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

    $33.9 million to assist Queensland job seekers

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

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

    $33.9 million to assist Queensland job seekers

    Up to 7,100 job seekers across Queensland will be able to access training programs to help find work, thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s newest round of funding under the successful Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

    Minister for Training and Skills Yvette D’Ath said the $33.9 million would help local organisations run training programs to get more people into jobs.

    “So far, more than 9,000 Queenslanders have gained jobs as a direct result of Skilling Queenslanders for Work – a tally we’ve reached the same week as the five year anniversary of LNP axing the same program,” Mrs D’Ath said.

    “These are people who were unemployed or under employed and who have been through one of these training programs, become equipped with skills and on-the-job experience, and have gone onto securing employment.

    “We want to build on this and that is why the Palaszczuk Government is funding another 191 projects across Queensland in the first round of funding for this financial year.

    “What’s more is that we are also announcing the opening of the next round of funding, so organisations can jump online today and apply for funding for their training programs.”

    Mrs D’Ath said today’s announcement of $33.9 million of funding for nearly 200 new training programs would build on projects that have already been delivered across Queensland.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is committed to getting people into jobs, and that is why we reinstated the initiative after it was scrapped by the former LNP Newman-Nicholls Government five years ago,” she said.

    “These projects work and the proof is in the figures.

    “So far across Queensland we have seen 14,121 people complete a training program under Skilling Queenslanders for Work. Of those, 64 per cent, or 9,026 have gained employment, 2,288 have gone onto further training and 345 have returned to school.

    “Skilling Queenslanders for Work is making a difference to the lives of Queenslanders.”

    The latest funding will go towards projects to help job seekers become trained in a range of industries, including early childhood education and care, individual support, business, horticulture, construction, conservation and land management and many more.

    “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,” Mrs D’Ath said

    “Since the Palaszczuk Government reinstated Skilling Queenslanders for Work, we have invested $168.9 million to help train those who are unemployed or underemployed, young people, mature-age job seekers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with a disability and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.”

    The full list of successful projects can be found here: https://training.qld.gov.au/community-orgs/funded/sqw/funded-projects

    Organisations can apply for the next round of funding online: www.training.qld.gov.au/sqw.

    More information is available at the above website or by calling 1300 369 935.

     

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