Evaluation of Skilling Queenslanders for Work
Examining the effectiveness and efficiency of the program
This Deloitte Access Economics report evaluates the impact and effectiveness of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program for the Department of Education, Training and Employment.
Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) was implemented by the Queensland Government in 2007, with the purpose of enhancing Queensland’s labour supply by reducing unemployment and under-employment and increasing workforce participation among disadvantaged groups, including those marginally attached to or disengaged from the labour market.
It comprises a suite of targeted grants-based labour market programs, delivered through local providers (typically community-based organisations and local government). The programs encompass the delivery of job preparation assistance, work placements, traineeships/apprenticeships, accredited training and mentoring and post participation support, depending on the nature of the individual program. The programs are funded to provide a flexible and integrated approach to the delivery of employment and training services, tailored to suit individuals’ needs and local circumstances.
Deloitte Access Economics was engaged by the Department of Education, Training and Employment to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of SQW in meeting its program objectives, over the period 2007-08 to 2009-10 (three years in total). The ultimate purpose of the evaluation was to determine whether SQW constitutes good public policy, by examining its effectiveness and efficiency in improving the labour market outcomes of disadvantaged Queensland job seekers.