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Funding announcements

7 December 2022: 2023–24 funding round open for applications.

The School to Work Transitions (S2WT) program will deliver $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.

In 2023–24, $1 million has been allocated to support employers, industry, and community organisations to deliver innovative S2WT projects between the value of $20,000–$200,000.

Funded organisations will 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 2023–24 (round 2) funding – applications open 7 December 2022

Applications for S2WT 2023–34 funding open on 7 December 2022. We are seeking innovative project proposals to improve school to work transitions that address 1 or more of the 6 priority school student groups listed above.

In 2023–24, $1 million will be available for the S2WT program (round 2).

Funding between $20,000 and $200,000 (excluding GST) may be provided for eligible employers, industry, and community organisations to deliver a project to assist school students from disadvantaged backgrounds to improve post-school destination outcomes.

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

Organisations must:

  • be based in Queensland
  • have a registered and current ABN, and be registered for GST
  • 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
  • be able to demonstrate
    • local knowledge and connections to Queensland-based schools agreeing to release students to participate in the project activities
    • access to a network of local employers willing to participate in project activities.

Read the funding guidelines (PDF, 1.3MB) to check your eligibility.

Applications open 7 December 2022 and close at 5pm, Tuesday 28 February 2023.

To apply, you must submit the application online.

  1. Read the eligibility criteria above.
  2. Read the funding guidelines (PDF, 1.3MB).
  3. Download the project plan (DOCX, 46KB)—complete and submit with your application.
  4. Gather letters of commitment from participating schools and local employers.
  5. If you are eligible to apply
    1. complete the online application form.
    2. attach all supporting documentation (project plan and letters of commitment)
    3. submit by 5pm, Tuesday 28 February 2023.

Use our sample application form (PDF, 1,2MB) to start working on your application now. Once applications open, you can copy and paste your draft application into the online application form.

Key dates

Applications for 2023-24 funding open 7 December 2022
Applications close 5pm, Tuesday 28 February 2023
Outcome of the application process May 2023
Commencement of successful projects From 1 July 2023
Completion of projects By 31 December 2024

S2WT 2022–23 (round 1) funding – successful projects

The successful applicants under the S2WT 2022–23 expression of interest process were announced on 9 November 2022. Total funding of $999,000 has been allocated to 7 projects to be delivered across Queensland in the following industries:

  • automotive
  • retail
  • fitness, sport and recreation
  • health
  • aviation
  • information and communication technology
  • screen and media.

More information

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

Last updated 7 December 2022

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