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.
Skilling Queenslanders for Work provides training to people who are under-utilised or under-employed in the labour market, as well as building the skills of young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, mature-age job seekers, women re-entering the workforce, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Targeted programsfocused on skills develment will be delivered by community-based organisations, local councils and school Parents and Citizens' and Parents and Friends' associations. Local community ownership of projects is a cornerstone of the initiative's past success and will help to ensure future projects meet local skills needs and deliver positive skills development and employment outcomes for participants.
Skilling Queenslanders for Work is supported by a statewide regional network, working closely and forming partnerships with community organisations and local employers to determine local skills and entry-level industry and labour needs.
Funding is available to provide direct assistance to those Queenslanders that need support to gain the qualifications and skills needed to enter and stay in the workforce.
Community-based not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding to start projects in local communities across Queensland. Local councils and school Parents and Citizens' and Parents and Friends' associations are also able to apply for funding under some programs.
There are two regular funding rounds each financial year, taking applications for five of the initiative's seven programs.
The second round of funding for 2016-17 opened on 30 August 2016 and will close at 5pm (AEST) Thursday 20 October 2016.