2021 ACE Grants Program

Adult Community Education Grants Program

 

Funding rounds

The ACT Adult Community Education Grants (ACE) Program is administered via an annual competitive funding round.

The 2020-21 funding round is now closed. The 2021-22 funding round will be announced in the second half of 2021. Please subscribe to Skills Canberra news to ensure you receive notifications. Information about the funding round will also be published on this webpage once available.

 

About the ACT ACE Grants Program

The ACT ACE Grants Program provides funding for the delivery of quality foundation skills training in accessible and inclusive community settings, to support Canberrans experiencing barriers to learning, training and work.

Adult Community Education plays a critical and unique role alongside Canberra’s vocational education and training sector.

The ACT ACE Grants Program has been in operation since 1998. This demonstrates the ACT Government’s ongoing commitment to working collaboratively with not-for-profit community organisations and registered training organisations to maximise positive outcomes from the ACE sector in the ACT.

The ACE Grants Program supports the delivery of accredited and non-accredited foundation skills learning activities. These activities enable participants ― aged 17 years or older ― to engage in informal learning that makes formal training possible and future employment more likely.

 

Information for existing funding recipients

Program Guidelines:

Reporting:

For questions about the reporting requirements and timeframes, please refer to your Deed of Grant or email Skills Canberra.

For questions or issues relating to SmartyGrants, please email Finance and Business Services.

 

Additional information

The following resources are intended to provide guidance to funding recipients for the delivery of non-accredited training as part of an ACE program.

The following examples have been provided to assist applicants in mapping non-accredited ACE activities to elements within the accredited Foundation Skills Training Package units of competency.

Example 1

  • ACE course focus: Connect and work with others
  • Skill level 1: A novice in connecting and working with others
  • Targeted participants: Youth at risk (aged 17 to 24 years)

Refer to Mapping non-accredited modules to FSK units - Example 1 (XLSX 12KB) or (PDF 90KB)

Example 2

  • ACE course focus: Manage career and work life
  • Skill level 2: An advanced beginner in managing career and work life
  • Targeted participants: Unemployed, underemployed or not in the labourforce, with no post-school qualifications

Refer to Mapping non-accredited modules to FSK units - Example 2 (XLSX 13KB) or (PDF 94KB)

A Completed Example of a Training and Learning Plan (DOCX 30KB) or (PDF 362KB) has been provided to assist applicants.

The example Training and Learning Plan refers to the use of an Observation Checklist for ACE Course as an assessment tool. It is recommended that applicants factor the requirement to track individual participants’ progress into their project budgets. For successful applicants, additional funding has been provided to support this requirement.

ACE Providers are welcome to use, or adjust, these checklists as needed.

The checklists can be used for a range of assessment approaches, including peer assessment, self-assessment and facilitator/trainer assessment, depending on the unique needs of each participant. Combining all three approaches is also a reliable and valid method of assessment.

The following resources are intended to provide guidance for applicants seeking to provide non-accredited training. These examples provide additional information to assist applicants to better understand the changed requirements for designing, delivering, assessing and reporting of non-accredited ACE projects.

Foundation Skills Implementation Guide

Non-accredited ACE training must be mapped to the Foundation Skills (FSK) Training Package. Refer to the Foundation Skills Implementation Guide version 1.1 and the Foundation Skills Training Package Implementation Guide: Appendix A: Factors affecting delivery and assessment v1.1 on the VETNet website which provides some background information about the FSK Training Package.

Employability skills

Refer to the Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework on the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business website for information about employability skills.

List of approved modules

Nominal hours

Nominal hours are the hours of training notionally required to achieve the outcomes described by a unit. They have been provided to support ACE applicants to determine their proposed budget.

Applicants delivering non-accredited modules can use nominal hours for accredited units as a guide for calculating an approximate number of face-to-face hours per participant per non-accredited module. To obtain the nominal hours for a module, divide the nominal hours for a unit by the number of elements within that unit.

They nominally represent the anticipated hours of supervised learning and/or training required by the average ACE participant in a group learning session. ACE Providers may wish to adjust the planned training hours depending on the delivery method (e.g. one-on-one) and learning needs of individual participants. For a list of the modules and their nominal hours refer to the:

Standard enrolment form

Standard enrolment questions may assist non-RTO ACE providers to understand how to collect and report ACE participant data in a compliant format.


 
2021 FSFJ Grants Program

Future Skills for Future Jobs Grants Program

 

Funding rounds

The Future Skills for Future Jobs Grants (FSFJ) Program is administered via an annual competitive funding round.

The 2020-21 funding round is now closed. The 2021-22 funding round will be announced in the second half of 2021. Please subscribe to subscribe to Skills Canberra news to ensure you receive notification of the next funding round. Information about the funding round will also be published on this webpage once available.

 

About the Future Skills for Future Jobs Grants Program

The FSFJ Grants Program provides funding for innovative projects that promote market diversity and aim to increase the number of Australian Apprenticeship commencements in the ACT. The program aligns with objectives of the National Partnership on the Skilling Australians Fund (NPSAF).

Expressions of interest (EOI) for a FSFJ Grant may be submitted by businesses and organisations. Shortlisted applicants are invited to participate in a co-development process with Skills Canberra. Projects funded via the FSFJ Grants Program:

  • include industry partners or are industry-led
  • identify new pathway opportunities for Australian Apprenticeships
  • promote market diversification and productivity
  • contribute to achieving the ACT targets under the NPSAF.

The FSFJ Grants Program is an ACT Government initiative delivered with funding support from the ACT and Australian Governments as part of the ACT’s commitments for the NPSAF.

 

Information for existing funding recipients

Program Guidelines:

Reporting:

For questions about the reporting requirements and timeframes, please refer to your Deed of Grant or email Skills Canberra.

For questions or issues relating to SmartyGrants, please email Finance and Business Services.