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

21 October 2016: 2016-17 second round funding now closed
​19 July 2016: 2016-17 first round projects anno​unced

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​​​​​​​Work Skills Traineeships

​Work Skills Traineeships provide paid employment opportunities to disadvantaged Queenslanders while at the same time funding projects that leave a visible and long lasting impact on social infrastructure in a local community. For example, projects can create, repair and upgrade public spaces and facilities, or undertake revegetation, regeneration and river or foreshore restorations.

Project overview

In 2016-17, $25.875 million in funding will be available under Work Skills Traineeships to give disadvantaged Queenslanders access to tailored employment assistance and employment on community, construction and environmental projects.

Through Work Skills Traineeships, participants are employed full-time as entry-level trainees on work placement projects. There are three types of traineeships available at the certificate I level:

​Work Skills Traineeships


​BusinessBSB10115 Certificate I in Business​
Construction​CPC10111 Certificate I in Construction​
​Conservation and land managementAHC10110 Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management​


Participants will:

  • earn a certificate I level qualification in business, construction or conservation and land management
  • gain practical experience in real work situations that align with their training
  • complete paid work that can be included in their resumes
  • receive a mix of career advice, job preparation skills and foundation skills.

Current projects

View the list of 2015-16 first round projects - Community Work Skills - Work Skills Traineeships (XLS, 52KB)

View the list of 2015-16 second round projects - Community Work Skills - Work Skills Traineeships (XLSX, 30KB)

View the list of 2016-17 first round projects - Work Skills Traineeships (XLSX, 28KB)

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Who does the program support?

Work Skills Traineeships primarily targets Queensland residents who either:

  • are ineligible for Australian Government employment services or assistance, or
  • require com​​plementary services because they have significant bar​riers to learning and employment, or
  • have accessed Australian Government services for more than six months and remain unemployed.

What can the program funds be used for?

Work Skills Traineeships funding can only be expended on costs directly associated with the delivery of the project including:​

  • wages and on-costs for project coordinator and other delivery staff, trainee wages​​ and on-costs for Work Skills Traineeships projects
  • administration costs such as rent, accommodation, venue hire, office supplies, advertising, travel costs, vehicle hire/lease
  • materials and equipment
  • overheads or operating costs (with the management fee not to exceed five per cent of total funds).

What types of projects can be funded?

Work Skills Traineeships projects could include:

  • revegetation, regeneration and creek/river restoration works - repairs to riverbanks and foreshores
  • refurbishment of community buildings (not private residences) - sporting halls, aged care facilities, social enterprises, community centres and halls
  • minor infrastructure works - pergolas, seating, fencing, picnic tables and pre-fabricated structures
  • re-development of community spaces - sporting fields and parks requiring general landscaping and horticulture type works i.e. creation of garden beds, vegetable gardens, planting
  • track construction - construction of walking tracks, paving and pathways, or improvements to existing tracks
  • media activities - publication of community newsletters/magazines, or the development of a community website
  • event management activities - organising community careers expos, community workshops or cultural celebrations
  • host placement (with not-for-profit organisations only) - this model should be the exception rather than the norm, and is usually reserved for Work Skills Business Traineeships where it may be difficult to place a large number of participants at one work site, or to assist groups such as people with disability or from a culturally and linguistically diverse background.

​​​​​​Each project or intake must range in length or duration between 18-26 weeks.​

Who can apply for funding?

Local councils, volunteer organisations, neighbourhood centres, youth, sporting, church and environmental organisations, peak industry bodies and other advocacy groups that can organise community, construction or environmental projects are encouraged to apply for Work Skills Traineeships funding.

The delivery of training and assessment services for Work Skills Traineeships is funded under the User Choice program. A supervising registered training organisation (SRTO) must be engaged to provide training and assessment services to the trainees in line with their training plan. The SRTO must be approved as a pre-qualified supplier (PQS) under the User Choice program. Work Skills Traineeships are fully exempt from student contribution fees under User Choice.​

Organisation checklist

Organisations applying for funding to deliver Work Skills Traineeship projects will need to:

  • contact the local DET regional office to discuss the application (call 1300 369 935)
  • demonstrate previous success in delivering similar programs and achieving outcomes or demonstrate capacity to manage and locally deliver a work placement project
  • have the support and appropriate approval from council or other community/government agencies to undertake works if on public lands or involving works to public buildings
  • employ, or be able to employ, suitably experienced and qualified staff to provide appropriate supervision, training and support to participants
  • offer a variety of work activities, in line with the Work Skills traineeship being undertaken, to ensure participants acquire a broad range of skills that will increase their competiveness in the job market and assist them to secure ongoing employment
  • allow sufficient time for participants to learn new skills and establish a routine of attending work, in a supportive but structured environment.

How to apply

Applications are accepted during two open funding rounds each year.

First and second rounds generally open February/March and August/September res​​pectively.

​To learn more about the application process and how to apply, go to the Skilling Queenslanders for Work​ applications page.​

Program documents

Work Skills Traineeships Guidelines for funding 2016-17 (PDF, 961​KB)

Work Skills Traineeships 2016-17 fact sheet (PDF, 307KB)

Sample Skilling Queenslanders for Work Services Agreement (PDF, 220KB)

​Contact information

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

Community-based organisations with specific enquiries about a Work Skills Traineeships application should contact their local DET regional office​ or the Skilling Queenslanders for Work team at training@det​.qld.gov.au.​

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Last updated
20 October 2016