Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative
Fourth Action Plan actions
- Improve support and service system responses
- 17 Collaborate across services, sectors and workforces to ensure responses to women affected by domestic, family and sexual violence are coordinated, meet women’s needs, avoid women having to retell their story and promote their recovery.
What are we doing?
Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) represents a suite of skills and training programs that assist a range of targeted equity groups with skills development, nationally recognised training and job opportunities. Women returning to work and young people, including those in and transitioned from out-of-home care, are key target groups.
For participants experiencing domestic and family violence, SQW provides customised support in a safe community-based setting and represents a longer-term strategy leading to employment and financial independence. Broader social and support networks are also available on the project-based delivery model offered under SQW.
Projects can provide work experience alongside nationally recognised training; and job search and readiness skills including where to look for work, how to apply for work, help to understand employer expectations, resume preparation and writing, and job interview skills. Most community-based organisations also offer a period of post-participation support.
A key feature is the delivery of appropriate specialist or support services to address personal, health and social issues so disadvantaged participants can overcome identified barriers to learning and employment.
The highly successful SQW initiative represents a total funding commitment of $420 million over six years to assist a minimum of 54,000 disadvantaged people, with $80 million to be invested across the state in 2019–20.
What have we achieved so far?
The results of the SQW first funding round for 2019–20 were announced in July 2019. Micah Projects Limited was awarded $231,000 under the Work Skills Traineeships program to employ 8 disadvantaged people, including women experiencing domestic violence, as trainees to work at Micah’s two social enterprise cafes located in West End and South Brisbane.
The trainees will undertake a Certificate I in Hospitality and undertake kitchenhand duties, food preparation, and catering and customer service, offering a clear pathway to the hospitality industry. Micah’s service areas include providing case management for families, women and children; domestic violence support; homelessness support; mental health and disability support. Micah was also offered a long-term contract. The project commenced in August 2019, with two trainees already recruited.
What is next?
This initiative will continue to provide training, skills development and employment based opportunities to women affected by domestic and family violence through the SQW.
What difference will we make?
The Queensland Government expects to see that:
- There is an increased percentage of domestic and family violence victims who feel safe and supported to re-enter the workforce
- There is an increased percentage of participating organisations that report changes in policy and/or approach to domestic and family violence.