM Hub will set you up with VERTO and there are two online assessments that are required before a registration meeting can be arranged. One is a general aptitude test and the other relates to the work you are completing. This should take no more than 45mins to complete.
Once the pretesting is completed, VERTO can arrange a registration meeting to complete the relevant documents, list suitable training and secure the funding. These meetings usually take around an hour.
VERTO will then register you for your training program with ITSM Hub.
Information for participants
The Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program (Skills Checkpoint) and Skills and Training Incentive (the Incentive) are initiatives to help older Australians through career advice and guidance and investment in training to adopt a life-long approach to skills development to stay employed longer.
To participate in the Skills Checkpoint, you must be:
To access the Incentive, you must first complete a Skills Checkpoint assessment that identifies training linked to your current job (e.g. upgrading skills), a future job opportunity, or an industry, occupation or skill in demand.
The Skills Checkpoint offers tailored skills assessment, advice on transitioning into new roles, upskilling in your current role or industry, pathways to a new career, and referral to relevant education or training.
You will meet with your Skills Checkpoint provider so they can get to know you and understand your needs. You will then undertake an individually tailored skills assessment. Your Skills Checkpoint provider will use this information to develop a Career Plan to identify:
Your Skills Checkpoint provider will talk with you about your Career Plan and where relevant, will suggest potential new industries or roles where there may be job opportunities, and make recommendations and referrals to relevant training.
If your Career Plan identifies that you would benefit from further training, you will be eligible to access the Incentive. The Incentive provides up to $2,200 (GST inclusive) to fund either accredited or nonaccredited training.
You or your employer must match the government contribution.
Read examples of how the incentive works at
The Incentive is a joint investment with the government to encourage individuals to undertake life-long development and stay competitive in the jobs market.
No. You do not need to ask your employer to undertake either the Skills Checkpoint or access the Incentive. You may want to discuss your Career Plan with your employer to identify future opportunities and see if they will match the co-contribution for the Incentive to help with the cost of training. Your Skills Checkpoint provider may be able to help with these conversations.
Many employers are already investing in their ongoing workforce development. They understand that over time skill requirements change and to retain and develop their staff, they may need to invest in training and reskilling. The Incentive provides an opportunity for employers to reduce the costs of updating the skills of their older workers and ensure their business is better able to adapt to change.
Talk to a Skills Checkpoint provider, if you would like to access these initiatives.
Information for employers
The Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program (Skills Checkpoint) and the Skills and Training Incentive (the Incentive) is an opportunity for employers to assist their older workers to update their skills so both businesses and workers will be better prepared to adapt to change.
The Skills Checkpoint and Incentive are government initiatives to support older workers to improve their skills so they can adapt to changes in industries and occupations and stay in the workforce longer.
These initiatives will help employees to build skills and plan the next stage of their job or career. It helps both individuals and businesses to better prepare and adapt to changes in the economy.
The Skills Checkpoint assesses older workers skill level and provides advice on how they can upgrade their skills for their current job or identify skills they may need for future jobs.
In industries and occupations in decline or going through fundamental changes, the Skills Checkpoint provides advice to workers who are facing redundancy on how to use their existing skills to gain new jobs or help them identify the skills and training needed to change careers.
The Incentive provides up to $2,200 (GST inclusive) to fund training opportunities linked to an individual’s current job (e.g. upgrading skills), a future job opportunity, or an industry, occupation or skill in demand. Training can be either accredited or nonaccredited as long as it has been identified in an individual’s Skills Checkpoint assessment.
Either the individual or you as their employer must match the government contribution.
Businesses and the skills they require change over time. To recognise this, the government is seeking to co-invest with employers in their ongoing workforce development.
The Incentive provides an opportunity for employers to update the skills of their older workers, increasing their productivity.
To retain and develop staff, businesses need to invest in training and reskilling. The Incentive provides an opportunity for employers to reduce the costs of updating the skills of their older workers and ensure their business is better able to adapt to change.
The Incentive is paid to the training organisation. The contribution, whether from the employer or the individual, must be paid to the Skills Checkpoint provider. The Skills Checkpoint provider then adds this to the government’s contribution and makes a single payment to the nominated training organisation.
Yes. Employers can deliver the training where the Skills Checkpoint provider has determined it is suitable to the assessed needs of the individual. The Skills Checkpoint provider must seek approval from the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business if the employer is not a recognised training organisation.
Where the individual’s employer is delivering the training, they must also make the co-contribution payment.
Skills Checkpoint providers will deliver the assessments and develop a Career Plan to identify:
Where relevant, the Career Plan may also provide advice on potential new industries or roles where there may be job opportunities, possible options for the future, including referrals to relevant education or training courses.
To access the Skills Checkpoint, individuals must be:
To access the Incentive, an individual must first complete a Skills Checkpoint assessment that identifies training linked to their career plan.
Talk to a Skills Checkpoint provider, if you would like to access these initiatives for your workers.
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