The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government today opened grant applications for industry projects that will deliver more apprenticeship and trainee opportunities and pathways for Canberrans.
The 2020-21 Future Skills for Future Jobs Grants Program will provide $990,000 for innovative projects delivered in partnership with industry to increase the uptake of Australian Apprenticeships.
Minister for Skills, Chris Steel, said the projects funded through the Future Skills for Future Jobs Grants Program would create more jobs and address future workforce needs in the ACT.
“The Future Skills for Future Jobs Grants Program provides another important part of our plan to create and protect over 250,000 local jobs by 2025. It also complements the $16.75 million Job Trainer fund which provides free training places for jobseekers and school leavers,” Minister Steel said.
“The program will support Canberrans to attain skills that will be in high demand in the future and skills that will provide ongoing job opportunities here in the ACT.”
The program is open to a range of organisations including employers, industry associations, community organisations, Registered Training Organisations and Group Training Organisations. The maximum amount of funding that can be sought is $300,000 per project.
2019-20 Grant Recipients included:
- The Women in Construction Pathways Program – this program aimed to create Australian School-based Apprenticeship opportunities for young women wanting to commence a career in the building and construction industry. The project is a collaboration between the Australian Training Company (ATC), the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), the ACT Office for Women and the ACT Government’s Education Directorate.
- The AMC Building Future Careers Program – Quality Training in Construction has developed a Certificate II in Construction program to address the needs of the Alexander Maconochie Centre to help with the transitioning to release of detainees and ex-detainees from The Transitional Release Centre (TRC). Participants will be supported to complete the Certificate II in Construction; building an outdoor entertainment area as part of their coursework. Bespoke mentoring support will be offered throughout the program and during the transition into a workplace post-release.
Further information about the Future Skills for Future Jobs Grants Program is available on the Skills Canberra website at www.skills.act.gov.au/grants