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Skilling Queenslanders for Work (Overview)
Program ID: 12321
Overview
This program seeks to develop skills for individuals and provide direct assistance to those Queenslanders that need support to gain the qualifications and skills needed to enter and stay in the workforce.

It aims to provide training to people who are under-utilised or under-employed, as well as building the skills of young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, mature-aged job seekers and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

There are seven programs that make up this initiative:
1. Community Work Skills
- Assists disadvantaged Queenslanders to gain nationally recognised skills and qualifications up to a certificate III level; or to be employed on community, construction or environmental projects whilst undertaking a Work Skills Traineeship.
- A total funding pool of $15 million is available.
- The 2017 application dates are:
a) Round 1: Opened 22 February and closed 6 April 2017, 5pm AEST.
b) Round 2: Opened 20 July and closed 14 September 2017, 5pm AEST.

2. Get Set for Work
- Provides intensive employment and training assistance over a 12 month period to young, disengaged Queenslanders aged 15-19 years.
- A total funding pool of $7 million is available.
- The 2017 application dates are:
a) Round 1: Opened 22 February and closed 6 April 2017, 5pm AEST.
b) Round 2: Opened 20 July and closed 14 September 2017, 5pm AEST.

3. Ready for Work
- Assists young people aged 15-24 to transition into the workforce by providing 6-8 week courses focused on job search assistance and training.
- A total funding pool of $1.5 million is available.
- The 2017 application dates are:
a) Round 1: Opened 22 February and closed 6 April 2017, 5pm AEST.
b) Round 2: Opened 20 July and closed 14 September 2017, 5pm AEST.

4. Youth Skills
- Provides nationally recognised training and employment support to 15-19 year olds who are subject to court orders or bail.
- A total funding pool of $2 million is available.
- The 2017 application dates are:
a) Round 1: Opened 22 February and closed 6 April 2017, 5pm AEST.
b) Round 2: Opened 20 July and closed 14 September 2017, 5pm AEST.

5. First Start
- Provides wage subsidies to local councils to employ additional trainees.
- The program offers opportunities to young people and disadvantaged job seekers to gain nationally recognised qualifications and 12 months employment by undertaking a traineeship.
- A total funding pool of $4.25 million is available.

6. Work Start Incentives
- An incentive program that rewards private sector employers with a one-off $2,000 payment, after a qualifying period, if they employ a Queenslander in a traineeship who has previously participated in a Community Work Skills, Get Set for Work, Ready for Work or Youth Skills project.
- A total funding pool of $3 million is available.
- Open on an ongoing basis.

7. Work Skills Traineeships
- Aims to provide paid employment opportunities to disadvantaged Queenslanders while at the same time funding projects that leave a visible and long lasting impact on social infrastructure in a local community.
- A total funding pool of $25.87 million is available.
- The 2017 application dates are:
a) Round 1: Opened 22 February and closed 6 April 2017, 5pm AEST.
b) Round 2: Opened 20 July and closed 14 September 2017, 5pm AEST.

As announced in the 2015-16 Queensland State Budget, the government will continue to provide this program with a total funding pool of $240 million over four years starting from 2015-16 to 2018-19 to support up to 32,000 job seekers. $60 million will be allocated each year.
Who Can Apply
Eligible applicants include:
- Community organisations with not-for-profit objectives, in partnership with registered training organisations
- Local councils
- Parents and citizens' associations

Please refer to each sub-programs for the specific eligibility requirements.
Eligible Activities
Eligible activities include those that are focused on skills development in local communities across Queensland.

Please refer to each sub-programs for the specific eligible activities.
Main Assessment Criteria
The main assessment criteria include:
- Capacity to manage
- Servicing community and industry needs
- Strategies to assist participants
- Outcomes
- Cost/value for money

Please refer to each sub-programs for the complete information of these criteria.
Applies to
DocumentationUploaded
FactsheetSeptember 2017
Media ReleaseSeptember 2017
Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator
Status Open
Closing Information
Please see Overview for the closing details.
Funding Type Subsidy
Total Funding Pool $240.0M
Requires Co-contribution? Yes
Competitive Yes
Location Queensland
Industry
Education
Activities
Training / Employment
Difficulty Rating
Department
Department of Education and Training
Program Administrator
Department of Education and Training
Telephone 1300 369 935
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Program Website Visit website
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