In July 2019 the QWMN released a Skills and Knowledge Audit Report (accessible via here and termed the Audit Report for short). This Report provided a characterisation of workforce structure (in terms of job roles) then assessed recruitment and capability gaps and issues, both current and emerging, across the whole of the Queensland water modelling and use sector.

To turn the gaps and issues in recruitment and capability identified by the Skills and Knowledge Audit Report into actions a second follow up piece of work was commissioned by the QWMN. This involved convening a Cross Sector Skills and Knowledge Audit Working Group to assess and prioritise the most significant challenges raised by the Skills and Knowledge Audit Report, identify how those challenges might be addressed through specific actions before outlining the potential role of different employer types in doing so. The recommendations of that Working Group were captured in a Skills and Knowledge Audit Response Report (accessible via here and termed the Response Report for short). This Report identified skill and knowledge challenges but also a set of broader workforce development challenges.

The QWMN Capacity Development Small Grants Program has been created to fund and thereby catalyse the implementation of actions to address these challenges and recommendations.

We are now seeking proposals to deliver small projects to addresses the skill, knowledge and broader workforce development challenges identified within the Response Report. Information on the call for project proposals can be found here.

· Applications can be made by a single organisation or by two organisations collaborating

· Grants must be for capacity building projects that implement actions to address priority skill, knowledge and broader workforce development challenges identified by the QWMN (see below under Background for more information)

· Grant projects must begin by 1 August and be complete by 30 November 2020

Proposals should be submitted via this form by 12pm AEST on 17th July 2020.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the QWMN External Engagement Program Manager, Dr. Brian S. McIntosh.

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