Youth Skills is one of seven programs that form part of the Queensland Government's Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative. Through a suite of targeted skills and training programs, Skilling Queenslanders for Work aims to improve the skills, employment opportunities and social inclusion of disadvantaged Queenslanders.

Registered training organisations (RTOs) with Skills Assure supplier (SAS) status will have opportunities to partner with funded community-based not-for-profit organisations to deliver the nationally recognised training and assessment service components of Youth Skills projects.

Program overview

Youth Skills offers customised training to support young people aged 15-24 years who are engaged with Youth Justice Services or Queensland Corrective Services to gain nationally recognised skills and vocational qualifications up to and including a certificate III level.

In 2018–19, $1 million in funding is available to community-based not-for-profit organisations to assist these young Queenslanders to gain a qualification and build skills that will maximise their local employment opportunities.

Who does the program support?

Youth Skills targets young people who are engaged with Youth Justice Services or Queensland Corrective Services. Participants will primarily be those who:

  • are ineligible for Australian Government employment services or assistance, or
  • require complementary services because they have significant barriers to learning and employment, or
  • have accessed Australian Government services for more than six months and remain unemployed.

What does the program fund?

Youth Skills is not a general education program. It maintains a clear focus on the attainment of nationally recognised qualifications in demand by local employers.

Youth Skills has a project-based delivery model and funds organisations to deliver customised training opportunities which include:

  • nationally recognised training to gain qualifications (including foundation skills) up to certificate III level and delivered in a community-based setting
  • integrated learner support, including career advice, job preparation skills and case management.

Youth Skills will fund the tailored support that must accompany the delivery of training and the student co-contribution fees. Training and assessment services under Youth Skills are funded under the Certificate 3 Guarantee.

Who can apply for funding?

Community-based not-for-profit organisations with the relevant capacity and experience to work with young Queenslanders who are engaged with Youth Justice Services or Queensland Corrective Services are encouraged to apply for funding. The training and assessment services component of the funded project must be delivered by a RTO that is a Queensland Government approved SAS.

More information

Visit the Youth Skills page in the for community organisations section of this site for more detailed information, including the program guidelines.

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Last updated 30 June 2020

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