Why you should use COVID-19 downtime as the perfect opportunity to upskill

Why you should use COVID-19 downtime as the perfect opportunity to upskill
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To say the last few months have been a ‘trying time’ would be an understatement. For most people during this time, job security is on the decline, unemployment is hiking and the constant need to remain socially distanced has left many wondering how to not only pass the time but remain competitive in the job market.

Fortunately, the Australian Government has acknowledged the impact of Coronavirus on the economy and the individual as a result the government has released a stimulus boost to the education sector and in essence this has a flow on affect for individuals looking to upskill or retrain. The prevalence of online learning means that there are plenty of courses available to be completed in your own time, from the comfort of your own home.

So why should someone consider upskilling during this time?

  • Future Proofing

Did you know that when we train or work in one job, we build the skills for 13 other roles? Upskilling is a fantastic way to future proof your career. Whilst we don’t have a crystal ball to see how our lives will turn out, one thing we can do is invest the time and effort in developing new skills which in turn can open the door to new employment opportunities.

  • Filling the Gap

If you’ve been in a role for some time now, you may have noticed due to the ever-changing landscape of the world, there may be certain skill sets that could be beneficial to you in your current role. With the fact many of us are confined to our home, now is an opportune time to learn new skills from the comfort and safety of your home.

  • Government subsidies

Currently, the Federal Government’s coronavirus relief package for the higher education sector has ensured that there are heavily discounted six-month online courses. The aim of this relief package is to help assist individuals gain new skills new skill via remote learning while in isolation.

As a result, ACPE is delighted to announce the introduction of two, 6-month Undergraduate Certificates. These unique short course offerings are designed to provide mature students and professionals the opportunity to upskill in relation to their industry.

Undergraduate Certificate in Sports Leadership Development

To show our ongoing support for both individuals and organisations across our sporting community, we are delighted to share with you our Undergraduate Certificate in Sports Leadership Development at the heavily discounted, limited time rate of $400. The Undergraduate Certificate has been developed in response to the needs of the sports industry as a result of COVID-19, the rationale for the 4 specified units is to provide professional upskilling, employment and participation in lifelong learning to those that are either currently working in the business of sport or have lost their employment. This Certificate would therefore allow the enrolling students to demonstrate the learning outcomes expressed as knowledge, skills and the application of knowledge as a means to either attain the necessary skills to take on more responsibilities and/or move into leadership positions or to re-engage in the industry in positions requiring key leadership knowledge and skills.

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Undergraduate Certificate in Fundamentals of Health Promotion

The Undergraduate Certificate in Fundamentals of Health Promotion is designed for mature students and professionals and will develop an understanding of the social, environmental, political and economic determinants of health. Students will learn the core domains of health promotion including how to plan, advocate, and evaluate policies and programs to bring positive changes to the health of communities using a preventative model. This course is designed for professionals working in Fitness, Allied Health, Health Care or Physical Education looking to upskill or retrain.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Fundamentals of Health Promotion is also a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). As a result, the cost of this course to the student is $2,500 which has been heavily discounted by the government’s subsidisation of the course.

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