The Queensland Government recently reinstated the highly successful Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative as part of its broader Working Queensland jobs plan.

In 2015–16, $2 million will be available for private sector employers across Queensland to create 1,000 new traineeships or apprenticeships to be administered by the Department of Education and Training (DET).

People who have undertaken a Skilling Queenslanders for Work program will attract a Work Start incentive for their private sector employer, paid once the eligible trainee or apprentice completes three months (defined as 91 days) of employment.

MTA Queensland (MTAQ) is delivering the highly regarded Auto Initiation Program as part of this initiative and your business can apply for a $2000 employment incentive if you choose to take on an eligible trainee or apprentice from this program.


MTAQ’s Auto Initiation Program


The MTAQ’s Auto Initiation Program is designed to provide skills development, training and job opportunities to unemployed, disengaged or disadvantaged Queenslanders through a suite of programs co-delivered by MTAQ and MTA Institute (MTAI).

Falling under the Community Work Skills element of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative, Auto Initiation is a nine-week program course delivered by MTA Institute trainers to regional areas including the Gold Coast, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, the Sunshine Coast, Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Townsville and Mount Isa.

If you are a private sector employer, including a group training organisation, or non-government organisation, who signs up an eligible person as a trainee or apprentice, you will be able to apply for the one-off incentive payment of $2000.

Private sector employers are being encouraged to complete a Work Start incentive application form within one month of the trainee or apprentice commencing their employment. The application form needs to be signed by the employer and the trainee or apprentice.

Completed application forms are to be emailed to [email protected]

For more information on the 2016 Skilling Queenslanders for Work Work Start Guidelines for funding 2016-17, please view the PDF. More information on the MTAQ’s Auto Initiation Program can also be found by viewing PDF course flyer.

This Skilling Queenslanders for Work project is proudly funded and supported by the Queensland Government.