JMR WITH SKILLS MINISTER CASH

Australians will have access to more high-quality career advice, thanks to funding from the Morrison Government through the National Careers Institute.

Thirteen projects including Federation University Australia Ballarat will share in $5.2 million as part of round one of the National Careers Institute’s Partnership Grants program.

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said it will ensure Australians have a better chance of securing work.

“We want to make sure Australians get the best possible advice to find the job of their dreams,” Minister Cash said.

“This funding will be used to foster exciting and innovative programs and will help with the Australian Government’s skills-led economic recovery. A large volume of applications for the program were received, demonstrating an extraordinary level of enthusiasm from educators, community organisations and businesses in improving the careers of all Australians.”

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said the projects will support organisations to work together to improve career outcomes for individuals at all stages of their careers.

“Projects will use virtual reality technology to provide simulated work environments, provide additional careers support and improve the visibility of available careers in everyday industries,” Senator Henderson said.

“Projects will also promote STEM as a career to children, improve assessment tools for educators, and provide extra support for students in areas of high unemployment and for students with disability.”

The successful applicants are:

• Co-Operative for Aborigines Limited
• Work Window Australia Pty Ltd
• Graduate Careers Australia Limited
• Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Queensland
• TAFE Queensland
• National Association of Australian Apprenticeships Centres Inc.
• University of Melbourne
• Community Services Directorate
• The University of Adelaide
• Curtin University
• The Smith Family
• Skillset Limited
• Federation University Australia
Applications for round two are expected to open in mid-2021.
For more details of the NCI’s Partnership Grants program, visit www.nci.dese.gov.au

Editor’s note

Please see below details of grant to Federation University Ballarat

Project Title: Careers in everyday industries: Potential benefits of increased visibility
Grant amount: $151,679.00
Project Description: This research project will examine career paths in retail, hospitality, and allied industries, and attitudes towards them. These industries employ 20% of the workforce, operating throughout Australia, yet the industries suffer from low prestige, affecting their choice as careers and the future prospects of workers in the industries. The project will examine and make visible the careers that are available, the reasons for the low image of these industries, and will research awareness about careers in the industries among young people, adults, and those who advise them. It will improve the visibility of available careers and thereby help those looking for work, assist careers influencers, and bring associated societal and economic benefits.