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Funding announcements

4 December 2023: Applications for 2024–25 funding round now open. Apply now.

The School to Work Transitions (S2WT) program is delivering $3 million over 3 years to support school students who are at risk of not transitioning successfully from school to further education, training or employment, by providing tailored solutions to improve post-school outcomes.

The S2WT program has been implemented as part of the school-to-work transitions focus area of the Good people. Good jobs: Queensland Workforce Strategy 2022–2032.

Funded organisations support priority school student groups through:

  • creating strong and effective school-industry partnerships across Queensland
  • connecting schools, students and employers to maximise local employment opportunities and create youth-friendly workplaces
  • enabling tailored assistance and support approaches to be provided to under-represented student groups.

The priority school student groups are:

  • school-based apprentices and trainees
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • students from schools with an Index of Community Socio-educational Advantage (ICSEA) below 900
  • rural and remote students
  • under-represented groups in the workforce
  • place-based strategies in areas with high youth unemployment and/or significant workforce strategies that could be filled by school leavers.

S2WT 2024–25 (round 3) applications

Applications for 2024–25 (round 3) funding opened 4 December 2023 and will close at 5pm, Friday 1 March 2024.

Funding available

In 2024–25, $1 million is available with funding between $20,000 and $200,000 (excluding GST) for eligible organisations. We are seeking innovative project proposals aimed at assisting underprivileged school students, with the goal of helping them acquire knowledge and new skills to follow a successful pathway post-school.

Due to limited funding availability, only 1 application per business entity (ABN) is permitted.

Queensland-based organisations may apply and must:

  • have a registered and current Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST
  • and
  • hold public liability insurance to the value of not less than $10 million, or provide evidence of a plan to obtain insurance to the value of not less than $10 million to cover the proposed project.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate:

  • local knowledge and connections to Queensland-based schools intending to participate in the project
  • and
  • access to a network of local employers willing to participate in project activities.

Confirm your eligibility by reading the funding guidelines (PDF, 983KB).

Application process

Applications for 2024–25 (round 3) funding opened 4 December 2023 and will close at 5pm, Friday 1 March 2024.

Check your organisation's eligibility in the funding guidelines (PDF, 983KB). If you are eligible to apply:

  • use our application form (DOCX, 636KB) to draft your response — we advise to prepare your response on this document as the online portal does not provide a 'save and return' function
  • when you are ready to apply, complete the online application form
  • attach all supporting documentation (including your project plan and letters of commitment from participating schools and local employers)
  • submit your online application by 5pm, Friday 1 March 2024.

Apply now

Key dates

  • 4 December 2023 – applications for 2024–25 funding open
  • 1 March 2024 (5pm) – applications close
  • May 2024 – outcome of the funding process released.

Successful projects must commence between 1 July 2024 and 31 January 2025, and must be completed by 31 December 2025.

Program resources

Organisations funded under the S2WT program are required to:

  • enter into a formal Services Agreement—see sample (PDF, 925KB)—with the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT), which will include standard key performance indicators, reporting requirements, publicity guide, and payment details.
  • fully acquit after completion and any unexpected or surplus funds returned to DESBT
  • submit a variation request to seek approval if planning to make any changes to the proposal.

More information

For more information on the School to Work Transitions program, email GISP@desbt.qld.gov.au.

Last updated 8 February 2024

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