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, for up to six months, on projects that benefit the boarder community while participants complete a Certificate I in Business, Conservation and Land Management, Construction, Hospitality or Retail Services.
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 transition into the workforce by providing 6-8 week courses focused on job search assistance and training.
Youth Skills provides nationally recognised training and employment support for 15–24 year olds who are engaged with Youth Justice Services or Queensland Corrective Services.
First Start provides wage subsidies to local councils and community-based organisations 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 2018-19 (PDF, 1MB).
Work Start incentives
Work Start is an incentive program that rewards eligible private sector employers with 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 Skilling Queenslanders for Work project. A Youth Boost component of $20,000 is available from 2018-19 onwards, if the eligible person is aged 15 to 24 years. The program is targeted at private sector employers not eligible for a Queensland Government Back to Work employer support payment. For more information on Work Start incentives, download the Work Start Guidelines for funding 2018–19 (PDF, 889KB) or the
Work Start fact sheet (PDF, 468KB).