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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    $33.3 million to help Queensland job seekers

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

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

    Tuesday, July 19, 2016

    $33.3 million to help Queensland job seekers

    More than 7,500 jobseekers across Queensland will receive training as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s continued rollout of the successful Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

     Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the $33.3 million in funding for the first round of the 2016-2017 financial year continues to honour an election commitment to assist disadvantaged Queenslanders across the state to get job-ready.

     “My government understands clearly how many Queenslanders are doing it tough as they look for work,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

     “That’s why helping Queenslanders find jobs is such a high priority for my government.

     “Giving people the chance to boost their qualifications and bolster their CVs increases their prospects of finding employment.

     “Skilling Queenslanders for Work is an important and successful program, which is why we committed to return it after the LNP cut it in 2012.”

     An independent assessment of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work completed by Deloitte before the LNP cut the initiative in 2012 shows that for every dollar invested in Skilling Queenslanders for Work, almost $8 is returned to the economy.

     Minister for Skills and Training Yvette D’Ath said Skilling Queenslanders for Work offer support for unemployed, disengaged and disadvantaged people, to help them prepare to enter and stay in the workforce.

     “Among the assistance being funded are 802 paid Work Skills Traineeships in business, construction or conservation and land management and 2915 places in programs specifically designed to assist young Queenslanders,” said Mrs D’Ath

     “These projects have been developed by not-for-profit community based organisations that also have the capacity to offer participants support that can help improve their chance of completing the project and finding a meaningful job.

     “Locally based groups have the knowledge, experience and location necessary to help people who need some advice about what local employers are looking for.”

     The SQW initiative was reintroduced in 2015–16, with $57 million committed under the community-based training programs to 384 projects around the state to assist;

     

    • young people;
    • mature age people;
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;
    • people with a disability;
    • women re-entering the workforce; and
    • people who were born overseas.

     “Having appropriate training is important so when the opportunity comes to apply for a job, you have skills that you can draw on during the application process,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

     The funded organisations will recruit eligible people to join these projects. For further information visit www.training.qld.gov.au/sqw or call 1300 369 935.

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