Workforce Training Innovation Fund

​​​​​Funding for partnerships between training providers and industry. Find out if you are eligible, how to apply and key application dates.

This fund is being evaluated in 2020. New project proposals are not being accepted at this time.

Projects funded through the Workforce Training Innovation Fund (WTIF) must deliver innovative strategies that:

  • improve training outcomes
  • increase the relevance of training to their industry.

About the WTIF

Innovative thinking and approaches will allow industry and training providers to challenge existing practices in skills development, training methods and product design. This will result in the improved relevance of training for students, generate outcomes for employees and industry and support economic growth.


  • Improve the efficiency, flexibility and responsiveness of the training and TAFE system in meeting industry skill needs and business training requirements.
  • Encourage partnerships between industry bodies, businesses, TAFEs and training organisations to improve workforce productivity through innovative training programs and modes of delivery.
  • Build industry productivity and contribute to broader social and economic gains in priority sector workforces.
  • Build new insights and evidence to support the design, adoption and implementation of sustainable innovation across the wider training and TAFE system.

Who can apply

Applications are considered from a range of organisations. The following document outlines the applicant eligibility requirements:

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Types of funding

Two types of funding are available:

Seed funding

Funding of up to $50,000 for a project idea that is responding to an identified and defined problem and requires ‘seeding activity’ to support the preparation of a complete application for grant funding.

The length of seeding activity is up to four months unless otherwise negotiated.

For information on eligibility, assessment criteria and how to apply, download the seed funding application information pack:

WTIF seed funding budget template

Grant funding

Funding of up to $5 million for collaboration between industry and training providers to deliver innovation in training, workforce development and applied research. Project duration be up to two years.

For information on eligibility and assessment criteria and instructions on how to apply, download the grant funding application information pack:

WTIF grant project budget template

Categories funded

Funding is available over four categories:

  • New training, products and methods
    Innovation in course development, product design and training delivery, supporting training and TAFE system improvements that drive social, economic and global success.
  • Applied research
    Research solving ‘real world’ industry and business productivity challenges and the study of innovation in training design and delivery and product development.
  • Workforce training and skills development
    Improving accessibility, relevance and delivery of workplace skills to support business productivity and learner employability.
  • Priority sectors
    Design of skills development approaches for new and emerging industries, key priority growth industries, and the Victorian government priority sectors.

Past projects funded under the WTIF

Accredited gender equity training

Primary industry: Health care and social assistance

Lead organisation: Women's Health Victoria Inc

This project will develop accredited units of competencies (UOCs) packaged into a course, and related training materials to meet the industry needs of current and emerging workforce in gender equity and primary prevention of violence against women. The UOCs will provide pre-service training and as professional development for practitioners, and will be tested through a pilot, utilising a digitally enhanced learning model, to be delivered by their two Learn Local RTO consortia members, and RMIT University. It will utilise a blended learning model and latest trends and best practice learning designs such as digital technologies, gamification elements, interactive video and digital platforms, and conduct an applied research program.

Applying the new work mindset in south west Victoria

Primary industry: Health care and social assistance

Lead organisation: South West Institute of TAFE

This project focuses on three primary elements that will address workforce development needs in the healthcare and social assistance sector of south west Victoria. Project will develop new career development and management tools, training programs and products, technologies, workforce development strategies and tools in healthcare and social assistance - includes Innovation Hub to support students and local entrepreneurs develop ideas for micro-businesses in the sector.

BioPathways Partnerships Project

Primary industry: Manufacturing

Lead organisation: Paper Australia Pty Ltd

This project seeks to develop the resources and products for delivery of innovative pre-vocational and vocational training through practical learning experiences and real-time work in an applied research context. It includes accredited certs II, III, IV, diploma, and advanced diploma in biomanufacturing. The project also targets reskilling opportunities for workers transitioning from the Hazlewood Plant in Gippsland. It will also provide pathways style development of skills in productive work environments producing and commercialising new bio streams and products.

