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Training and Work Pathways Program 2020 is now open

The 2020 Training and Work Pathways Program (the Program), a Department of State Growth (the Department) program to increase participation in training and employment by Tasmanians facing disadvantage, opened on Saturday 9 November 2019. The Program will close at 2pm on Monday 9 December 2019.

The Program provides grants to eligible individuals or organisations to undertake targeted activities that address specific disadvantages that impact on the ability of a target group or groups to accessing and participating in training and employment.

The Program aims to provide an equitable spread of grants across regions, target groups and disadvantages.

Projects often have multiple stakeholders who each deliver specific specialised services to project participants.

Stakeholders include organisations that support Tasmanians facing disadvantage (including community, training and government organisations), individual employers and industry organisations.

Training can be either nationally recognised or non-nationally recognised.

Projects for training that is not nationally recognised must clearly show how they will lead to either nationally recognised training and/or employment for the target group and that they do not replicate existing activity funded through other programs.

What’s changed for 2020?

There have been a number of changes to the Program and applicants are strongly advised to ensure they read the Applicant Guide (PDF) (DOC) before completing an application.

The changes include the removal of research as an eligible project focus, less emphasis on innovation where an application builds on existing successful Training and Work Pathways Program projects and a requirement for each project to be for a period of 12 months, with possible extensions offered by Skills Tasmania to applicants who are able to successfully meet their project deliverables.

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply, applicants must be:

  1. a community service organisation, club, community-based association, charity, trust or educational institution that is an incorporated body, or under a formal auspice arrangement with a community service organisation that is incorporated


  2. a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)


  3. be an individual or organisation carrying on business in a VET-related field that has been operating for a period of no less than two years, with a relationship with a community organisation and other relevant stakeholders


  4. have an Australian Business Number (ABN)

Government agencies (departments), government business enterprises and state-owned companies are eligible to apply if the project activities do not relate to the agency’s core business.

How do I apply?

Applications are completed and lodged in SmartyGrants. The application can be found at: SmartyGrants application

Applicants are required to complete and attach two templates to the application:

What are the Program objectives?

The objectives of the Training and Work Pathways Program are:

  • To increase participation in nationally recognised or non-nationally recognised training that leads to employment for Tasmanians facing disadvantage.
  • To support the development of collaborative relationships between Tasmanians facing disadvantage, community organisations, industry, employers and training organisations to increase access to and participation in training and/or employment.
  • To provide targeted solutions to enhance the employment potential of Tasmanians facing disadvantage.
  • To create sustainable and tailored training opportunities for Tasmanians facing disadvantage that address the learning needs of the target group/s and lead to increased participation in further training and in employment.
  • Improve the quality of training experiences and outcomes by promoting training in new and flexible ways, especially with regard to location, training methods and the involvement of employers and/or industry bodies.

Is more information available?

Two information sessions will be held for potential applicants to hear about the program, the major changes and to provide an opportunity to ask questions:

  • 12 November at 2pm
  • 15 November at 11am

The sessions will be held online via Go To Webinar.

To register your attendance at one of the two sessions, please visit the following link:

Who can answer questions about the Program?

The Program manager, Deb Wilcox, is available at or on 03 6165 6060 to answer questions about the Program.

Which projects have been funded in previous years?

Enquiries about existing projects should be directed to the Contact Officer, Kelly Dixon at

Enquiries about this program should be directed to the Contact Officer, Kelly Dixon at