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Free Netflix-style training for business, employees, jobseekers

Posted: 11am 09 Jun 2020

The State Government is partnering with an online training company to provide world-first ‘Netflix-style’ free online training for small businesses and employees affected by COVID-19.

Employment, Small Business and Training Minister Shannon Fentiman says Logan-based company GO1 has delivered their ‘Netflix for training-style platform’ to more than one million customers worldwide since starting in 2009.

“GO1 are well-known for providing a platform for major firms and companies across the world to access training lessons pivotal to businesses. In a first for the company, this training library will be made available to Queensland small businesses and their employees,” Ms Fentiman explains.

What’s on offer

From June 8, more than 400 free training courses can be accessed through two portals.

“The Queensland Small Business Skills Hub provides access for small businesses and their employees to around 400 online courses in topic areas such as Leading a Successful Business, Digital Skills and Foundation Business Skills,” Ms Fentiman says.

“The second GO1 portal, Skills Focus Queensland, will provide access for Queenslanders whose jobs were impacted by COVID-19 with approximately 400 courses across topic areas such as CV writing and interview preparation, sales, finance and IT.”

The Queensland Small Business Skills Hub will have courses across four topic areas:

  • Foundation Business Skills
  • Leading a Successful Business
  • Connecting Businesses and Customers
  • Digital Skills and Adapting to Change

Small business owners and operators will also be able to create their own training programs for their employees.

The Skills Focus Queensland portal will have courses across seven topic areas:

  • Job Finder and Skills Booster, such as CV writing and interview preparation
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Sales and Customer Service
  • Hospitality
  • Programming and IT

Access to the GO1 online library is part of the State Government’s $500 million Workers Assistance Package under the government’s Economic Recovery Strategy, Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs, to support employment and future economic growth.

How this will help

GO1 co-founder Vu Tran says the courses aim to offer lifelong training to workers as they move towards a post-pandemic world.

“This is an opportune time for Queenslanders to take stock of the path forward. Some may seek to upgrade their skills, while others could look at laying the foundation for a whole new career. The free courses will contribute greatly to helping them decide on the next steps,” Tran explains.

GO1 has already offered free courses to hundreds of thousands of workers in the private and public sector in the wake of COVID-19. In Australia, GO1 has created free training hubs for workers stood down at Qantas and Virgin Australia. In Singapore, more than 70,000 workers signed up in the first three weeks when GO1 partnered with NTUC LearningHub to offer free courses.

“We want to level the playing field for Queenslanders with our free courses and complement the efforts of TAFE Queensland and other great local providers in offering free support during these trying times,” Tran says.

“As we look to the months ahead, we want Queenslanders to be well-equipped to tackle any economic headwinds that may lie ahead.”

Opportunities for other partnerships

The Minister says the government will expand available training courses by partnering with other service providers.

“As we recover, we will need to make sure Queenslanders have those skills needed for the jobs now and into the future,” she says.

“We are open to innovative ideas for further targeted online training and will be calling for expressions of interest from Queensland training service providers in mid-June.”

Check the courses out

Small businesses can access the Queensland Small Business Skills Hub GO1 training library via the Business Queensland website.

Individuals impacted by COVID-19 can connect to the Skills Focus Queensland training portal through the Jobs Finder portal.

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