Keystone Tasmania Course Development Funding

Keystone Tasmania allocates course development funding based on industry and stakeholder advice and current strategic priorities.

Note: The current general advertisement for major project funding can be found here

Keystone has developed a labour market modelling tool that can provide useful information about future skill needs in the Tasmanian building and construction industry. Follow this link to sign up for access to SOFIA (Statistical Optimisation for Industry Advancement).

How much funding is available?

Keystone Tasmania will open a project funding round in August 2021 that includes funds for development of training in several in-demand areas of BUSINESS SKILLS

Successful Expressions of Interest (EOIs) in the identified priority areas will receive up to $40,000 per course for design, development and industry engagement activities.

Is course development in all sectors of the industry supported?

Yes, applications are invited for course development benefiting all sectors of the building and construction industry - civil, commercial and residential.

In 2021, the Board of Keystone Tasmania identified the civil sector as a priority area for funding and workforce development support. Additional targeted opportunities will be advertised in this area in the second half of 2021, following industry consultation. 

Who is eligible for this funding?

Course development funding is available for suitably accredited and experienced providers who can provide building and construction industry-specific training and workforce development. This includes RTOs and private sector organisations with a track record of delivering high quality outcomes.

To be eligible, you/your organisation must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following:

  • an entity, incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated not-for-profit
Does training have to be accredited?

Keystone Tasmania prioritises support for accredited training. 

EOIs for non-accredited training will be considered, where the development or delivery of accredited training is not the best fit-for-purpose outcome, or is otherwise impractical. Please seek guidance from the contact person nominated below before proceeding with an EOI for non-accredited training course development. 

How often is funding made available?

Keystone Tasmania will open calls for EOIs in the area of training course development biannually.

A public advertisement will be issued, as well as direct communication to key stakeholder organisations and those on our subscription mailing list. To register for our mailing list, please send a request to projects@keystone.com.au 

Information and key documents will be available on Keystone Tasmania's website under the 'Funding' tab. 

We understand that potential projects may arise outside the formal EOI process, and we aim to be flexible in the delivery of our funding support. Requests for course development funding outside this process should first be canvassed with the contact person nominated below (see 'Need Help?') before a submission is made via projects@keystone.com.au

What projects or programs are supported?

In response to industry feedback, Keystone Tasmania reviewed availability of business skills training for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and identified 21 areas that stakeholders consistently identify as in-demand. We surveyed current training offerings in those 21 areas, and found 5 areas were not currently well served with training (red dots below). The remaining 16 areas were either well-served (green dots) or reasonably well-served (orange and yellow dots).

   

Based on this, Keystone Tasmania’s August 2021 funding round will prioritise development of training for building and construction SMEs in the following:

  • Digital record keeping
  • Commercial awareness and financial skills
  • Business strategy and planning
  • Wages and conditions, enterprise bargaining agreements
  • Labour relations, employee-related legal responsibilities
What are the assessment criteria for EOIs?

EOIs will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Is the content building and construction industry specific, and up-to-date?
  • Does the delivery approach demonstrate flexibility, to enable workers in building and construction SMEs to participate?
  • Do the proposed trainers have relevant building and construction sector experience?
  • Is the proposed training endorsed by industry?
  • Are quality reporting and improvement processes authentic, and likely to improve the quality of the training over time?
  • Is the budget commensurate with the extent of design and development work proposed?
What is the application and assessment timeline?

EOIs will open 2nd August and close 31st August, 2021.

Successful EOIs will be notified mid-September 2021, and will enter a contract with Keystone Tasmania.

Work on training course development would be expected to commence before the end of 2021, for commencement of delivery in 2022.

   

   

 How do I apply?

To apply, please complete the Course Development EOI Application form and send to: projects@keystone.com.au before the closing date.

 Need Help?

The EOI process is supported by online information sessions and individual applicant support as required. Please ensure you are registered on our mailing list to receive important project funding information.

To register for our mailing list, please send a request to projects@keystone.com.au 

Contact us for help with your application or to find out more:

Anna Carew (E) anna.carew@keystone.com.au (M) 0411 894 997