Free Future Skills training for NT residents

Free technical and future skills training available for NT residents through partnership between RMIT University and the NT Government.

Would you love to update your job skills to be able to work in new ways with businesses? If you are eligible, the Northern Territory Government is providing grants for 100 NT residents to study for free in the 2020 Future Skills – Emerging Technologies program.

RMIT Online, the Centre for Digital Enterprise and the Northern Territory Government have come together to provide flexible and responsive future skills training opportunities for Territorians. These courses are designed to enhance your existing skills and knowledge through skill sets rather than undertaking full qualifications.

A new initiative sponsored by the Northern Territory Government, this program is aimed at addressing the potential impacts that new smart skills and Industry 4.0 are having on the Territory economy.

Territory residents will be able to apply to study intensive online short courses through RMIT Online’s Future Skills short courses with the NT Government funding approved applicants to study for free. These courses run at a range of different times between July – December 2020.

RMIT Online courses have been developed in partnership with leading companies like IBM, Amazon Web Services and Salesforce, with students mentored from experts in the field in areas including digitisation, artificial intelligence, big data, virtual/augmented reality, customer experience (CX) and digital leadership.


Eligible applicants must be Northern Territory residents already working or re-entering the workforce. Applicants must be able to provide proof of their NT residential status via a driver’s licence or passport. Applicants must be 21 or over. Current apprentices, trainees and full-time students are not eligible to apply.

If you think you might be eligible then please read all the information below and then follow through these steps:

1. Visit RMIT Online’s Future Skills short courses page and see if these types of skills are of interest to you. If they are, then collect the name of the short course(s) that interests you AND pick a starting date of preference. You must then return to this page and follow the procedure belowPlease do not apply on the RMIT Online Future Skills page.

2. With your course of preference chosen you can then submit your application via the Apply here button below. If you are not sure which course would suit you, you can still apply and select the option (in the form) to have an online consultation. Likewise, to explore your options, see step 4 below.

3. After applying, please email your proof of NT residence id to for verification.

This ID will be checked and then deleted. We do not store your ID on our system. All correspondence will be treated in strict confidence – we will not share your details with any other business nor will you be contacted by any other organisation.

4. Finally, either before you submit your application, or after, we suggest that you login to our free SmartSkills online tool to help you discover how well prepared you are for the job you wish to do, or identify the specific skills you would like to learn. This tool will help you decide which RMIT Online course could be the right one for you – and will also provide you with a range of free training materials and a report for your consideration.

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Further information?

If you require more information, then please email the Centre for Digital Enterprise.

If you would like to know more about the Centre for Digital Enterprise and how we connect businesses to skills training, then visit our home page.



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