Skilling Queenslanders for Work 2016-17 2nd Funding Round now open – closes Thursday 20 October 2016

Minister D’Ath has recently announced the opening of the SQW 2016-17 second round, with the round closing at 5pm Thursday 20 October 2016.

We are sending this email to you to let you know that several changes have occurred to the SQW 2016-17 program funding guidelines. If you are considering lodging an application for SQW funding, please familiarise yourself with these changes, which have been summarised for you below.

Work Start incentives

  • Changes have been made to ensure the program complements rather than duplicates the Back to Work regional employment package. Work Start incentive has increased to $10,000 (previously $2000) payable to employers who take on a former SQW participant as a trainee or apprentice from 1 July 2016 onwards. Incentive payments are restricted to private sector employers ineligible for Back To Work employer support payments located in 12 South East QLD local Council areas: Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, Noosa, Redlands, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba or located in regional Queensland and eligible for Queensland’s Apprentice Trainee rebate payroll tax.
  • Funding is currently capped at 300 incentive payments of $10,000.
  • Any participants employed in 2015-16 financial year will remain eligible for $2,000 in accordance with 2015-16 funding guidelines and incentive is available on a state-wide basis.
  • Private sector employers are not able to claim both Work Start incentives and the Back to Work employer support payment.

First Start

  • The yearly budget for this program has increased to accommodate a larger target of 300 trainees/apprentices to be employed by local Councils in 2016-17.
  • Local Councils are now able to sub-contract group training organisations for the employment of their First Start trainees.

Ready for Work

  • The yearly budget for this program has decreased to $1.5 million (from $2.0 million) and the participant target has reduced from 2,600 to 2,000 per year.

Youth Skills

  • While the yearly budget for this program remains the same, the target number of participants for 2016-2017 has been reduced to 500. This is in recognition of higher benchmark costs associated with providing intensive case management to this cohort of participants.
  • The eligibility descriptor has been broadened to “engaged with Youth Justice Services or Queensland Corrective Services”. Reference to specific court orders is no longer included in the eligibility criteria.
  • Additional information has been included in the Youth Skills guidelines to acknowledge that young people engaged on Community Service Orders are also allowed a count of hours for attendance on programs that address criminogenic risk. Youth Skills program attendance has been included in approved programs allowable under these provisions.
  • A new section has been added to the guidelines to provide further details on expectations of service delivery under a youth program.
  • Reference to “volume of learning” has been added to the assessment criteria listed in the guidelines. This is to ensure that projects include a sufficient period of training delivery to ensure participants gain all relevant skills and knowledge.
  • Additional information has been included in the guidelines to clarify duplication of services. Specific reference has been included regarding other youth programs (Transition to Work and Transition 2 Success) as both these programs have similar service delivery models.
  • Additional information has been included in the guidelines to clarify the requirement to declare all third party contributions.

Get Set for Work

  • The revised guidelines emphasise the need to recruit young people who have already left school.
  • A new section has been added to the guidelines to provide further details on expectations of service delivery under a youth program.
  • Reference to “volume of learning” has been added to the assessment criteria listed in the guidelines. This is to ensure that projects include a sufficient period of training delivery to ensure participants gain all relevant skills and knowledge.
  • Additional information has been included in the guidelines to clarify duplication of services. Specific reference has been included regarding other youth programs (Transition to Work and Transition 2 Success) as both these programs have similar service delivery models.
  • Additional information has been included in the guidelines to clarify the requirement to declare all third party contributions.

Work Skills Traineeships

  • Stipulation has now been included that WST project lengths must be between 18-26 weeks.
  • More clarification that training is primarily on-the-job with these unique traineeships has also been included in the guidelines.
  • The revised guidelines promote that job search activities should be integrated towards the end of a project when the trainees are ready for transition to open employment (rather than spending time upfront).
  • Additional information has been included in the guidelines to clarify duplication of services.
  • Additional information has been included in the guidelines to clarify the requirement to declare all third party contributions.

Community Work Skills

  • Reference to “volume of learning” has been added to the assessment criteria listed in the guidelines. This is to ensure that projects include a sufficient period of training delivery to ensure participants gain all relevant skills and knowledge.
  • Additional information has been included in the guidelines to clarify duplication of services.
  • Additional information has been included in the guidelines to clarify the requirement to declare all third party contributions.

New versions of the funding guidelines have been published on the website. Please follow the links to the guidelines included above.

If you require any additional information regarding changes to the SQW guidelines, or you would like a regional staff member to visit your workplace to discuss the upcoming funding round, please email Katrina Hunt on katrina.hunt@det.qld.gov.au

 

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