Building information modelling: accredited training development

Primary industry: Construction

Lead organisation: Box Hill Institute of TAFE

Box Hill Institute will create a new building information modelling learning environment designed to simulate actual work situations which will prepare the next generation of new entrants to the construction industry, as well as upskilling current building professionals. It will develop an Advanced Diploma of BIM, Course in BIM, short course in Introduction to BIM, supported by 100% online learning resources, including 3D digital models, scenarios, real case students, master class videos.

Building new quality hospitality apprenticeship pathways in Victoria

Primary industry: Accommodation and food services

Lead organisation: Restaurant & Catering Industry Association of Australia Inc.

This project will pilot new training models that better suit the needs of individuals and small businesses. It will examine alternative training models to attract a broader range of apprentices and secure the supply of qualified people to address ongoing skills shortages and bring broader benefits to the hospitality industry. The pilots will focus on how VETIS hospitality programs can be enhanced to provide an important entry into apprenticeships.

Caravan Industry Manufacturing Excellence

Primary industry: Manufacturing

Lead organisation: Caravan Trade and Industries Association of Victoria

The project will establish a National Caravan Centre of Excellence in a rapidly growing sector, that includes the development and demonstration of an onsite training model for delivery of the caravan Industry’s newly developed Certificate III in Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing. This will include the building and implementation of an industry first end-to-end manufacturing line training model for delivery of this new certificate, training materials and targeted student supports for each stage of the manufacturing line, and outreach services.

Centre for Excellence for the Design, Installation and Commissioning of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems

Primary industry: Construction

Lead organisation: The Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors Association of Australia Limited

The establishment of a Centre of Excellence for the Design, Installation and Commissioning HVAC Systems, to address ongoing skills shortages in mechanical services plumbing workforce sector, in a collaborative partnership between AMCA and Holmesglen. It will provide specialist training in HVAC utilising equipment; applied research projects; professional development for 1-12 tradespeople; and targeted trade and post-trade training skillset training for up to 200 tradespeople per annum.

Certificate III - Aviation / Aerospace Fundamentals

Primary industry: Transport, postal and warehousing

Lead organisation: Aviation Aerospace Australia

This project responses to challenges faced by aviation/ aerospace sectors facing radical changes in the industry. The scope of this project is for the development of aviation learning ecosystem encompassing a suite of approximately 20 micro-credential skillsets and further, to pilot the delivery of at least five skillsets, including AR/VR delivery modes. The course is designed to be rolled out across multiple workforce segments within aviation / aerospace and is not confined to one profession or skill level. The project will include full provision to develop all units, undertake validation, mapping the skillsets to a Curriculum for the Cert III qualification, evaluation and formal lodgement of the training course for approval.

Chinese Customer Engagement and Business Skills through LiVE

Primary industry: Professional, scientific and technical services

Lead organisation: Institute of Advanced Business Studies Pty Ltd

This project is designed to skill and upskill Victorian TAFE trainers and businesses to attract and service the Chinese tourism, student and resident population through Chinese Customer Success and technology-driven business skills. It seeks to fast-track skills development and capability among VET trainers, current students, Vic Businesses and their employees in Retail, Tourism, Accommodation, Services and Hospitality sectors. The project will provide both accredited training in Chinese customer engagement and small business-related courses and non-accredited workshops for SME businesses. The project will also provide Train-The Trainer programs for the development and delivery of VET training through Live Interactive Video into SME workplaces.

Civil Skills Cadetship Program (CSC Program)

Primary industry: Construction

Lead organisation: Civil Construction Federation-Victoria Branch

The Civil Skills Cadetship (CSC) program is in response to the lack of supply of entry level employees who are committed and ready to work in the civil industry. The CSC program will assist tier one and sub-contractors to meet workforce demands in order to achieve infrastructure contract deliverables, including roads, bridges, pipelines, drainage, ports and utilities; utilising integrated civil equipment simulators and VR training. It encompasses a four-staged approach - recruitment, cross industry and foundation competencies, employment to ongoing Industry Mentoring.

