Adult Community Education Grants Program

Applications for Round 1 of the 2019 ACT Adult Community Education (ACE) Grants Program has now closed. 7 projects were successful. Congratulations to those recipients.

News relating to future application rounds for the ACT ACE Grants Program will be posted when available.

Adult Community Education (ACE) 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. 21 years of ACE funding demonstrates the dedication of the ACT Government 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 is recognised as a vehicle for the delivery of accredited and non-accredited foundation skills learning activities with far reaching potential for individual empowerment and development. Importantly, these broad-based activities also teach participants ― aged 17 years or older ― how to engage in informal learning that makes formal training possible and future employment more likely.

The 21st anniversary is an auspicious time to implement a fresh approach to ACE Grants funding. The new model for the ACT ACE Grants Program is underpinned by 6 reform directions.

  1. Support the sustainability of the ACE sector by enhancing funding security and support for administration costs.
  2. Optimise the capacity of ACE providers and promote best practice.
  3. Implement a framework for outcomes-focused project design, delivery and reporting to establish a stronger evidence base for the contribution of the ACE sector to the ACT’s education and training effort.
  4. Promote and share resources for ACE providers to maximise the vocational intent of non-accredited education and training.
  5. Facilitate auspicing and partnership arrangements which increase access by individuals to vocationally focused training.
  6. Collaborate with the Australian Government to maximise the positive contribution of ACE Providers towards achieving the vocational education and training and employment outcomes sought by the National Partnership Agreement on the Skilling Australians Fund.

Refer to the 2019 ACT Adult Community Education Grants Program - Round 2 - Application Guidelines (Online) or (PDF 331KB) for further information.

Mandatory attachment for all applications

Please note that all applications must upload at least one Training and Learning Plan Template (DOCX 24KB) or (PDF 283KB).

Mandatory attachment for joint project applications

Please note that all joint applications must upload a Project Partner Organisation Declaration (DOC 138KB) or (PDF 112KB) for each project partner (except for the lead organisation).

 

Under the new ACE Grants program, Skills Canberra has committed to promoting and sharing resources for ACE providers to maximise the vocational intent of non-accredited education and training.

The following resources are intended to provide guidance for applicants seeking to deliver 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.

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.

Skills Canberra intends to publish more Observation Checklists for relevant non-accredited FSK modules in the future.

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.

Successful applicants will be required to report their ACE project participants’ progress using standardised fields and procedures compliant with national reporting requirements. Progress reports will be due on a 6-monthly basis.

It is recommended that applicants factor the new reporting requirements into their project budgets. For successful applicants, additional funding has been provided to support this requirement.

A Worked Example of 6 Month Report (XLSX 13KB) or (PDF 32KB) is provided that matches the course content in the example Training and Learning Plan provided above.

This report is a simplified example and is intended as a general guide only. The actual reporting requirements will be set out in the Deeds of Grant for successful applicants and may be more detailed.

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

The following resources on the Department of Education and Training website may help applicants to identify employability skills and map relevant non-accredited ACE activities to FSK units.

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.

Future Skills for Future Jobs Grants Program

The Future Skills for Future Jobs Grants Program provides funding for innovative projects that promote market diversification and aim to increase the number of commencements across pre apprenticeships, pre traineeships, Australian Apprenticeships, and higher apprenticeships. The program offers a flexible approach to project funding, providing projects deliver innovative initiatives and strategies with a connection to Australian Apprenticeship commencements and future industry workforce needs.

The ACT Government has committed $2 million for the Program in 2018-19, which includes funding provided by the Australian Government under the National Partnership on the Skilling Australians Fund.

Applications for funding were recently sought through an expression of interest (EOI) process. The first funding round opened on 27 February 2019 and closed on 20 March 2019.  

EOIs may continue in 6 week rounds, until available funding is exhausted. An announcement of future funding rounds will be made following the evaluation process for the EOIs received in the first round.

Further information about the program and the funding process is available in the Future Skills for Future Jobs Grants Program - Application Guidelines (Online) or (PDF 278KB).

If you would like to discuss the Future Skills for Future Jobs Grants Program, please email Skills Canberra or telephone 6205 8555.

Mature Workers Grants Program

The ACT Government’s Mature Workers Grants Program aims to support new services designed to address barriers experienced by mature workers seeking to upskill or reskill.

Refer to the online Application Guidelines - 2018 Mature Workers Grants Program or (PDF 553KB) for further information.

The ACT Government recognises the immense capacity of mature workers and understands the need to provide unique support so they can upskill and fill key roles in workplaces across the Canberra region. Upskilling or retraining can assist mature workers to take advantage of new work opportunities emerging from growth areas in the local economy and enhance their experience of being a valued contributor to the community.

The Mature Workers Grants Program also aims to identify and address barriers impacting employers’ utilisation of Canberra’s mature workforce to meet their skills needs. Skills Canberra is looking to fund new activities that will assist employers to recruit and retain skilled, experienced, mature workers.

Grant funding will be available on a competitive basis to support highly targeted projects that contribute to achieving positive outcomes for the participation and productivity of mature workers. Approximately $500,000 will be available to eligible organisations for projects to be implemented over the next two to three years.

Applications must be submitted via the Smarty Grants online application process.

If you would like to discuss the 2018 ACT Mature Workers Grants Program please don’t hesitate to contact the Manager, Mature Workers Grants Program by telephone on 6205 8555 or by email to Skills Canberra.

Women in Trades Grants Program

The ACT Government’s Women in Trades Grants Program is designed to support the growth and development of Canberra’s vocational sector through specific outreach efforts with a focus on women. In an aim to improve participation and productivity in the broader ACT economy Skills Canberra is looking to fund activities that support women into trades.

Refer to the 2018 Women in Trades Grants Program - Round 2 Application Guidelines (DOCX 409KB) or (PDF 848KB) further information.

Round 2 of the ACT Women in Trades Grants Program will make approximately $600,000 available to continue to support projects under the overarching objective to improve women’s participation in male dominated trades in the ACT. The specific objectives that the projects should address in round 2 are:

  • Objective 1 - Increase the take up of women in male dominated trades
  • Objective 2 - Improve advocacy, engagement and information sharing, supporting attraction and retention of women in male dominated trades.

Applications must address one or more of the objectives outlined above and demonstrate how they will contribute to increasing the participation of women in traditionally male dominated trade apprenticeships.

The Program is aligned with the objective of the National Partnership on the Skilling Australians Fund to improve employment outcomes by supporting Australians to obtain the skills and training they need for jobs in demand through increasing the uptake of apprenticeships and traineeships, pre-apprenticeships, pre-traineeships, higher-apprenticeships, and other relevant employment related training.

Applicants are encouraged to review the full Application Guidelines and relevant attachments before applying.

Applications can be lodged online.

The details in the application must be complete and correct at the time of submission and no additional documents or attachments will be considered at a later date.

Key Dates:

  1. Call for Applications – Round 2 Tuesday, 6 November 2018.
  2. Information Session - Tuesday, 13 November 2018.
  3. Submission Closing Date - Thursday, 20 December 2018.
  4. Evaluation and Final Selection - 2 January to 31 January 2019.
  5. Negotiation of Deeds - 1 February to 15 February 2019.
  6. Announcement of Successful Applications and Notification to Unsuccessful Applicants - Thursday, 22 February 2019.
  7. Commencement of funded projects - Friday, 1 March 2019.

For further information email Skills Canberra or telephone on 6205 8555