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Training and Work Pathways

Training and Work Pathways Program

2018 round now closed for applications.

The Training and Work Pathways Program (the Program), is the Department of State Growth’s key program to address disadvantage in VET, and supports innovative, targeted projects that support opportunities for Tasmanians facing disadvantage and experiencing barriers to participation in education, training and employment.

The Program can assist a wide variety of projects. Applications must identify the disadvantage and barriers to training and employment that will be addressed, and – where training is to be delivered – detail those support services that will assist access and successful participation. Applicants must also articulate a clear pathway to employment and/ or further education outcomes.

Successful applicants will receive Grants for innovative, targeted projects that support opportunities for people facing point-in-time disadvantage and experiencing barriers to participation in VET and employment.

The Program can support a range of organisations, and projects can involve a wide variety of activities. This might include:

  • action research;
  • supported work exposure and placements;
  • the adaption of proven practices to new areas;
  • work readiness, foundation, entry-level training;
  • Industry and employer-led initiatives to strengthen capacity to employ Tasmanians facing barriers;
  • systemic change initiatives that address root causes of disengagement from education and employment; or
  • new models or initiatives to test how education can be accessed by Tasmanians facing barriers.

This list is not definitive, and projects may deliver a range of other activities focused on both the supply and demand side of training and employment.

Program Objectives

The following are specific program objectives sought by the Program:

  • To increase participation by Tasmanians facing disadvantage in education-related activities that will help people facing barriers into employment.
  • Collaborative relationships between Tasmanians facing disadvantage, community organisations, industry, employers and training organisations to improve life chances in relation to education, training and employment.
  • Identifying existing barriers and proposing targeted solutions to enhance the employment potential and opportunities for disadvantaged Tasmanians to engage productively in education and employment.
  • Expand and sustain learning opportunities by supporting innovative community-based learning of various kinds that lead towards increasing participation in education and employment.
  • Improve the quality of learning experiences and outcomes by promoting learning opportunities in new and flexible ways, especially with regard to location and delivery arrangements.
  • Provide supported pathways for Tasmanians facing disadvantage to better access effective transitions into apprenticeships and traineeships; and/ or undertake activities that assist employers and industry to address barriers and blockages to recruiting Tasmanians facing barriers to commencing and successfully completing apprenticeships/ traineeships.

Other Information

Enquiries about this program should be directed to the Program Manager, Kris McCracken at or 03 6165 6037.