What is “WorkReady”?

WorkReady is a South Australian government initiative that brings together funding for training, employment and skills activities. WorkReady is about targeting training and employment opportunities to the needs of people, strategic industries and regions. Individuals need to meet course entry requirements and verify their eligibility for enrolment before being enrolled in a government subsidised training place.


What Does WorkReady Offer?

WorkReady has been designed so that students, job seekers, employers, industry, the training sectors and government have the flexibility to respond to changing social, geographic and economic circumstances and opportunities.

The Government wants people to be in the best position to successfully complete their training course or employment project and move into higher level qualifications and/or a job.

Participants receive an upfront assessment of their learning and support needs which includes using a foundation skills assessment tool. This identifies literacy and numeracy issues that need to be immediately addressed.

Based on the assessment and individual preferences, people are able to access training, employment and skills development options from three streams of WorkReady activity:

  • Preparatory – includes foundation literacy and numeracy skills courses, prevocational courses and Adult Community Education (ACE) courses
  • Industry entry level – includes courses designed for direct entry into a job, traineeship or apprenticeship; and employment projects developed with employers at the local and regional level for job seekers who have barriers to employment
  • Upskilling – higher level courses, skill sets and skill clusters, usually undertaken by people already in a job to improve their skills or to reskill. This stream will include a selection of priority courses identified through industry consultation that are imperative to meeting the government’s economic and strategic objectives.


Are You Eligible?

You may be eligible for a government subsidised training place if you either live or work in South Australia, and you are:

  • an Australian or
  • New Zealand citizen, or a permanent Australian resident, or
  • the holder of an eligible visa (Visa types as below).


You also need to be one of the following:

  • aged 16 years or over and not enrolled at school, or
  • aged 16 years or over, enrolled in school and undertaking training through the Training Guarantee for SACE Students (TGSS), or
  • undertaking training through a training contract as an apprentice or trainee in identified courses.


Eligible individuals may be able to access:

  • one foundation skills course (if you are assessed to need it)
  • up to five bridging units at every qualification level (if assessed to need them)
  • unlimited priority courses.

Check your eligibility by click here, and to view details on the Subsidised Training List, please click here.

For more information on WorkReady, please visit the Government of South Australia Department of Industry and Skills website here at www.skills.sa.gov.au

How can you apply

Call us at 1300 120 457 or send an e-mail to info@queensford.edu.au to apply. Our supportive Course Advisors will provide you with more information and assist you through every step of the enrolment process.

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