New Smart & Skilled Grant Now Open

Date —

03 Dec 2019

Industry Sector/s —
Vocational Education & Training

Summary —

The Smart and Skilled Behavioural Insights Grant Program is an initiative of the NSW Skills Board and the NSW Department of Education. The Grant will support successful applicants to leverage insights and tools from the behavioural and social sciences to improve completion rates and success in transitioning to work for students undertaking Vocational Education and Training under Smart and Skilled.

Key Issues —

The Smart and Skilled Behavioural Insights Grant is looking to fund projects that identify, develop, implement, test and evaluate the best behaviour-based ideas to motivate action to achieve both an increase in Vocational Education and Training (VET) student completion rates and success in transitioning to work.

Training providers are invited to submit a grant application that is focused on:

  • identifying and assessing relevant Behavioural Influences and Mental Shortcuts;
  • removing or reducing relevant Barriers to Action to achieve Outcomes;
  • applying one or more of the Behavioural Insights Tools;
  • collecting and reviewing data to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of behaviour-based approaches to achieve the Target Outcome; and
  • producing a report that captures the results, evidence, knowledge and insights gained, in order to promote adoption of successful Interventions throughout the VET sector.

The total funding for the Grant program is $500,000 and funding for each application is available up to the value of $150,000. This is a one-off grant and projects that require recurrent funding will not be considered. Prospective applicants can make more than one submission. The Grant will not fund awareness raising (education campaigns), theoretical research projects or investments in capital assets or infrastructure.

To review your eligibility or make an application please click the link below:

NSW Government Link ―

ITECA members intending to apply for a grant should noted that the expressions of interest (EOI) deadline for applications is 17 January 2020.

Independent providers, through ITECA, enjoy a solid working relationship with the New South Wales Government. The ITECA State of the Sector Report shows that there are around 900 independent VET providers in New South Wales that support some 782,000 resident students, around 70% of the total number of students enrolled in the state.

Member Engagement —

ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals serving on the ITECA New South Wales State Committee.

Further Information —

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