Skilling Queenslanders for Work

Everyone should have access to the training they need to open doors to employment opportunities.

This is why Major Training has partnered with Five Bridges to get involved in Skilling Queenslanders for Work, an initiative that provides training to Queenslanders who are underutilised or underemployed.

Funded by the Queensland Government, Skilling Queenslanders for Work provides direct assistance to those who need support to gain the qualifications and skills required to enter and stay in the workforce.

So no matter your situation or your background, you get a fair go at getting qualified.


About the Initiative

Five Bridges offers eligible candidates a pathway to employment through upskilling with Skilling Queenslanders for Work.

Upon completion, the participant will gain a Certificate in the chosen field, and Five Bridges will then work with them to find employment in that field.

Eligibility criteria includes:

  • Rights to work in Australia
  • Not currently working or studying full time
  • Have not completed an SQW Program before
  • Have not completed the relevant Certificate previously.

While Five Bridges can’t guarantee employment, many companies endorse their programs and are willing to offer ‘working trials’ to successful candidates.

Five Bridges works closely with these organisations to make sure participants are given a working trial rather than a standard interview.

It can be tough to impress someone in a 10-minute interview; these working trials allow participants to really demonstrate their skills and knowledge.

Five Bridges has a 75% employment gain following completion of a course.

Read the official factsheet here for more information about the initiative.


Our Past and Current Courses

Major Training has had success with many Skilling Queenslanders for Work programs over the years – our current program being a Certificate III in Surface Extraction.

Outline of this Skilling Queenslanders for Work program:

  • Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations (RII30115)
  • Started April 1st
  • Has 28 participants
  • Goes for 8 weeks
  • Runs 2-4 days a week.

Our most recent program was a Certificate III in Driving Operations, which saw great success as 60% of participants completed the course and received their HR truck licence.

Other past programs include Certificate I Construction, Certificate II in Logistics, and Certificate II in Recourses and Infrastructure Work Preparation.

Some highlights of these programs included:

  • 16 female participants
  • 100% completion rate
  • 15 out of 16 participants secured employment in the construction industry.

How to Get Involved

Community-based not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding to begin projects in local communities all across Queensland.

Some programs also allow local council and school ‘Parents and Citizens’ and ‘Parents and Friends’ associations to apply for funding for projects.

You can learn more about applying on the Skilling Queenslanders for Work applications page.

Or to learn how you can partner with Major Training to provide nationally recognised qualifications to Queenslanders, call us on 1300 790 822.