Bushfire Skills Broker Program

Bushfire Skills Broker Program

The Bushfire Skills Broker Program provides support, assistance and advice to Gippsland residents affected by the 2009 bushfires. Throughout 2011, we will work with individuals, organisations and industry to meet training needs and skills requirements. This assistance covers training from any local Registered Training Organisation, and accredited or non-accredited training.

The program provides residents with access to a free advisory service and funding support in an effort to improve employment and study opportunities within affected communities. Assistance is also provided to facilitate training and up-skilling within communities and organisations to address existing needs. Grants of up to approximately $500 per person may be provided to help individuals meet those costs associated with further study. Such costs may include enrolment fees, educational materials, child care and transport. We can also provide free training courses to come to your community, or your workplace at no cost to the participants.

Support for Individuals

The Bushfire Skills Broker can provide:

  • Assistance to those unable to access funds or assistance through other funding avenues.
  • Funding to meet costs associated with study, such as childcare, educational materials, transport costs etc.
  • FREE Financial and advisory support to individuals wishing to gain access to training and/or skills development, to change careers or use prior experience or learning (RPL) to gain a qualification.
  • Advice and career guidance and support to those who require it.

Support for Community

The Bushfire Skills Broker can assist:

  • Community groups and/or organisations that have identified a training need within the group or community
  • Communities who have identified the need to develop new skills or knowledge in a specific area in order to strengthen the community
  • Community groups and/or organisations who wish to up-skill, re-train or upgrade prior qualifications for the members within their group
  • Individuals within a bushfire affected community who wish to drive further training and skills development within their community
  • Bushfire affected communities who wish to ‘host’ a series of workshops/training programs to boost exposure to their town, tourism and the local economy.

Support for Industry

The Bushfire Skills Broker can assist:

The Bushfire Skills Broker Program also works with organisations and industries within bushfire affected areas to meet existing training needs and foster future growth.

The program can help local industry and organisations to up-skill their workforce and fast-track qualifications by providing Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for previous employment and on the job experience.

This service is also committed to providing FREE advice and guidance to industries and their workforce regarding training and skills development.

Support is also offered to those organisations and industries looking to develop a strategic alliance and/or partnership with the Bushfire Skills Broker Program and GippsTAFE to strengthen relationships and the outcomes for the community.

We are holding the following FREE training sessions in March in your area, please contact Ami on the details below to book a place.

  • Food Hygiene/Food Handlers course – Mirboo North Golf Club – (parts I and II) 7th and the 9th of March (6-10pm)
  • Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) – Gormandale Football Club – 15th of March (6-10pm)
  • Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) – Boolarra Football Club – 16th of March (6-10pm)
  • Food Hygiene/Food Handlers course – Gormandale Football Club – (parts I and II) 21st and the 23rd of March (6-10pm)
  • Food Hygiene/Food Handlers course – Boolarra Football Club – (parts I and II) 28th and 30th of March (6-10pm)

More dates for Churchill, Hazelwood and Callignee will be available for April.

Further information and bookings

Please contact:  Ami Summers Phone: (03) 5120 4576
Mobile: 0488 233 226
Fax: 1300 094 661
Email: amis@gippstafe.edu.au