​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Funding announcements

13 April 2017: SQW Community Recovery package​​
22 February 2017: 2017-18 first funding round opened​ - closed 6 April 2017
9 February 2017: 2016-17 second round projects announced​

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​Skilling Queenslanders for Work

The Queensland Government's Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative represents a significant investment of $240 million over four years to support up to 32,000 Queenslanders into work.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work provides training to people who are under-utilised or under-employed in the labour market, as well as building the skills of young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, mature-age job seekers, women re-entering the workforce, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Targeted p​rograms focused on skills develo​​pment will be delivered by community-based organisations, local councils and school Parents and Citizens' and Parents and Friends' associations. Local community ownership of projects is a cornerstone of the initiative's past success and will help to ensure future projects meet local skills needs and deliver positive skills development and employment outcomes for participants.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work is supported by a statewide regional network, working closely and forming partnerships with community organisations and local employers to determine local skills and entry-level industry and labour needs.

Read the fact sheet (PDF, 177KB) for an overview of the initiative.

Apply for funding

Funding is available to provide direct assistance to those Queenslanders that need support to gain the qualifications and skills needed to enter and stay in the workforce.

Community-based not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding to start projects in local communities across Queensland. Local councils and school Parents and Citizens' and Parents and Friends' associations are also able to apply for funding under some programs.

There are two regular funding rounds each financial year, takin​g applications for five of the initiative's seven programs.

The first round of funding for 2017-18 opened on 22 February and closed at 5pm (AEST) on Thursday 6 April 2017.

Refer to the Skilling Queenslanders for Work applications page to learn how to apply.

Further application information, including program guidelines and fact sheets, is available from the specific Skilling Queenslanders for Work program pages listed below.

Information sessions

Information sessions are held at metropolitan and regional locations across Queensland for each funding round.

Learn more about information sessions​, including how to register.

QCOSS webinars

Free webinars are held to support community-based organisations applying for funding under the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

Delivered in partnership with the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS), the webinars provide information and advice to help organisations develop applications that stand out.

Visit the QCOSS webinar page for more information and to register.

Watch a past webinar recording​​.

List of progra​​​ms

There are seven programs that make up the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

Community Work Skills

Community Work Skills assists disadvantaged Queenslanders to gain nationally recognised skills and qualifications up to a certificate III level.

Work Skills Traineeships

Work Skills Traineeships funds paid work placements on community, public works and environmental projects for up to six months.

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 assists young people aged 15-24 to transition into the workforce by providing 6-8 week courses focused on job search assistance and training.

Youth Skills

Youth Skills provides nationally recognised training and employment support to 15-19 year olds who are engaged​ with Youth Justice Services or Queensland Corrective Services.​

First Start

First Start provides wage subsidies to local councils 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. For more information on First Start download the First Start Guidelines for funding 2017-18 (PDF, 263KB).

Work Start incentives

Work Start is an incentive program that rewards eligible private sector employers with a one-off $10,000 payment, after a qualifying period, if they employ a Queenslander in a traineeship or apprenticeship who has previously participated in a Community Work Skills, Work Skills Traineeships, Get Set for Work, Ready for Work or Youth Skills project. The program is targeted at private sector employers not eligible for the Queensland Government's Back to Work regional employer support payment. For more information on Work Start incentives download the Work Start Guidelines for funding 2017-18 (PDF, 270KB) or the Work Start fact sheet (PDF, 175KB)​.

Successful projects

The list of successful projects funded through Skilling Queenslanders for Work is available on the specific program pages listed above.

Key documents

Application information, program funding guidelines, fact sheets and other supporting materials are available from the relevant program pages listed above.

Provider kit

Information and resources for funded organisations are available in the Skilling Queenslanders for Work provider kit​.

Contact information

For general enquiries about Skilling Queenslanders for Work, complete an enquiry form or phone 1300 369 935.

Community-based organisations and other eligible organisations with specific enquiries about Skilling Queenslanders for Work should contact their local DET regional office or the Skilling Queenslanders for Work team at email training@det​​.qld.gov.au.​​

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Last updated
13 April 2017