Youth Skills funding program

The Youth Skills program provides up to $1 million in funding for 2018–19 as part of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

Funding is available for a maximum 12 month term to support young people aged 15–24 who are engaged with Youth Justice (YJ) or Queensland Corrective Services (QCS).

What the program funds

Youth Skills has a project-based delivery model for organisations to deliver customised training opportunities that include:

  • nationally recognised training to gain qualifications (including foundation skills) up to certificate III level and delivered in a community-based setting
  • integrated learner support including career advice, job preparation skills and case management.

Who can apply for funding

The funding is available to community-based organisations with the required experience, to work with young people aged 15–24 years who are engaged with YJ or QCS.

Who the program supports

To be eligible, your training participants must be:

  • aged 15–24 and no longer at school
  • engaged with YJ or QCS
  • 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.

Your training participants will primarily be those who:

  • are ineligible for Australian Government employment services or assistance
  • require complementary services because they have significant barriers to learning and employment


  • have accessed Australian Government services for more than 6 months and remain unemployed.

How to apply

Read about the Youth Skills program application process and get the application guidelines and form.