ACT Election Announcements

Labor’s plan to support young Canberrans into good jobs

September 26, 2020

A re-elected ACT Labor Government will provide new pathways for young Canberrans to secure a job and rollout free online courses for Canberrans to upskill during Canberra’s COVID-19 economic recovery.

ACT Labor would pilot an innovative ‘Headstart’ program for year 12 students from public schools looking to complete an apprenticeship.ACT Labor will help Year 12 students become apprentices.

The program will allow young Canberrans to take an extra year to complete college so they can start early training for a recognised qualification or trade.  

We know that young people have been one of the most adversely impacted groups by the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s crucial that a future ACT Government has the right plan to help young Canberrans get good, long-term jobs for the future.  

Our city is facing a huge economic challenge and creating jobs is our number one priority. 

We have a comprehensive plan to grow our employment base to more than 250,000 local jobs by 2025.

Under Labor, the Headstart pilot will commence in 2022 with 50 young Canberrans participating from a range of public schools across Canberra. 

The pilot is expected to cost approximately $2.3 million.

All students and employers will have one-on-one support to complete their qualifications and gain their senior secondary school certificate.  

In addition to our Headstart program, a re-elected ACT Labor Government will invest an additional $1.5 million in CIT over the next four years to deliver online courses.

These online courses will provide Canberrans with a Statement of Attainment of 2-3 units of competency that demonstrate skill to a potential employer, or can contribute to a full qualification.

The first online courses will be in healthcare, business, IT and design.

These skillsets are in demand and all have the potential to benefit a broad range of industries and jobs.

ACT Labor believes in the value of tertiary education.

In Government, we invested $8.4 million this year to deliver 1,300 free training places through CIT, and we will build a new state-of-the-art CIT campus in Woden.

The pandemic isn’t over, and there is more work to do.

But ACT Labor has the right plan to invest in Canberrans and lead our city through the pandemic