National Skills Week

National Skills Week is an annual event that aims to raise the status of practical and vocational learning. In 2016, National Skills Week will be held 29 August to 4 September.

The week enables people to gain a greater understanding of the opportunities, their potential and how they contribute to a successful, modern economy. 

Learning by doing is as important as academic learning. There are many paths to success.

National Skills Week is an opportunity to celebrate and promote vocational education and training (VET), its achievements, contribution, career pathways, opportunities and success stories.

Funding grants

Organisations in the skills and vocational education and training sector in the Northern Territory (NT) can apply for one of five grants of up to $5000 (plus GST) to support National Skills Week activities.

This grant is now closed.

Before you apply

Funding is awarded through an application and selection process.

Who can apply

Funding is available to any single or collaboration of organisations in the business of vocational education and training and / or skills development within the NT.

Applications from individuals will not be accepted or considered.

Applications from government agencies will not be accepted or considered.

What activities may be funded 

Events must promote the positive values, opportunities and diversity of vocational education and training. Events can be either a special promotional activity, or labelling of existing and / or new learning activities as National Skills Week activities.

Events could be any form of skills activity, including but not limited to the following:

  • a skills demonstration or ‘skill-off’
  • an open day
  • an interactive learning display
  • the launch of a new skills orientated activity
  • a skills competency navigator.

Assessment criteria

Applications for funding proposals are assessed against all the following criteria:

  • raises the status of vocational education and training in the NT
  • encourages Territorians to participate in an activity during National Skills Week
  • improves community awareness on how vocational education and training contributes to the modern economy
  • shows a level of innovation or has a strategic nature
  • represents an efficient and effective use of Northern Territory government funding
  • is consistent with the 2016 National Skills Week theme.

Organisations will not automatically receive the maximum amount of funding available for their project. An itemised budget must be submitted with the application for funding.

For detailed information download the guidelines.

Funding grant guidelines (40.2 kb)
Funding grant guidelines (53.4 kb)

How to apply

Follow these steps to apply for a funding grant: 

1. Fill in the form, making sure all parties sign it:

2. This grant is now closed.

By email

By post

National Skills Week
Workforce NT
Department of Trade, Business and Innovation
GPO Box 3200
Darwin NT 0801

Funded organisations will have the details of their activity automatically added to the online and printed calendar of events. Organisations that do not wish to be listed should make a note on their application.

All participating organisations are also encouraged to register their event with the National Skills Week calendar of events.

Contact Workforce NT

For help or more information, contact:

Howard Lai 
Workforce NT 
Phone: (08) 8935 7748

Assessment of applications

A panel will assess applications to determine the suitability of the proposed activity against the assessment criteria and funding aims of National Skills Week.

The department will notify successful and unsuccessful applicants in writing within two weeks of applications closing.

Payment of funds

Funded organisations will be paid 100% of agreed budget upon acceptance.

Acquittal of funds

Funded organisations must spend the funds as approved in their project proposal during National Skills Week. 

At the end of the project, funded organisations must complete and submit a project report and acquittal statement signed by an authorised representative of the funded organisation.

Project report and funding acquittal statement (39.4 kb)
Project report and funding acquittal statement (53.9 kb)

You must get department approval before making changes to your proposed budget.

Last updated: 22 June 2017