Skilling program gets $2.2m funding boost

by Brett Henebery25 Jul 2017
The Queensland Government is pumping $2.2m into a training initiative with the aim of providing direct support to jobseekers in the region of Townsville.

The funding is part of the state government’s $240m Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative which runs over four years and supports 32,000 Queenslanders back into work through a suite of targeted skills and training programs.

The latest round of funding will allow about 840 jobseekers in Townsville and North Queensland to learn the skills and qualifications required to enter the workforce.
 
Since the Queensland Premier, Anastasia Palaszczuk reinstated Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative, more than $168m has been invested towards training those who are unemployed or underemployed.
 
Mundingburra MP Coralee O’Rourke said about 9,000 people had gained jobs as a direct result of the initiative, including more than 400 from across North Queensland.
 
Thuringowa MP, Aaron Harper, said there were 17 other programs that would train people in individual support, business administration, hospitality, community services, allied health assistance and conservation and land management.
 
“These programs will spread right across the region, including Townsville, Ayr, Ingham and Bowen,” he said in a statement.
 
“Each project responds to the needs of local job seekers and local employers to develop the skilled, job ready workers needed to grow our economy and benefit the wider community.”
 
Training and Skills Minister Yvette D’Ath said $33.9m would be allocated as part of the latest round of funding under the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program.
 
So far across Queensland, 14,121 people have completed a training program under Skilling Queenslanders for Work. Of those, 64%, (or 9,026) have gained employment while 2,288 others have gone onto further training.

Each project responds to the needs of local job seekers and local employers to develop the skilled, job ready workers needed to grow our economy and benefit the wider community.

Meanwhile, another program is giving marginalised youth in the state a second chance by equipping them with employment skills.

The Get Set for Work program, launched by the Noosa Community Training Centre (NCTC), trains young people aged 15-17 to develop job-ready qualifications that can be used across different industries.

Many of the courses offered by NCTC are free to eligible participants with eligibility being determined by the funding provider, which could include State, Federal or Local Governments.
Over the next year, the Queensland Government will provide $7m in funding to community-based organisations across the state.

The funding will help disadvantaged young people transition to the workforce, undertake further education or training, or return to school.


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