Foundation Skills for Your Future Program

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The Australian Government is providing $62.4 million over four years, to 30 June 2023, to support eligible Australians develop their Language, Literacy, Numeracy and Digital literacy (LLND) skills to support them to undertake further education and training, remain in employment or change jobs.

The Australian Government’s $52.5 million Foundation Skills for Your Future Program (the Program) and the $9.9 million Remote Community Pilots initiatives are part of the $585 million Skills Package Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow.

Foundation Skills for Your Future Program

Eligible employed or recently unemployed Australians can undertake free accredited and non-accredited training to improve their language, literacy, numeracy and digital (LLND) skills to support them in the workplace.

Employers seeking to develop the skills of their workforce to meet current and future skills needs can contact one of the approved Service Providers in their region to develop a project to deliver LLND skills training that meets both their and their employee needs.

Foundation Skills for Your Future Program projects

The Program provides flexible training options for eligible participants, aimed at up to Certificate II level, to support participant’s LLND skills learning needs. Approved Service Providers can submit applications to deliver the following types of projects:

  • Employer Workplace Training projects: An employer or industry-specific workplace training project developed in collaboration with an employer or industry organisation to deliver tailored accredited and or/non-accredited LLND training for employees, and
  • Personalised Training: a client centered approach providing tailored accredited and/or non-accredited LLND training through flexible delivery models to accommodate individual learning needs.

Service Providers delivering projects are required to assess participant’s LLN skills using the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) and digital literacy skills using the Digital Literacy Skills Framework (DLSF) . Service Providers will identify the participant’s LLND skills needs and develop appropriate workplace and personalised training, using the frameworks to assess the benefits for participants.

Foundation Skills For Your Future Program Contracted Projects - Round One

New South Wales

TAFE NSWEN Ready Program Project

This project will be delivered to an aged care provider in NSW experiencing a shortage in nursing staff. The project aims for participants to have the LLND skills and confidence to complete entry requirements into the Diploma of Endorsed Enrolled Nursing and continue on to successfully complete the course and progress their careers.

TAFE NSWBuilding LLND Skills for Individual Needs Project

This project will be delivered across five locations in NSW to provide learners with new personalised learning opportunities to develop their LLND skills through training customised to their specific needs and life contexts using three new non-accredited courses constructed around a personalised learning process: LLND for Personal and Community Use; LLND for Workplace and Employment; and LLND for Education & Training.

Navitas – Communications and Digital Skills for Small Business Project

This project will be delivered to a Sydney-based employer that employs and trains refugees in the construction industry. The project will focus on developing workplace communication skills, with a strong focus on speaking, listening effectively and improving digital skills. The project also aims to develop participants work prospects outside their own cultural communities and across the Australian landscape.

Joblink Plus – Key Skills for Carers #1 Project

This project will be delivered to an employee cohort for a community care employer at Booragul NSW. This project will focus on developing the foundation skills required to accurately complete workplace documentation and reporting and communicating by electronic means for community care staff. Outcomes includes improved employee confidence, and better health care.

Joblink Plus – Key Skills for Carers #2 Project

This project will be delivered to a second employee cohort for a community care employer at Booragul NSW. This project will focus on developing the foundation skills required to accurately complete workplace documentation and reporting and communicating by electronic means for community care staff. Outcomes includes improved employee confidence, and better health care.

Northern Territory

Charles Darwin University – Refresh, Revive, Renew Project

This project will be delivered to Darwin-based participants who wish to improve their employment, study options and improve community and civic engagement through strengthening their LLND skills.

Charles Darwin University – English and Digital Skills Development for Work Project

This project will be delivered to a remote Northern Territory community to develop the reading, writing, numeracy and digital skills of Indigenous youth and adults who are at risk of disengaging from employment.

Charles Darwin University – Helping People Achieve Project

This project will be delivered to a Winnellie employer in the Northern Territory to assess employees writing and reading skills in the first week and tailor training to meet their needs.

Charles Darwin University – New Chapters New Beginnings Project

This project will be delivered to a disability support organisation in Casuarina. The project will develop the report writing skills of disability support workers to improve compliance and safety and enable current staff to progress their careers. The project will provide face-to-face delivery as requested by the employer.

Charles Darwin University – Literacy and Communication Skills for Childcare Workers Project

This project will be delivered to an Alice Springs early childcare centre to educators who speak English as an additional language. The project aims to improve the reading and writing skills of employees by increasing their ability to comprehend and interpret workplace texts and develop confidence and competence in English communication skills (speaking and listening) to facilitate clearer messaging in the workplace context, improving their productivity and client outcomes.

Charles Darwin University – Team Health Project

This project will be delivered to health sector employees in Berrimah. The project is designed to meet identified employee LLND needs, including writing and digital skills for mental health workers to improve the quality of case notes, reports and emails, which will improve their efficiency and client health outcomes.

Queensland

Designer Life – Rediscover Your Foundation Project

This project will be delivered to displaced aviation industry employees in Nundah. Training will be delivered as accredited Foundation Skills units of competency and non-accredited digital skills training complemented with a range of participant-selected non-accredited elective units.

Designer Life – Discover New Skills for Indigenous Australians Project

This project will be delivered to a Strathpine Indigenous community. An Indigenous Liaison Officer will support participants by connecting cultural needs with the project's educational offerings through personal contact and LLND contextualisation. Training will be delivered as accredited Foundation Skills units of competency and non-accredited digital training complemented with a range of participant-selected non-accredited elective units.

Designer Life – Discover Your Potential Youth Project  

This project will be delivered to Toowoomba youth. Training will be delivered as accredited Foundation Skills units of competency and non-accredited digital training complemented with a range of participant-selected non-accredited elective units.

STEPS Group – Digital Awareness Training Project

This project is being delivered to a Bundaberg employer. The project is designed to improve efficiency and client outcomes by developing the digital skills of mature support workers to better engage with the employer’s digital platforms.

STEPS Group – Support Services Digital Awareness Training Project

This project is being delivered to an employer providing National Disability Insurance Scheme and child protection services in Bundaberg. The project will deliver non-accredited digital literacy and writing skills training to front line staff to improve workforce confidence, effectiveness and efficiency.

Victoria

The Centre for Continuing Education – Skilling the NDIS for a Digital World Project

This project is being delivered to participants in Shepparton and Alexandra. The project will develop LLND skills for NDIS workers and those wishing to enter the sector to ensure appropriate skill development to undertake and maintain their roles in the disability sector, cope with the rapidly changing NDIS sector, and embrace technology to better meet the needs of their clients.

Panel of approved Service Providers

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment has established a panel of pre-approved Service Providers to deliver the new Program.

Service Providers

Employers

Individuals

Contact us

For further information contact a Service Provider in your region or email Employment-FoundationSkills@dese.gov.au