​​​​Skilling Queenslanders for Work

Skilling Queenslanders for Work is a suite of targeted skills and training programs supporting Queenslanders to gain the skills, qualifications and experience needed to enter and stay in the workforce. Employers have the opportunity to support and participate in local training projects as well as access the $10,000 Work Start incentive for employing an eligible participant in a traineeship or apprenticeship.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work programs

There are seven programs that make up the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative, including three traineeship programs and four training and skills programs.

Traineeship programs

Work Start incentives
Work Start incentives rewards eligible private sector employers with a one-off $10,000 payment, after a qualifying period, if they employ a Queenslander who has previously participated in a Community Work Skills, Work Skills Traineeships, Get Set for Work, Ready for Work or Youth Skills project, in a traineeship or apprenticeship. This 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 2016-17 (PDF, 719KB).

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 2016-17 (PDF, 688KB).

Training and skills programs

Skilling Queenslanders for Work is supported by a statewide regional network, working closely and forming partnerships with community-based not-for-profit organisations and local employers to determine local skills and entry-level industry and labour needs. Employers are encouraged to support and participate in local projects delivered under the programs below.

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

Work Skills Traineeships
Work Skills Traineeships enables disadvantaged Queenslanders to be employed on community, construction or environmental projects while undertaking a Work Skills Traineeship.

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 workplace by providing courses of up to 6-8 weeks focused on job search assistance and training.

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

More information

Visit the Skilling Queenslanders for Work in the for community organisations section of this site for more detailed information about the initiative and individual programs, including guidelines and participant eligibility requirements.​

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Last updated
01 September 2016