VETASSESS and its online learning arm, eWorks, are retraining people who have become unemployed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, as part of the Victorian Government’s Working for Victoria initiative to help workers find new jobs.
eWorks will provide online courses to enable displaced workers to immediately reskill for jobs in key sectors that are seeing a surge in demand to cope with the effects of the COVID-19 virus.
April 2020 - The program is part of the Government’s Working for Victoria program , a $500 million initiative that will also link job seekers with industries that need staff now. Thousands of jobs are forecast to be available across the private sector, government and not-for-profit groups.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says: ““This is just the beginning – over the coming weeks thousands of Victorians will be matched with employers that need staff and given the support they need to skill up and start work.”
The training is free to participants and comprises short, focused courses. To register go here.The first courses will be for jobs in:
- Cleaning – teaching the requirements for cleaning premises and equipment
- Food preparation – providing skills for using hygienic practices for food safety
Training will become available in other areas soon and may cover first aid, transport and logistics, customer service, health-related areas or business support.
eWorks has designed digital badges on completion, that an employer can quickly verify, and which job seekers can post on their resumes and Sidekicker profile (the staffing platform partnered with the Victorian Government’s initiative).
Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney Says: “Giving Victorians new skills will be vital in getting through this crisis – that’s why we’re offering these free online courses through Working for Victoria.”
VETASSESS Executive Director Rob Thomason says eWorks, a specialist in online learning, designed the coursework, digital badging and certificates within a few days.
“An eLearning response enables the Government to be agile and innovative by offering microcredentials, or education in ‘bite-sized’ chunks, to meet an immediate need for trained staff.”
“It’s easy to register online and once people have passed the assessment, they will gain a digital badge as well as a traditional certificate of completion that shows they are ready to work,” he said.
To learn more about the initiative, visit the Working for Victoria website.
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The Victorian Government founded eWorks in 1998 to develop online courses for the Victorian TAFE sector. Over 20 years eWorks has successfully evolved into an eLearning development and consultancy specialist, offering a range of products and services to help maximise the benefits of online education. It provides services to TAFE institutes as well as private Registered Training Organisations and the corporate sector.
VETASSESS is part of Bendigo Kangan Institute and provides quality assessment outcomes and educational consulting. It was founded in 1997 and is a global business operating across 12 countries and a trusted partner for Australian governments, industries and individuals.