The Higher Level Skills program helps individuals to gain the higher level skills and qualifications required to secure employment or career advancement in a priority industry. It may also help individuals transition to university study in areas aligned to priority occupations for industry and the economy.
Read an overview of the Higher Level Skills program.
How can employers participate in the program?
The program provides the opportunity for employers to engage employees in priority training to address current workforce development needs.
Employers can partner with a training provider pre-approved by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training, known as a pre-qualified supplier (PQS), to enrol eligible employees in the subsidised training available under the program.
A list of PQS delivering training under the Higher Level Skills program is available on the Queensland Skills Gateway.
For more information on choosing a PQS, read the training consumer tips.
Which employees are eligible?
This program is open to any Queensland resident aged 15 or over, who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident (includes humanitarian entrant), temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or a New Zealand citizen, and who does not have or is not enrolled in a certificate IV or higher qualification.
Does the employer need to contribute to the cost of the training?
Given the benefits that accrue to individuals and employers from higher level training, individuals undertaking subsidised training through the program must pay a 'co-contribution fee'.
The amount of the co-contribution fee is determined by the PQS. The fee may be paid on behalf of the individual by the employer or a third party unrelated to the PQS but cannot be paid or waived by the PQS.
For more detailed information, read the Higher Level Skills employer fact sheet (PDF, 157KB) or (DOCX, 98KB), or Higher Level Skills in the training providers section.