Skilling Queenslanders for Work Initiative
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT IN RELATION TO THE SKILLING QUEENSLANDERS FOR WORK INITIATIVE
On 16 July 2012 the Queensland Government announced it would not continue funding the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.
The Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) will honour existing contracts for 2012-13 for all programs delivered under the initiative and has contacted organisations that this decision has affected. The department expects all existing contracts to be finalised by 30 June 2013.
As no more funding will be available through Skilling Queenslanders for Work community organisations and local councils can check http://grants.myregion.gov.au for Australian Government grants or explore funding opportunities with the private sector.
Additional program information
The services Indigenous Employment and Training Managers (IETMs) and Indigenous Employment and Training Support Officers (IETSOs) provided to employers, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander apprentices and trainees and other clients ceased on 31 August 2012.
The Indigenous Employment Policy for Queensland Government Building and Civil Construction Projects (IEP 20% Policy) will continue with the Employment, Skills and Training Investment Division of DETE assuming operational oversight of the policy. Please check the IEP 20% Policy page for further updates or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Get Set for Work Program
As Get Set for Work projects usually run alongside the school calendar year most of these projects will be finalised by 31 December 2012. The Australian Government funds the Youth Connections program to assist young people who have left school or who are thinking of leaving school to continue their education and ultimately gain a Year 12 (or equivalent) level qualification. To find a Youth Connections provider in your area search here. More information about Youth Connections Program is available here.
The Australian Government also offers employers incentive payments for taking on apprentices and trainees. For more information:
- contact an Australian Apprenticeship Centre on 13 38 73
- visit the Australian Apprenticeships website
- Visit the Queensland Government's School-based apprenticeships and traineeships website
About the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative
The Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative was an overarching initiative with a suite of targeted, grants-based programs. The initiative funded community organisations, local councils and other groups to deliver employment and training services tailored to suit the individual needs of jobseekers in their area and local job opportunities. Programs were developed to provide an integrated and flexible approach to assist a variety of disadvantaged jobseekers. This included the long-term unemployed, people from non-English speaking backgrounds, young jobseekers, mature-age jobseekers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Through the Community Employment and Infrastructure Program, Community Literacy Program, First Start Program, Youth Training Incentives, Indigenous Employment and Training Support Officers (IETSOs), Get Set for Work Program and Participate in Prosperity the initiative provided a flexible and integrated approach to assist jobseekers towards stable and meaningful employment.
In 2012, Deloitte Access Economics Pty Ltd was engaged by the Department of Education, Training and Employment to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative in meeting its program objectives. The final report can be found at: http://deta.qld.gov.au/publications/strategic/evaluation/Skilling Queenslanders for Work was launched in July 2007 to replace the Breaking the Unemployment Cycle initiative.