Enhanced workforce capability through industrial application of drone technology

Primary industry: Professional, scientific and technical services


This project seeks to design, develop, implement and evaluate an innovative and industry-relevant training program (The Pattern) to meet the demand for key industry sectors to upskill their workforce in the use of drone technology, It will design a long-term sustainable model that can be adapted, contextualised and modified for utilisation across industries in Victoria. It will also develop UOCs to create industry-specific skill sets and capability targeting conservation and land management, food and fibre/agriculture, building and construction, facilities and asset management and infrastructure.

Future Foundries for Defence Capabilities

Primary industry: Manufacturing

Lead organisation: AW Bell Pty Ltd

The project will develop a 'Course in Precision Metal Castings' that delivers learnings across several technical units. Delivery model will be collaborative in partnership with the Victorian investment casting and foundry industry and incorporate AR scenarios to provide simulated and interactive inductions to sites and equipment (assembly, operation and maintenance) used during practical training.

The Gordon Social Enterprise Cafe and Jamie's Ministry of Food

Primary industry: Accommodation and food services

Lead organisation: The Gordon

This project will dynamically connect with existing The Gordon students, aiming to increase completion rates of apprenticeships/traineeships in cookery and hospitality. Participating apprentices/trainees will sustain employment outcomes through local employers. Innovative features of the project are sevenfold including pioneering Jamie's Ministry of Food model into apprenticeship/traineeship in Australia, and foundation skills program support for students in need. The Project will improve pathways into apprenticeships for students undertaking VET in schools, in hospitality programs, and provide workplace training for those already working in hospitality.

Grampians Regional Health Work Readiness program: investing in our future

Primary industry: Health care and social assistance

Lead organisation: Federation University (TAFE)

This project responds to a current 'crisis' for local health care and social assistance workers. It will train young people in the region, stemming the outward flow of emerging workers to the larger metro locations. Acknowledging many in the target cohorts will need to 'earn-whilst-learning', a key element of this project is to trial a traineeship model that allows participants to work/train concurrently. Multiple training options/pathways from entry-level to bachelor qualifications will also be offered. Training options will be coupled with a 'YGEIA: Your Grampians Education Interactive App' and Ballarat Health Service's existing mobile simulation van to support learners.

Industry Wide Up-skilling Training and Assessment Model for the HVAC&R Industry

Primary industry: Professional, scientific and technical services

Lead organisation: GOTAFE

This project aims to develop a model of training to meet the anticipated need required by the mandatory transition of ozone-depleting and high global warming potential (GWP) gases to low GWP greenhouse-friendly refrigerants and associated technologies. Innovation include new resources and training methodologies, mobile HVAC&R Training and Assessment Facility pods, STEM outreach support platform and web-based Virtual Training and Assessment Platform, HVAC&R Stakeholder Workforce Engagement Strategy and Action Plan.

Jasper: A Virtual Reality Simulation Program

Primary industry: Health care and social assistance

Lead organisation: Curve Tomorrow

Jasper is a virtual reality (VR) program that has the potential to offer an alternative simulation approach. It will enable educators from TAFE Institutes to scale and optimise simulation training within their curriculum. By using a VR Headset, students can be immersed in a virtual environment and can be exposed to realistic work scenarios, such as communicating with an aggressive patient, wound management or recognising and responding to clinical deterioration.

Male family violence TAFE training

Primary industry: Health care and social assistance

Lead organisation: No to Violence

This project has two themes: growth and development. It will grow the size of the specialist men's family violence services, by increasing industry engagement and quality of the course and addressing barriers to expansion. It will also expand family violence 'literacy' in the broader community sector by developing and implementing appropriate units within existing VET courses, and working with other peak bodies on family violence content in their professional development calendars. In addition, the project will develop  existing specialist workforce through design and delivery of a professional development calendar for workers and managers in specialist men's services, including training for working with Koori men who use family violence; and develop VET sector capacity and capability to deliver content on family violence through a collaborative practice network, support and mentoring.​

Meat inspection training for university students

Primary industry: Manufacturing

Lead organisation: MINTRAC

This initiative will offer a unique opportunity to gain work readying skills and provide an understanding of and access to well-paid career pathways in the meat industry. In this project the partners will select a group of up to 15 University students in their second or third year of study to undertake a Certificate III in Meat Processing (Meat Safety) in order to qualify for registration in Victoria as a meat inspector or employment in the QA departments of meat processing plants.

