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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Job seekers win $30 million training boost in round two of Skilling Queenslanders for Work

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Friday, February 19, 2016

    Job seekers win $30 million training boost in round two of Skilling Queenslanders for Work

    The people of Redcliffe and Murrumba have greater access to training opportunities to boost their job prospects thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s second round of Skilling Queenslanders for Work.

    Minister for Training and Skills Yvette D’Ath is in Redcliffe today to announce more than 5900 underemployed and unemployed Queenslanders will receive support to develop the skills they need to find a job thanks to the $30 million funding initiative, which funded 183 projects across the state in its latest round.

    Mrs D’Ath said she is pleased that 132 young job seekers in Redcliffe will be supported into training pathways through a total of $877,800 granted to three community-based not-for-profit organisations in round two of the scheme.

    “Skilling Queenslanders for Work changes lives and I am so pleased this exceptional initiative will bring vital training support to the young people who live in my electorate of Redcliffe,” she said.

    “The Redcliffe Area Youth Space and Worklinks are among the successful community organisations that will be working with jobseekers around the state to improve their skills and ability to join the workforce.

    “The Palaszczuk Government reinstated this vital initiative last year after it was axed by the former LNP government.

    “We are committed to helping disadvantaged jobseekers around the state to improve their skills and their job prospects, especially those who are struggling to find work. This means extra support will be given to our young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people, those with a disability, mature-aged jobseekers, those from culturally-diverse backgrounds, displaced workers and the long-term unemployed.”

    Murrumba MP Chris Whiting said 186 people from his electorate will be supported into training pathways through a total of $584,100 granted to four local groups.

    “This is wonderful news for local groups in Murrumba and I am thrilled that the community can benefit from training pathways that will help individuals to find work and make a meaningful contribution,” Mr Whiting said.

    The successful recipients in the Redcliffe and Murrumba electorates of SQW in round two, are:

     

    • Redcliffe Area Youth Space will assist 56 people to deliver Get Set For Work (Cert II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways) $209,600
    • Redcliffe Area Youth Space will assist 28 people to deliver the Building Blocks program (Cert I in Business, Cert I in Construction) $500,200
    • Worklinks will assist 48 people to deliver the Worklinks Getting into Employment Project (Cert II in Retail Services) $168,000
    • Deception Bay Neighbourhood Centre will assist 90 people to deliver the Orbital Work Program – on track to being job ready (Cert II in Early Childhood Education and Care, Cert II in Aged Care, Cert III in Hospitality) $283,400
    • HELP Enterprises will assist 24 people to deliver HELP2Youth Success (Cert II in Hospitality, Cert II in Retail Services, Cert I in Core Skills for Employment and Training – Communication) $47,900
    • Ipswich YUPI Program will assist 32 people to deliver the Skilling Queensland Pathway to Supermarket Retail (Cert I in Core Skills for Employment and Training – Communication, Cert II in Retail Services) $112,700
    • Mindle Bygul Aboriginal Corporation will assist 40 people to deliver the Get Set for Work project – Deception Bay (Cert II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways) $140,100

     

    Mrs D’Ath also announced the next SQW funding round is open for applications. Interested organisations are encouraged to visit www.training.qld.gov.au/sqw for further information or contact their local DET regional office. Applications will close on April 7 2016.

    “The Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative puts communities in the driving seat through a partnership with government to grow local employment opportunities, encourage greater social inclusion and assist people needing extra support to enter the workforce,” Mrs D’Ath said.

    “Private sector employers are eligible for a one-off $2000 Work Start Incentive when they employ someone in an apprenticeship or traineeship who has participated in a SQW project.

    “Over four years the Queensland Government is aiming to assist up to 32,000 unemployed, disengaged or disadvantaged people enter the paid workforce through a $240 million investment in this initiative.”

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