Funded Programs

Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships

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Australian Apprenticeships Access Program

This Program provides vulnerable job seekers who experience barriers to entering skilled employment with nationally recognised pre-vocational training, support and assistance. The Access Program is delivered locally by brokers and providers who work closely with employers to deliver training that meets industry needs. The program is provided at no cost to participants and assists them to obtain and maintain an Australian apprenticeship/traineeship, or to enter employment or further education or training.

The Program includes a minimum of 150 hours of nationally recognised, accredited pre-vocational training linked to an Australian Apprenticeship pathway and delivered by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). Following the training period participants receive individualised intensive job search assistance for up to 13 weeks. Participants who gain an apprenticeship or other employment or commence in further education or training, along with their employers, receive 13 weeks of post-placement support. More >>

Under the Building Australia's Future Workforce package the Access Program has been supported by an additional $19.7 million in funding from 1 July 2012.

Critical Skills Investment Fund

The Critical Skills Investment Fund (the Fund) provides $200 million Australian Government co-funding for industry partnerships to undertake projects that provide training and employment opportunities in critical industry sectors such as mining.

The goal of the Fund is to help increase the supply of skilled labour for enterprises in these sectors. To achieve this, the Fund will support projects that train and place job seekers into available positions, or that up-skill existing workers to meet new demands. Senator the Hon Chris Evans Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations opened Funding Round 1 on 15 March 2011. More >>

Education Investment Fund (EIF)

The Education Investment Fund (EIF) was announced in the 2008-09 Commonwealth Budget and is a major component of the Government's Education Revolution. The role of the EIF is to build a modern, productive, internationally competitive Australian economy by supporting world-leading, strategically-focused infrastructure investments that will transform Australian tertiary education and research.

The EIF provides funding for projects that create or develop significant infrastructure in higher education institutions, research institutions and vocational education and training (VET) providers. More >>

Golden Gurus

Employers (or small business owners) may apply for Experience+ Training grants of $4,950 (includes GST) to provide quality training (at the Certificate III level or above) for your mature age workers (aged 55 years or over) so that they can gain the skills to successfully mentor and supervise your apprentices or trainees.

The training grants are paid in two instalments – a start up payment of $3,500 and a completion payment of $1,450 (when the worker has completed the course). Apply online via the secure website that allows you to track the progress of your application and payments. 2010-11 applications close on 30 June 2011 or when funding is exhausted and reopen on 1 July 2011. Details >>

NBN-Enabled Education and Skills Services (NBN-EESS) Program

The NBN-Enabled Education and Skills Services (NBN-EESS) Program is an Australian Government initiative aimed at supporting the development and trialling of online education and skills services that take advantage of the high speed broadband connections being made available through the National Broadband Network (NBN).

The four-year, $27.2 million program seeks to develop and trial services that have the potential to provide more interactive and effective learning opportunities for all Australians, no matter where they live. It will leverage the potential of ubiquitous access, made possible by the NBN, together with the efficiencies achieved using online and interactive education, to reach students and trainees in new and innovative ways. This includes delivering the program in regional or remote locations. More >>

Productivity Places Program (PPP)

The Productivity Places Program (PPP) is part of the Australian Government’s Skilling Australia for the Future initiative. The program provides additional training opportunities to assist Australian workers and job seekers to develop the skills they need to be effective participants and contributors to the modern workforce. The training places are being delivered in response to skills and occupations demand identified by industry.

Training is being offered to eligible existing workers and job seekers under COAG’s negotiated National Partnership Agreement for PPP signed by seven state and territory governments. The Victorian Government signed a separate agreement. A number of places are being delivered directly by the Australian Government through the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)-PPP.

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Skills Connect

On 21 September 2011, the Minister for Skills and Jobs, Senator the Hon Christopher Evans, announced Skills Connect – a new initiative that will see the consolidation of a number of skills programs to allow the Government to target the pressures emerging in the economy and ensure employers and workers are better able to access training support.

Skills Connect will allow industry to come to government with a whole-of-workforce proposal that can draw on the:

  • Accelerated Apprenticeship Program to provide competency-based pathways that recognise skills as they are acquired;
  • Apprenticeship Mentoring Program to support apprentices to complete their training; and
  • Workplace Language and Literacy (WELL) Program to support the large number of workers who don’t have the language and literacy skills needed to access training.

As a result, it will be a one-stop shop for employers who need training support on a range of workforce issues will be able to work with their Industry Skills Council to develop a proposal for funding that potentially covers all of these areas. Media Release >>

Workplace English Language & Literacy Program (WELL)

The main aim of the WELL Program is to assist organisations to train workers in English language, literacy and numeracy skills. This funding is available on a competitive grants basis to organisations for English language and literacy training linked to job-related workplace training and is designed to help workers meet their current and future employment and training needs. More >>

The 2011-12 Budget includes an expansion of the Workplace English Language and Literacy Program. More than 13,000 additional training places will be available over four years, starting from 1 July 2011. These extra places will target skill shortage areas identified by the newly created National Workforce and Productivity Agency. For further information on this and other Budget initiatives see the Fact Sheets. More >>

State Government Funded Programs


Skilling Queenslanders for Work Initiative:

New South Wales

Government funded vocational training