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.

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

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

If you require accessible versions of the templates or resources listed on this page or an alternative way to apply, contact wtif@edumail.vic.gov.au or phone 03 7022 1603.

Application dates

The second 2018-19 funding round for WTIF is now open.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 8 March 2019.

Who can apply

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

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 and assessment criteria, seed funding methodology and instructions on 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 of 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.

How to apply

When a WTIF funding round is open, submit an expression of interest (EOI) email to wtif@edumail.vic.gov.au.

Your EOI email should include:

  • primary contact, partnership members
  • organisation details
  • phone number and address
  • a four line statement of your grant or seed funding idea.

We will contact you within five business days to discuss your proposed application and suitability for the fund. If your EOI is accepted you will be forwarded a link to an online application form.

Information sessions and webinar

Information sessions about the WTIF program will be held on these dates:

  • Thursday 21 February 2019, 10am - 12pm
  • Tuesday 26 February 2019, 10am - 12pm

Sign up for an information session.

A webinar will be held on Tuesday 26 February 2019, 1.30-2.30pm. Visit Webex Events to join the webinar when it starts​.

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.

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.

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 encompases 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

Lead organisation: ILEARNDRONES PTY LIMITED

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.

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.

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 on-line 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.

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.

About the WITF

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.

Objectives

  • 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 contributing 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.

Find out more

For general queries, information on facilitation support or to register for email notifications and updates email wtif@edumail.vic.gov.au or phone 03 7022 1603.

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