What is “Skilling Queenslanders for Work?”

The Queensland Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) initiative represents a significant investment of $420 million over six years to support up to 54,000 Queenslanders into work.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work funds training and support for unemployed or underemployed people, with a focus on young people (including those in and transitioned from out-of-home care), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, mature-age jobseekers, women re-entering the workforce, veterans and ex-service personnel, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. As there are different program types available across Queensland under the SQW initiative, please click here for further information.

Challenge Employment and Training offer several programs under the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative. As part of our involvement in these programs, we offer services as a Community Based Organisation (CBO) while partnering with an external Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and/or our own internal RTO – Challenge Employment and Training (RTO Code 5388).

Community Work Skills

Community Work Skills assists disadvantaged Queensland job seekers and low skilled workers to gain nationally recognised skills and qualifications up to a Certificate III level. To view the Community Work Skills Fact Sheet, please click here.


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Aged Care

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Warehousing and Logistics

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Work Skills Traineeships

Work Skills Traineeships enable long-term unemployed and disadvantaged job seekers to be employed for up to six months on community, construction or environmental projects. To view the Work Skills Traineeship Fact Sheet, please click here.



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Conservation & Land Management

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Eligibility Criteria

These programs primarily target Queensland residents who either:

  • are ineligible for Australian Government employment services or assistance; or
  • require complementary services because they have significant barriers to learning and employment; or
  • have accessed Australian Government services for more than six months and remain unemployed.

To be eligible, disadvantaged Queenslanders must also:

  • be aged 15 years or older
  • be no longer at school;
  • permanently reside in Queensland; and
  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident (includes humanitarian entrant), temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or a New Zealand citizen.

Existing or prior qualifications are not a requirement, as Work Skills Traineeships and Community Work Skills provides a second chance for participants to retrain and gain new qualifications.

It is important to note that Work Skills Traineeships and Community Work Skills Programs are delivered at no cost to participants.

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