Skilled Capital

The Skilled Capital initiative provides $21 million over three years to improve access to high quality training in areas of skills need and maximise improved employment outcomes for students. The initiative also provides a comprehensive range of support services to ensure students accessing training receive the help they need to successfully complete their chosen qualification.

Skilled Capital Qualifications

Skilled Capital qualifications are a subset of qualifications from the ACT Skills Needs List and include a selection of certificate II qualifications. The number of training places available under Skilled Capital is capped for each qualification. Qualification caps may be adjusted throughout the initiative based on enrolment uptake, changing skills needs and budgetary constraints. The qualifications offered by each Skilled Capital approved RTO including the RTO's student tuition fees and website are available on the Skilled Capital website.

Skilled Capital Qualification List - August 2017

The qualifications included in the August 2017 Skilled Capital release will be available for enrolment from 9:30am 2 August 2017.

Qualifications included in this release and the original release will remain open until 22 December 2017 or until qualification caps are reached.

Skilled Capital August 2017 Qualification List MS Excel File (14KB)
Skilled Capital August 2017 Qualification List PDF File (353KB)

Skilled Capital Qualifications Available for Eligible ACT School Students

Twenty-nine Skilled Capital qualifications released in 2017 are now available for eligible ACT school students. Please refer to the ACT Standards Compliance Guide for Skilled Capital  for School Student Eligibility requirements.

Skilled Capital Qualifications Available for School Students MS Excel File (351KB)
Skilled Capital Qualifications Available for School Students PDF File 63KB)

Skilled Capital Skill Set List - August 2017

The Skill Sets included in the August 2017 Skilled Capital release will be available for enrolment from 9:30am 2 August 2017.

The Skill Sets in this release will remain open until 22 December 2017 or until Skill Set caps are reached.

Skilled Capital August 2017 Skill Set List MS Excel File (13KB)
Skilled Capital August 2017 Skill Set List PDF File (70KB)

Program Differences for Skill Sets Compared to Full Qualifications in Skilled Capital

Element Program differences
Loadings Lowered amount to $150 per loading
Additional Support No Changes
Foundation Skills No Changes
Concessions No Changes
Fee Waiver No Changes
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) No Changes
Credit Transfer No Changes
Student Completion Bonus $100 per eligible completion
Initial Payment No Changes

Skilled Capital Qualification List - February 2017

The qualifications included in the February 2017 Skilled Capital release will be available for enrolment on 9:00am 15 February 2017.

Qualifications included in this release will remain open until the end of 2017 or until qualification caps are reached.

Skilled Capital February 2017 Qualification List MS Excel File (353.5KB)
Skilled Capital February 2017 Qualification List PDF File (447KB)

Skilled Capital Qualification List and Foundation Skills List

Skilled Capital 12 Month Review

The Skilled Capital 12 month evaluation was conducted to review the ACT’s flagship entitlement program’s first year of operation.  While the program is still in its pilot stage, valuable data obtained over its three releases of training places, both from Skills Canberra’s own records and from extensive stakeholder consultation, has enabled a thorough assessment of its key elements and attributes.  The evaluation document describes Skilled Capital’s background; its review’s purpose, key questions of focus and methodology; and the evaluation’s findings, drawing conclusions about possible avenues for change to the program’s design.  The elements evaluated are student eligibility criteria, budget protection mechanisms, tuition fees, access and equity, increasing contestable training funding, improving access to skills needs areas and student completion outcomes.  Importantly, the document also addresses Skilled Capital’s contribution to the ACT’s National Partnership training targets.

Skilled Capital Research Papers

The Skilled Capital initiative is underpinned by a comprehensive evidence base to ensure the initiative is appropriately targeted to support high quality training in areas of highest skills need. Extensive research was undertaken, reflecting on the experiences of other state and territory governments as well as the extensive range of literature that supports best practice principles within the training sector.

The evidence base has been captured in eight Research Papers which consider key elements of the design of the Skilled Capital initiative and demonstrate the ACT Government’s continued focus on evidence-based policy design. The Research Papers complement the extensive research undertaken to identify skills needs within the ACT through the development of the Forecasting Industry Needs and Entitlement (FINE) tool and the production of the ACT Skills Needs List.


Skilled Capital Research Papers