23 June 2020

The Federal Government has announced a new way for prospective students to find the short courses they need to reskill, upskill and transition into employment, as part of its higher education reform package.

ATN welcomes this new marketplace as an opportunity to showcase the 31 new short courses it has created in response to Minister Tehan’s Easter Sunday announcement. ATN has long supported micro-credentials and the recent popularity of these short courses in areas requiring urgent skills is testament to their worth.

A skilled workforce that can adapt through short, targeted courses is beneficial to workers and the economy. With much uncertainty around job security, these new shorter offerings give Australians the opportunity to reskill, upskill or start a new chapter in their professional lives.

ATN Executive Director Luke Sheehy said the announcement is a positive step and gives people information on options they may not have had before.

“Australians need educational pathways that are flexible and modular. Micro-credentials open the sector up to those who may be time poor but want to expand their skills.”

“Short courses and micro-credentials help meet the reskilling and upskilling needs of Australians, especially as businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Short courses and micro-credentials complement existing traditional qualifications and ensure universities continue delivering the job-ready workers we need for the future.