This Queensland Government initiative funds a range of programs that provide training and support opportunities for individuals facing barriers to gaining employment. SQW offers a number of programs, two of which, Community Work Skills and Get Set for Work, can provide opportunities for individuals to gain an NDIS related entry level qualification. There are also two traineeship programs offering incentives for employers: First Start and Work Start. SQW projects are delivered within specific timeframes in a community-based setting at no cost to participants.

Opportunities for job seekers

Community Work Skills offers tailored assistance to disadvantaged Queenslanders enabling them to gain nationally recognised skills and vocational qualifications up to a Certificate III level. Participants also receive wrap around support (including employability and job seeking skills training) which enhance their ability to gain employment.

Get Set for Work provides intensive support to disengaged young people aged 15-19 years to gain a vocational qualification up to Certificate III level combined with learning support measures and foundation skills to successfully transition into the workforce, undertake further education or return to school.

Funding Source: DESBT

Incentives for Employers

First Start provides wage subsidies to local councils and not-for-profit community-based organisations to employ young people and disadvantaged job seekers in a traineeship over 12 months.

Funding of $15,000 is available for not-for-profit community-based organisations.

Work Start incentive provides a one-off payment of $10,000 to eligible private sector employers employing former SQW participants in a traineeship or apprenticeship after a qualifying period of employment.

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Funding Source: DESBT

This information was correct at the time of publication 11/3/21.