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.
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 2017-18, up to $2 million in funding will be available to community-based organisations to assist these young Queenslanders to gain a qualification and build skills that will maximise their local employment opportunities.
For job seekers, the best way to
find a current Skilling Queenslanders for Work project is by navigating a map.
To view all projects funded under the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative, past and present, go to the funded project lists.
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, registered for GST, that have 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.
Funding levels and conditions
Funding is available for a maximum 12 month term. The level of funding is dependent on the type of project and nature of the training and assistance to be provided, as well as the number of participants targeted.
Training should be customised to meet each participant's needs.
How to apply
Applications are accepted during two open funding rounds each year.
First and second rounds generally open February/March and August/September respectively.
To learn more about the application process and how to apply, go to the Skilling Queenslanders for Work applications page.
Youth Skills Guidelines for funding 2017-18 (PDF, 778KB)
Youth Skills 2017-18 fact sheet (PDF, 221KB)
Sample Skilling Queenslanders for Work Services Agreement (PDF, 220KB)
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 Youth Skills application should contact their local DET regional office or the Skilling Queenslanders for Work team at firstname.lastname@example.org.