Foundation skills training aims to ensure that Queenslanders enrolling in vocational education and training (VET) are equipped with the skills and abilities they need to successfully complete a vocational qualification.

Foundation skills training must be tailored to the individual needs of the learner based on an evaluation of their current capabilities. The department supports the use of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) and the Core Skills for Work development framework (CSfW) to benchmark learners' foundation skills capabilities. The complementary foundation skills fact sheet (PDF, 134KB) outlines a range of foundation skills development opportunities available for Queenslanders that can be tailored to individual needs.

A training and support plan must be developed for the learner identifying how the foundation skills training will be delivered and the foundation skills outcomes to be achieved through to completion of the vocational qualification. The plan and learning pathway must have the support of the learner.

Learners can be enrolled in a full foundation skills qualification or units of competency depending on their individual requirements. Foundation skills training can be delivered as a stand-alone program prior to commencing a vocational qualification, concurrently with a vocational qualification in a parallel learning approach, or integrated in vocational qualification training.

Completion of any foundation skills qualification, regardless of AQF level, does not affect a learner's eligibility for the Certificate 3 Guarantee.

These qualifications are targeted to those VET learners who require additional assistance to build their foundation skills to the level required to complete a vocational qualification.

Foundation skills training is funded through the following programs.

  • Skilling Queenslanders for Work - which provides additional support for learners with diverse needs to gain qualifications up to certificate III level.
  • Certificate 3 Guarantee - which provides a government subsidy to allow eligible Queenslanders to obtain their first post-school certificate III level qualification.
  • User Choice - which enables apprentices and trainees to access a language, literacy and numeracy program to improve their foundation skills while they complete their vocational qualification.

The training provides opportunities for VET learners to build their foundation skills, the core capabilities required for effective workplace and community participation, including language, literacy, numeracy and employability skills.

Participant eligibility

The Australian Government funds a number of foundation skills program including the Adult Migrant Education Program (AMEP) and the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program.

Learners who meet the eligibility requirements for any Australian Government foundation skills program must be directed to the appropriate program and not access subsidised training through a relevant Queensland Government VET program.

Foundation skills resources

Access resources that inform registered training organisations of contemporary approaches to the development of foundation skills.

Related information

Last updated 14 June 2018

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