NDIS Future Workforce Capability Project

Primary industry: Health care and social assistance

Lead organisation: Victorian Council of Social Service

The development of five curriculum products to be mapped to units of competency sitting within the community services training package, which will fill immediate gaps in the training of care workers so they can be work-ready in the new NDIS consumer directed care environment. The five curriculum products are:

  1. Ethics of care vocational stream
  2. Human rights led practice vocational stream
  3. Cross-sectoral resource for work with diverse people
  4. Enabling technologies
  5. Power and abuse.

It will utilise 'just in time' curriculum products, digital blended delivery, and micro-credentialing for learners.

New Energy Technology Systems (NETS) Project

Primary industry: Electricity, gas, water and waste services

Lead organisation: Future Energy Skills Ltd

The project aims to deliver high-quality responsive skills training to the new energy technology sector, equipping the workforce to safely assess, design and install new energy technology systems. It will develop a blended learning training solution that integrates the latest visual learning innovations, an online platform for professional development and post course updates, a new unit of competency to bridge the gap in stand-alone battery storage systems and a consumer and industry awareness campaign to increase awareness and minimise potential risks to consumers, essential services and the workforce.

New qualifications in off-site construction technologies

Primary industry: Building construction

Lead organisation: Box Hill Institute of TAFE

This project seeks to place Victoria at the forefront of pre-fabricated timber construction technologies through the development, registration and piloting of a Diploma in Offsite Construction Technologies, skill sets in offsite construction technologies and Diploma in Offsite Construction Technologies, skill sets in offsite construction technologies; utilising the units as electives within the Certificate III in Carpentry, including new apprenticeship pathway for Australian carpentry apprenticeship.

North West Melbourne Data Analytics Hub

Primary industry: Information media and telecommunications

Lead organisation: NORTH link

The North West Melbourne Data Analytics Hub focuses primarily on manufacturing, health and business and professional services. The Project will uplift data analytics capability by delivering business audits, industry projects, business training events and professional development to businesses and individuals over 2 years. The project will provide direct work integrated learning opportunities for local students from Melbourne’s north and west.

Prep 4 Work

Primary industry: Education and training

Lead organisation: Westvic Staffing Solutions

The project will pilot innovative micro-credential training and employment rotations for approximately 168 vulnerable cohorts in Melbourne’s south-east and Ballarat. Participants will complete a certificate II pre-apprenticeship in horticulture, agriculture, engineering or automotive. Three innovative elements include placing participants in short term work rotations with local employers to improve networking and employability skills; rollout of mobile learning centres to ensure students arrive at training and work rotations; and delivering short course training to improve soft skills, team work and presentation skills.

Retail Connection

Primary industry: Retail trade

Lead organisation: Wodonga TAFE

The Retail Connection provides retailers and stakeholders across Victoria with a five-tier offering comprising access to flexible accredited and non-accredited training, a blended learning approach encompassing eLearning and workplace learning, mentoring, webinars, workshops, retail panels and master classes through a segmented membership structure, that covers the cost of tuition and provides membership benefits, such as linking employers with potential employees.

Simulated training tools for the telecommunications industry

Primary industry: Information media and telecommunications

Lead organisation: Communications and Information Technology Training Ltd

The project aims to develop simulated training products which relate to the customer experience and work, health and safety in the telecommunications industry. Specifically, the training products will be mapped to units within the qualification ICT30515 Certificate III in Telecommunications Technology.

