​​​​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 to enter and stay in the workforce. Funding is primarily available for community-based not-for-profit organisations.

Training and skills programs

Registered training organisations (RTOs) with pre-qualified supplier (P​QS) status will have opportunities to partner with funded community-based organisations to deliver the nationally recognised training and assessment service components of Skilling Queenslanders for Work projects through the following training and skills programs:

Community ​Work Skills
Community Work Skills assists disadvantaged Queensland job seekers to gain nationally recognised skills and qualifications up to a certificate III level. Funding is available to community-based not-for-profit organisations, which will partner with RTOs with PQS status.

Work Skills Traineeships
Work Skills Traineeships enables disadvantaged Queenslanders to be employed on community, construction or environmental projects while undertaking a Work Skills Traineeship. Funding is available to community-based not-for-profit organisations and local councils, which will partner with RTOs with PQS status. Visit the Work Skills Traineeships page in the for community organisations section of this site​ for more detailed information, including the program guidelines.

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. Funding is primarily available for community-based not-for-profit organisations, which will partner with RTOs with PQS status.

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. Funding is primarily available for community-based not-for-profit organisations, which will partner with RTOs with PQS status.

Other programs

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

Ready for Work
Ready for Work assists young people aged 15-24 to transition into the workforce by providing courses of up to 6-8 weeks focused on job search assistance and training. Visit the Ready for Work page in the for community organisations section of this site​ for more detailed information, including the program gui​delines.

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)​.

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 who are not eligible for the Queensland Government's Back to Work​ regional empoyer support payment. For more information on Work Start incentives download the Work Start Guidelines for funding 2016-17 (PDF, 719KB)​ or the Work Start fact sheet (PDF, 129KB).

More information

Visit the Skilling Queenslanders for Work section 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