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Skills Tasmania

Energy and Infrastructure Workforce Development Fund

The 2020 Energy and Infrastructure Workforce Development Fund (the WFD Fund), a Department of State Growth (the Department) program to support Tasmania to build a skilled workforce equipped with the expertise needed for major energy, infrastructure and related initiatives, opens on Friday 16 October 2020. The Program will close at 2pm on Friday 4 December 2020.

The WFD Fund is a key output of the Project Agreement for Energising Tasmania.

The WFD Fund provides grants to eligible organisations to undertake projects and activities that are responsive to the workforce needs of Tasmania’s energy and infrastructure sectors.

The WFD Fund aims to provide an equitable spread of grants across regions, target groups and challenges – as identified by relevant stakeholders.

Specifically, the intention of the WFD Fund will be to support projects that deliver on key recommendations from relevant workforce development planning activity, including those endorsed by the Tasmanian Energy and Infrastructure Workforce Advisory Committee and identified in the Civil Construction Industry Workforce Plan 2019-2025.

Applicants are strongly advised to ensure they read the Program Guide before completing an application.

Future rounds of the WFD Fund will be revised on the basis of the evaluation of this round as new information emerges on the workforce development priorities for the energy and infrastructure sectors in Tasmania.

1Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply, applicants must be:

  1. Industry associations or peak bodies with Tasmanian employers and representatives on the governing body or committee

    OR

  2. A business (or collective) with capacity to represent employers and industry in specific regions of Tasmania

    OR

  3. A lead business or community organisation which is a legal entity and able to demonstrate their capacity to act on behalf of a region or sector

    AND

  4. have an Australian Business Number (ABN).

If the applicant is a government instrumentality, statutory authority, government business enterprise or state-owned company, they must be able to demonstrate in their application that the project activities do not relate to the agency’s core business.

2How do I apply?

Applications are completed and lodged in SmartyGrants.

A Project Plan and Risk Management template can be accessed here.

A Budget template can be accessed here.

3What is the Fund objective?

The objective of the Energy and Infrastructure Workforce Development Fund is to deliver one or more key recommendations identified by the Tasmanian Energy and Infrastructure Workforce Advisory Committee and from the Civil Construction Industry Workforce Plan 2019-2025.

4Is more information available?

One information session will be held for potential applicants to hear about the WFD Fund and to provide an opportunity to ask questions.

The session will be held online via Go To Webinar on Tuesday 27 October 2020, 10am – 11am AEDT.

To register for the information session, please click the following link:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2883673063766709776

5Who can answer questions about the Fund?

The Program Manager is available at wfdfund@skills.tas.gov.au or on 03 6165 6059 to answer questions about the WFD Fund.