Skilled to Succeed Innovation Grants

Skilled to Succeed Innovation Grants

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What is the Skilled to Succeed Innovation Grants?

The Skilled to Succeed Innovation Grants is a program which aims to support projects that develop a future-focused skills system and workforce.



The Skilled to Succeed Innovation Grants program aims to test new and innovative ideas to develop skills needed by industry. Projects where industry, VET providers and higher education institutions work together to develop solutions for existing or emerging areas of skills shortage, will be favourably viewed.

The focus is on supporting priority industry sectors to address critical skills needs.

Priority industry sectors include:

  • renewables and sustainability
  • technology (including cybersecurity and health informatics)
  • building and construction
  • tourism and hospitality
  • care sector (including aged care, childcare, and disability).



The Skilled to Succeed Innovation Grants program aims to:

  • better knowledge of local industry skills needs and training gaps
  • new delivery models for fit-for-purpose training, including using microcredential and partnerships between industry, VET and the higher education sector, and
  • more efficient and connected pathways for all Canberrans to achieve the skills they need to enter the workforce and/or upskill to be fully productive in the workplace.

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Skilled to Succeed Innovation Grants



Organisations can apply for between $10,000 and $90,000 in funding for any single application under the Skilled to Succeed Innovation Grants program.


Eligible Projects

Projects must start from July 2023. Projects can run for either 12 or 24 months depending on the project proposal. 

Types of activities which will be considered for funding under the 2023 Skilled to Succeed Innovation grants program include but are not limited to:

  • the development, prototype, and/or piloting of training products and delivery options to respond to local emerging skills need and evolving technologies. This includes unique training products and delivery options such as:
    • dual-sector micro-credentials, providing a mix of vocational training and higher education to keep workers up to date with technology and industry trends
    • post-trade pathways, including short courses to support upskilling for sustainable construction and renewable energy transition
    • degree apprenticeships, or graduate certificates in knowledge-intensive sectors, to help employers fill jobs immediately.
  • the development of training materials and learning resources for a course and/or trialling the delivery of a course with limited or no delivery in the ACT, which is demonstrably required by ACT employers
  • the development of or trialling innovative and contemporary approaches to training, to achieve outcomes which include expediting student entry into the workforce, and engaging groups of people who can be readily upskilled/reskilled to fill emerging workforce needs
  • collaborative research, feasibility and/ or training needs analysis to identify current skill capability, capacity and emerging skills needs at the local and industry level. These projects would include the identification of innovative evidence-based approaches designed to achieve tangible outcomes in support of a responsive, flexible, future-focused ACT skills system and workforce
  • innovation and support that tackle barriers to students completing VET courses in areas of high workforce demand such as caring/health VET courses.


Eligible Applicants

Applications will be accepted from individual businesses and organisations, including:

  • education and training providers or other organisations with training as a key focus of their business
  • industry associations
  • employers
  • group training organisations.

Applicants must also:

  • be operating in the ACT with a business address in the ACT
  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • be registered for goods and services tax (GST) if applicable
  • have current public liability insurance to a minimum level of $10 million
  • have workers compensation insurance.

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Skilled to Succeed Innovation Grants



Applications close 31 March 2023.


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