Sunraysia horticulture and agriculture future workforce

Primary industry: Agriculture, forestry and fishing

Lead organisation: Sunraysia Institute of TAFE

This project seeks to respond to the significant workforce challenges in the Mallee agriculture and horticulture sector, requiring an expansion of the local workforce, increased capabilities, resource re-use, STEM and entrepreneurship skills; utilising new discovery technologies, real world problem based learning approach, and international capacity building. The project will establish a Smart Farm concept with the development of a suite of 22 capability development programs and initiatives.

The Gordon Design Centre of Excellence

Primary industry: Education and training

Lead organisation: The Gordon

This key aim of this project is the establishment of a Design Centre of Excellence at The Gordon delivering programs that will meet the increasing importance of cross-discipline design thinking in jobs of the future. It will develop new UOCs in foundational design thinking and problem-based learning; cross- disciplinary design approach across engineering, advanced building and design, ICT and graphic design; and learning hub for design students to collaborate and be exposed to real-world industry challenges and problems.

The little things: cross-cultural language training for PCAs in aged care

Primary industry: Health care and social assistance

Lead organisation: Farnham Street Neighbourhood Learning Centre

This project seeks to develop a cross-cultural language training program/materials which use authentic language models to respond to the needs of personal care attendants who are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and want to, or already work, in residential aged care facilities or in home care. Training resources will be text-based and audio visual, developed from applied linguistic research and recordings and case studies of best practice care workers.

The Maker Immersion Project

Primary industry: Construction

Lead organisation: Exner Education Pty Ltd

The project seeks to create a fully deployable, technology-enhanced maker immersion kit, which will be used to deliver a holistic training experience in the Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building). BIM packages and flat-packed physical buildings will be containerised in the maker immersion kit, consisting eLearning packages with embedded video and quizzes, virtual reality components, to deliver holistic training in Cert IV in Building and Construction (Building).

Transforming enrolled nurse education: from conventional learning to situated learning

Primary industry: Health care and social assistance

Lead organisation: RMIT University

To plan, develop, implement and evaluate a transformative enrolled nurse (EN) program through a model that represents a paradigm shift away from the conventional EN program to a situated learning model where all delivery is conducted at a dedicated education unit (clinical school) located at a health care service. It utilises augmented reality to replicate clinical simulation, a 70:20:10 learning pedagogy, and micro- credentialing as additional skill set for learners.

Virtual Picker: workforce training enhancing profitability and employment in the horticulture industry 

Primary industry: Agriculture, forestry and fishing

Lead organisation: Mushroom Exchange Pty Ltd

The project aims to develop a core skills curriculum for temporary and migrant field workers across a number of sectors within the Victorian horticulture industry (inc. mushrooms, salad and field vegetables). The training, with curriculum established by industry, will adopt virtual picking technologies to allow both field workers and trainers to experience work in the field prior to commencing work, with the capacity for multi-lingual delivery platforms and coherence in the education model across all harvest products, including fruit and nut industries.

VR Tunnelling Training Project

Primary industry: Transport, Postal and Warehousing

Lead organisation: Cross Yarra Partnership

The VR Tunnelling Training Project builds on CYP D&C and Holmesglen's partnership on MetroHub and the Victorian Tunnelling Centre (VTC) initiative and draws on decades of civil construction project delivery and industry education expertise. This project has been developed to address identified skills gaps and harnesses new tools and technologies with the potential to revolutionise workplace learning and challenge deeply held notions about how people learn and apply that knowledge, how industries evolve and how major projects are delivered.

Case studies


On Thursday 8 August 2019, twelve cutting-edge projects that are revolutionising training in Victoria were on display at the inaugural Workforce Training Innovation Fund (WTIF) showcase at Melbourne Convention Centre

Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney opened the showcase and announced that applications are now open for the fund’s next round of grants. About 250 guests, including representatives from industry, the TAFE and training sector and government enjoyed presentations of projects that use virtual reality, drones and other hi-tech approaches.

The event also served as an ideal networking opportunity for potential stakeholders in future projects.

Presentations from the twelve case studies are provided below.

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