By Darren Foster, Training Services Manager

In 2021, many Australians are considering their career options. Whether they want to upskill or reskill to find new work opportunities in a COVID world, or transition to a whole new career path, the Australian workforce is on the move. Only 7.5% of us changed jobs in 2020, the lowest rate on record, but recent research shows that 25% of us are looking for new career options in 2021.

For some of us, it can feel like continued lockdowns are getting in the way of our employment goals, but that’s where online learning can really help.

With VERTO’s online courses, you can work towards your next career move from the comfort of home. We have over 40 online courses, and the list is only growing. Today, I want to talk about some of the ways our online courses can open new doors even when our cities are closed.

Learn today, learn your way

Lockdown doesn’t need to be wasted time. VERTO has a fast application process and a team standing by to help you find the right course so you can start straight away.

Our courses offer self-paced and group learning options. Group learning sessions are interactive and engaging so you’ll still meet and work with your classmates. For those working part-time or shift hours, self-paced options can fit study around your schedule.

Get ready to re-enter the workforce

Job seekers who have been out of work for a while or need an extra edge don’t need to wait for lockdown to end. We’ve moved some of our most popular Work Readiness courses online to help you build the skills and confidence to tackle the job market.  

Study for a role in the growing care industry

With VERTO, you can gain a range of care qualifications, such as a Certificate III in Individual Support, with specialities in disability and ageing. This study path will prepare you for a career in personal or residential care, disability support and community services; all options that have a great outlook.

You can also take a range of other health-related courses that are critical in a COVID world, including Mental Health Awareness and Infection Control.

Prepare for the reopening of hospitality and retail

Whether you are looking to formalise existing skills or get a start in the industry, VERTO’s Certificate III courses in Hospitality and Retail can be a great stepping stone. And despite current lockdowns, our hospitality and retail industries are going to need qualified workers as many have left the industry and skilled migration has halted. In fact, just before our most recent lockdowns, hospitality venues across the country were crying out for staff

Build a career in warehousing and storage

Warehousing and storage are growing areas and there are a wide variety of opportunities for those interested in this space. Our Certificate III in Supply Chain Operations prepares you to take on storeperson roles in a variety of industries and environments, and is proving to be a popular choice.

Give yourself an edge in the office

VERTO also offers a range of qualifications in business, including a Certificate III in Business for those starting out and Certificate IV and Diploma level courses in Leadership and Management for those ready for the next step. These courses prepare you to take on team leader, office and operational management roles, giving you an edge when looking for a new role or a promotion.

Dive straight into your work placement after lockdown

Some of these courses have a work placement component – and while that’s off the cards in many locked down areas right now, you can get your classroom study done and dusted, ready to dive into your work placement when our cities and regions reopen.

Your work placement is a great opportunity to get in front of a potential employer and it’s not uncommon for students to be offered employment on completion. VERTO can help you find an appropriate work placement and give you the tools you need to succeed.

What are you waiting for?

Ready to make the most of lockdown? These are just some of the courses you can start studying immediately with VERTO. With so many incentives available right now, you may even be eligible for government support to cover your study fees. Our team can help you find the right course and apply for any applicable incentives, so it’s a great time to explore your options!

Stay safe, stay at home and make your next career move. To get started visit verto.org.au or contact the team on 1300 4 VERTO (1300 483 786) or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..