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QOF Global Connections Bursary Application Form

The QOF Global Connections Bursary aims to assist early and mid career VET graduates, trainers and assessors presently employed in Queensland to undertake short-term training, professional development and knowledge exchange opportunities abroad.
Funding of up to $2,000 is available to support attendance at courses, workshops, conferences, work shadowing and other development activities that will contribute to the work and training outcomes of Queensland VET students and apprentices.
These bursaries will enable more skilled Queenslanders to engage with new technologies, industry practice and ideas from around the world. Bursary recipients are required to share their experiences with the VET industry upon their return to Queensland.


• You must be a Queensland resident and an Australian citizen;
• You must be employed in Queensland in the vocational education and training sector e.g. in a registered training organisation, group training organisation, industry skills council or other business entity with a significant focus on vocational and trades training;
• You must have at least two years’ work experience in the industry;
• You must have demonstrated support from your employer or industry sector to undertake this international professional development.

Selection Criteria

The QOF will take the following criteria into consideration when reviewing applications:

1. Evidence of transferable best practice provided by the activity;
2. Level of contribution to the individual’s employment related skills and/or knowledge and career goals;
3. Potential contribution to the enhancement of the skills and knowledge of Queensland trainees and apprentices;
4. Methodology to share outcomes across the industry and across Queensland;
5. Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills applicable to criteria 4;
6. Value for money;
7. Employer support.

1. Applicant Details

Full name (required)

Postal Address (required)

Telephone number (business)

Telephone number (after hours/mobile)

Preferred email address

Employer/workplace/training institution

Your position title

Employer/ Supervisor name

Employer/ Supervisor email address

As background information only and not for assessment, briefly outline your current role and work responsibilities. (Approx. 100 words)

2. Proposed international professional development activity details

Date of proposed overseas travel

Location (City, Country)

Details of international professional development activity e.g. event, placement, conference, etc

What are your objectives for your participation in the proposed international professional development activity? - Please detail using dot points

How will your participation in this activity contribute to your employment related skills and/or knowledge and career goals?

How will your participation in this activity contribute to the enhancement of the skills and knowledge of Queensland trainees and apprentices?

How do you intend to share these outcomes across the industry and Queensland? Think big and consider things like social media, video diaries and blogs, inservice and workshops

3. Estimated expenditure / budget outline

Estimated expenses—include information such as (but not limited to) travel expenses( airfares, accommodation), course/conference registration fees, books or other resources (ie: tools).

Description of activity/item
(Professional development activities: eg Airfares, accommodation, conference and or seminar costs)
Est. duration (e.g. 1 day, 2 hrs, 2 months) When should this activity occur?
(e.g. June 2014)
Approximate cost
(including GST)
Name of provider if applicable
(e.g. XYZ Training Institution)
Note that the maximum bursary is $2000 TOTAL $

What is your financial contribution towards participation in this activity?

4. Employer/ RTO /Referee section

Please upload a letter of support from your employer outlining:

How the applicant’s proposal aligns with the employer’s priorities in terms of vocational education and training in Queensland and how the employer believes the candidate will use the skills and knowledge gained through their proposal to contribute to Queensland's vocational education and training sector (approx. 100 words)

Please upload a letter of support from a personal referee such as a friend, colleague or former employer outlining:

How the applicant's personal attributes make them suitable to receive an international travel bursary for professional development and any other supporting information or endorsement (approx. 100 words)

(Maximum 2 MB)

5. Other supporting documents

Upload evidence of QLD residence (copy of ID with address on it)

(Maximum 2 MB)

Upload details of work and training history including details of more than 2 years employment in the VET sector (e.g. Resume)

(Maximum 2 MB)

Upload evidence of qualifications

(Maximum 2 MB)

Where did you hear about the Queensland Overseas Foundation Global Connections Bursary?

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