Funding available to deliver microcredentials

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Applications are open for funding to deliver microcredentials under Round 2 of the Microcredentials Pilot in Higher Education.

Table A, Table B and non-university higher education providers approved under section 16-25 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 are encouraged to apply.

Microcredentials are shorter forms of learning in specific areas of study, with a focus on upskilling and reskilling to meet the needs of employers.

Microcredentials give students an opportunity to be more selective and targeted about acquiring new skills to increase their employability. They can also provide flexibility to students already in the workforce and those managing caring and family responsibilities who may not be able to commit to a full qualification.

The Microcredentials Pilot in Higher Education is designed to increase vital skills by investing in education to boost the economy. It has the potential to encourage more opportunities for university and industry to work together on targeted skill development to meet industry needs.

The Australian Government has provided $18.5 million for the pilot. The new microcredential courses will be delivered to up to 1,500 students from 2023 to 2024 and up to another 2,500 students in 2025 to 2026. Students enrolled in microcredential courses funded under the pilot will be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance.

Funding for Round 1 of the pilot was awarded to 18 higher education providers to design and teach 28 new microcredential courses in priority fields of education, health, IT, engineering and sciences.

Applications for Round 2 close on 1 March 2024. To apply, visit Microcredentials Pilot in Higher Education.

Correct at time of publication.