The Department of Education and Training is offering financial assistance to 15 to 21 year olds who are, or have been, in out-of-home care to cover the cost of vocational education and training.

The What's Next OOHC Fund is designed to strengthen learning and employment pathways for young people who have been in Queensland State Care by reducing financial barrier to their participation in relevant, high quality vocational education and training (VET). It also provides these young people with access to individualised career and training information to support them to make good decisions about learning and employment pathways.

The Queensland Government recognises that young people who have been in out-of-home care (OOHC) are a vulnerable group who face particular barriers to their successful participation in further education and training after school. Out-of-home care can include foster care, approved kinship care, therapeutic residential care, supported independent living arrangements and residential care services.

The fund can support eligible young people to enrol in subsidised accredited vocational education and training qualifications where the qualification clearly leads to a learning or employment pathway.

To find out more and how to apply go to the Queensland Government website

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