The Engaging Communities for Learning Program (ECL) provides training in a welcoming environment, practical experience, guided training and access to support services at no cost to the participant.


What is the Engaging Communities for Learning Program (ECL)?

ECL is developed for disadvantaged learners who find traditional education and training opportunities difficult. The training is in less formal settings and tailored to individual needs and abilities.

The project is specifically designed to support each participant individually. It provides support with language, literacy, computer skills, job applications, tutorials, mentoring, self-esteem, study skills and hands-on practical experience.


The program objectives:

  • Training participants with qualifications that align with their aspirations and interests
  • Building confidence and skills with extra initial support to ensure successful training and strong employment application
  • Foster and grow relationships with partner organisations to encourage community groups, fill gaps in the market for skills and and support networks
  • Strengthen job-seeking and employment skills
  • Promote the importance and benefits of volunteering
  • Develop practical skills through community contribution
  • Sustainable model after project completion.


The following courses are being offered in this project:

  • CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support
  • CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support​
  • FSK20113 Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways ​


Who is eligible?

To enrol you must be residing or living in Queensland, aged 15 years and over and:

  • have learning or employment barriers and need extra support; or
  • be ineligible for Australian Government employment services or assistance; or
  • remain unemployed after accessing Australian Government services for more than six months.

Participants must also satisfy at least one of the following grounds of participant eligibility:

  • Australian citizen living in Queensland;
  • Permanent resident of Australia living in Queensland;
  • New Zealand citizen permanently residing in Queensland;
  • Refugee and humanitarian visa holder living in Queensland; or
  • Temporary visa holder living in Queensland with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency.

Eligible participants will undertake a full qualification and be supported in work experience to assist in gaining employment.

This training is proudly funded and supported by the Queensland Government through its Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.


When do I start?

The 2021 intake has yet to be announced.
Eligible participants may be able to start outside of the scheduled intakes. Please talk to the CEDAR Centre by emailing us.


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