The Morrison Government has funded a new project through the second round of its National Careers Institute’s Partnership Grants program, which will improve local career pathways and boost skills development for Toowoomba Region job seekers.
As part of round two of the Partnership Grants program, the Morrison Government has committed $5.8 million to 16 projects around the country, all chosen to help organisations deliver innovative career guidance services to a wide range of Australians.
In Toowoomba, WorkRestart Social Enterprises Ltd will deliver a project partnering with business and career advisers in South East Queensland to develop and implement a suite of innovative career development interventions for prisoners and their employers.
Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, Stuart Robert, said it’s vital Australians get the best possible advice when looking for a new career.
‘We want Australians to be at the centre of our skills-led economic recovery, so they need to have access to the best possible career advice,’ Minister Robert said.
‘These 16 projects across the nation will help back Australians to find new skills by forging better connections between industry, employers, schools, tertiary providers and community organisations.’
Member for Groom Garth Hamilton said the Toowoomba project will ensure people have access to tailored resources so they can make vital career decisions based on the best possible advice.
‘The NCI’s Partnership Grants program is helping the Toowoomba Region community to deliver a truly unique initiative that will help open up a range of career pathways, provide a timely boost to local employers and give those people with a career aspiration the confidence they need to pursue their dreams,’ Mr Hamilton said.
Minister Robert also announced round three applications will open on 20 October, with an additional $10 million of grants on offer.
‘The focus of third-round grant funding will be on improving career pathways and information for women, particularly in non-traditional industries and occupations,’ Minister Robert said.
‘This grant funding round, included in the Women’s Economic Security Package announced in the 2021-22 Federal Budget, forms part of our record $6.4 billion investment in skills, guaranteeing pathways to a better future for Australians.’
The Morrison Government’s National Careers Institute (NCI) ensures Australians have access to reliable and accurate careers information, resources, and support.
For more information, visit the National Careers Institute at www.dese.gov.au/nci