Connecting Women to Trades Grant Round

The grant round will enable eligible organisations to engage with Smart and Skilled providers to deliver fee-free part qualifications. Funded projects will offer an introductory experience and targeted support for women considering a career in trades.

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Important dates

The following dates are indicative and apply to the first grant round:

  • Applications open Tuesday 2 November 2021
  • Grant Round Webinar Wednesday 10 November 2021 at 2:00pm AEST
  • Applications close Tuesday 7 December 2021 at 5:00pm AEST
  • Applicants advised of outcome in late December 2021
  • Grant round projects announced in January 2022
  • Projects are to be completed by 30 June 2022
  • A second grant round is planned for 2022/23 with further details to be advised

Key objectives

The grant round will increase the representation of women in trades through:

  1. Increasing the appeal of trades
  2. Removing cultural and societal barriers
  3. Supporting learning to maximise vocational outcomes

Outcomes will be achieved through targeted training (accredited and non-accredited) and career information sessions.

Grant amounts

The 2021/2022 funding for the Connecting Women to Trades Grant Round is $200,000 (GST exclusive).

Organisations may apply for amounts up to $30,000 (GST exclusive).

Eligible applicants

To be eligible to apply for a grant, an organisation must be:

  • A legal entity with the capacity to contract
  • Currently operating in NSW
  • Registered for GST and have an ABN
  • Covered by public liability insurance
  • Financially viable

Ineligible applicants

  • Federal or State Government entities
  • Registered Training Organisations

Eligible participants

Project participants must meet the following Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria:

  • 15 years or older at the time of enrolment
  • No longer be at school
  • Living or working in NSW
  • Australian Citizens, permanent residents, humanitarian visa holders or NZ citizens

Projects are to engage participants that are motivated to achieve training and employment outcomes, particularly if provided an appropriate level of support.

Project Requirements

Three components:

1. Career information session/s

Engage with industry representatives and/or qualified tradespeople to deliver career information session/s.

2. Delivery of accredited training

Engage with an approved Smart and Skilled Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to facilitate the delivery of 2-4 units of accredited training.

3. Delivery of non-accredited training

Deliver non-accredited training that aligns with the grant round objectives.

Application process

Steps to submit a grant application include;

Contact us

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Page last updated: 23 November 2021