Skilling Queenslanders for Work
The Queensland Government's Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative represents a significant investment of $240 million over four years to support up to 32,000 Queenslanders into work.
The initiative helps eligible Queenslanders to gain the skills, qualifications and experience needed to enter and stay in the workforce. The programs are targeted at different groups, including young people, mature-age job seekers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women re-entering the workforce, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Training and skills programs
Eligible Queenslanders will be able to participate in projects delivered by community-based not-for-profit organisations, local councils and school Parents and Citizens' and Parents and Friends' associations, which are available through the five training and skill programs listed below. Training and skills projects will be run in locations across Queensland.
Community Work Skills
Community Work Skills assists disadvantaged Queensland job seekers to gain nationally recognised skills and qualifications up to a certificate III level. Projects are run in locations across the state by community-based not-for-profit organisations.
Current community training projects:
Work Skills Traineeships
The Work Skills Traineeships program enables disadvantaged Queenslanders to be employed on community, construction or environmental projects while undertaking a Work Skills Traineeship. Projects are run in locations across the state by local community-based not-for-profit organisations and local councils.
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. There will be projects in locations across the state run by local community-based not-for-profit organisations.
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 on job assistance and training.
Youth Skills provides nationally recognised training and employment support for 15-19 year olds who are subject to court orders or bail. Funding is primarily available for community-based not-for-profit organisations, who will partner with registered training organisations who are Queensland Government pre-qualified suppliers.
Recruitment to participate in Skilling Queenslanders for Work projects is managed locally by funded organisations. For more information on participation and eligibility for specific projects, individuals should contact the funded organisation. Lists of the successful projects and organisations, including contact details are listed in the Training and skills program section above.
There are also two additional traineeship programs that make up the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.
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. More detailed information is available on the First Start Guidelines for funding 2016-17 (PDF, 688KB).
Work Start incentives
Work Start incentives rewards private sector employers with a one-off $2000 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. More detailed information is available on the Work Start Guidelines for funding 2016-17 (PDF, 719KB) or in the Work Start fact sheet (PDF, 129KB).
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.