Skilling Queenslanders for Work: Applications open for flagship employment program

Queensland Government media release

After helping more than 41,000 Queenslanders into secure jobs, applications are now open for the next round of the Queensland Government’s flagship employment and training program.

Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer said more than 76 per cent of Skilling Queenslanders for Work participants have gone on to find jobs or pursue further education and training.

“This is a program that has, without question, changed thousands of lives. And this year, we want it to change even more,” Minister Farmer said.

“Eligible community-based not-for-profit and training organisations can now submit applications for projects that meet the specific needs of the unemployed and underemployed in their communities.

“Skilling Queenslanders for Work will continue to drive our strong record of job creation, with the program already supporting more than 41,000 Queenslanders into secure work since 2015.

“These outcomes are the reason the Queensland Government is now permanently funding this program with $80 million every year, because investing in skills and training will help even more Queenslanders enter – and stay – in the workforce.”

Minister Farmer said the next funding round covers seven programs that help disadvantaged Queenslanders get back on their feet and into jobs.

“Community Foundation Skills is one of our newest programs and aims to support people to improve their language, literacy, numeracy and digital skills,” the Minister said.

“Overcoming these barriers means jobseekers will be better prepared to tackle the next steps on their path, which can be further study, finding a job or accessing other support.

“Our other new program – Skill Up – funds projects that upskill or reskill Queenslanders for entry level roles in industries that have never been more important, including pathology collection, hospitality and health support services.”

The Minister said her department will be running online information sessions with the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS).

“QCOSS is well-placed to provide even more help to organisations looking to be funded for their first project, as well as more experienced organisations,” Ms Farmer said.

“We want to hear from applicants – old and new – ready to prepare Queenslanders from a variety of backgrounds for opportunities with local businesses and key industries.”

Program guidelines for 2022–23 are online now along with FAQs, an application guide and factsheets to help eligible organisations develop strong project applications before applications close on Thursday 31 March 2022.

For further information visit the Queensland Government website or call 1300 369 935. To view or register for a QCOSS SQW event visit the website.