Are you a Queenslander aged 15 years or older, no longer at school and need help to secure a job?

Skilling Queenslanders for Work training projects help job seekers gain the skills, qualifications and experience they need to enter and stay in the workforce. It's free to participate – there are no hidden costs.

Find a project near you

Use the map below to locate projects near you. Click on a marker to display project details, including a project's name, summary, delivery locations and duration.

To check availability and other specifics, contact the funded organisation via the contact details displayed.

Markers indicate a project's primary delivery location – not actual organisation or training addresses, or other delivery locations in the region. Contact funded organisations for full details.

Program types

Community Work Skills Community Work Skills

Community Work Skills assists disadvantaged Queensland job seekers and low skilled workers to gain nationally recognised skills and qualifications up to a certificate III level.

Work Skills Traineeships Work Skills Traineeships

Work Skills Traineeships enable long-term unemployed and disadvantaged job seekers to be employed for up to 6 months on community, public works or environmental projects.

Get Set for Work 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.

Ready for Work Ready for Work

Ready for Work assists disadvantaged Queenslanders to transition into the workforce by providing courses of up to 6–8 weeks on job search assistance and training.

Youth Skills Youth Skills

Youth Skills provides nationally recognised training and employment support for 15–24 year olds who are engaged with Youth Justice Services, Queensland Police or Queensland Corrective Services.

Skill Up Skill Up

Skill Up provides assistance for adults 25 years and older to upskill or reskill in entry level positions in high priority industries to maximise existing and future job opportunities.

Community Foundation Skills Community Foundation Skills

Community Foundation Skills offers assistance to disadvantaged Queenslanders with low level language, literacy, numeracy and digital (LLND) skills to equip them with the knowledge and confidence to participate successfully in a modern knowledge economy.

Am I eligible?

Skilling Queenslanders for Work is about providing supported training opportunities to disadvantaged individuals via community-based projects – run locally by funded organisations.

People from these organisations can talk to you about whether you are eligible, availability and other local supports. In the map above, click on a marker to access contact details.

To be eligible for a project, you must:

  • need support to gain the skills or qualification required to achieve any of the following goals:
    • successfully gain employment
    • secure more stable employment
    • build foundation skills to the level for the successful completion of a vocational qualification
    • reskill and retrain following redundancy or a long absence from work
  • be a Queensland resident
  • be aged 15 years or older (and meet any other age requirements of a program)
  • meet Australian residency requirements.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work primarily targets Queensland residents who are ineligible for Australian Government employment services or assistance.

Individuals currently accessing Australian Government services can participate on a SQW project if they are disadvantaged and require complementary services, regardless of the length of time they have been unemployed or in receipt of assistance.

Target groups include:

  • young people (including those in and transitioned from out-of-home care)
  • mature-age job seekers
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • people with disability, including those with mental health, alcohol and other drug issues
  • women re-entering the workforce
  • veterans and ex-service personnel
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • recently released prisoners and individuals with criminal records.

You may still be eligible if you do not belong to one of the above target groups.

Other traineeship options

First Start

Provides wage subsidies to local councils and community-based organisations to employ additional trainees. Look for local councils or community-based organisations near you advertising traineeship opportunities.

For general enquiries about Skilling Queenslanders for Work, email or phone 1300 369 935.

Related information

Last updated 15 February 2024

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