The best fee-free ways to skill up at home in marketing, leadership, business skills, finance and more

According to Education NSW, An extra 60 short courses are now on offer to study for free including business skills, mental health, marketing, finance and IT skillsets.

Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said the courses were an expansion of the 10 free skillsets recently announced by TAFE NSW.

“We know there is great demand for training at the moment, which is why we have added additional free courses and more training places so people can come out of lockdown with skills they can take with them into the workplace,” Mr Lee said.

“The free courses are available to anyone across the State who is unable to work due to public health orders.

“We have specifically targeted those LGAs and suburbs in lockdown and are working with local communities and industry to understand what skills are in demand and where shortages exist.

“There has never been a more crucial time to upskill or reskill through the pandemic and the NSW Government is here to support the people of NSW every step of the way.

“This isn’t just about upskilling though. In these difficult times, the opportunities provided by these courses can have a hugely beneficial impact on the well- being of participants.”

Training will be funded through the JobTrainer program, which has already seen more than 120,000 people in NSW skill up since it was announced in October last year.

The entire list of courses on offer is available here.

Am I eligible?

If you’re unable to work due to public health orders or on JobSaver, and therefore at risk of unemployment, then you are eligible.

Course start dates?

Check with the providers listed. There are over 25 providers with many flexible delivery methods to suit your needs.

What do I need?

A personal computer or tablet, stable wifi connection, the ability to stream video, or have zoom downloaded and installed.

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