Skilling Queenslanders for Work is a suite of targeted skills and training programs supporting Queenslanders to gain the skills, qualifications and experience needed to enter and stay in the workforce. Funding is primarily available for community-based not-for-profit organisations.
Training and skills programs
Registered training organisations (RTOs) with Skills Assure supplier (SAS) status will have opportunities to partner with funded community-based organisations to deliver the nationally recognised training and assessment service components of Skilling Queenslanders for Work projects through the following training and skills programs:
Community Work Skills
Community Work Skills assists disadvantaged Queensland job seekers to gain nationally recognised skills and qualifications up to a certificate III level. Funding is available to community-based not-for-profit organisations, which will partner with RTOs with SAS status.
Work Skills Traineeships
Work Skills Traineeships employs disadvantaged Queenslanders on community, construction or environmental projects. Funding is available to community-based not-for-profit organisations and local councils, which will partner with RTOs with SAS status. Learn more about Work Skills Traineeships (community organisations section).
Get Set for Work
Get Set for Work provides intensive employment and training assistance over a 12-month period to young, disengaged Queenslanders aged 15–19 years. Funding is primarily available for community-based not-for-profit organisations, which will partner with RTOs with SAS status.
Youth Skills provides nationally recognised training and employment support to 15–24 year olds who are engaged with Youth Justice Services or Queensland Corrective Services. Funding is primarily available for community-based not-for-profit organisations, which will partner with RTOs with SAS status.
There are 3 other programs that make up the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.
Ready for Work
Ready for Work assists young people aged 15–24 to transition into the workforce by providing courses of up to 6–8 weeks focused on job search assistance and training.
First Start provides wage subsidies to local councils and community-based organisations 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.
Work Start incentives
Private sector employers who aren't eligible for a Queensland Government Back to Work employer support payment may qualify for the $10,000 Work Start incentive if they employ a past Skilling Queenslanders for Work participant and meet other criteria. A Youth Boost component of $20,000 is available from 2018-19 onwards, if the eligible person is aged 15 to 24 years. You can direct potential employers to information for employers to learn more.
Detailed information is available from the community organisations section of this site.