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

    250 Mackay/Whitsundays people now in jobs

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

    Thursday, September 14, 2017

    250 Mackay/Whitsundays people now in jobs

    The Palaszczuk Government’s successful Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative has helped 250 people in the Mackay and Whitsunday region get back into the workforce.

    The latest figures come as the hugely successful program has reached a new benchmark, resulting in 10,000 people having secured a job as a result of this initiative.

    Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said these results reaffirms the Palaszczuk Government’s decision to re-establish Skilling Queenslanders for Work, which Tim Nicholls cut as the Newman LNP Government’s Treasurer in 2012.

    “In the Mackay and Whitsunday region, the Palaszczuk Government has invested $2.7 million under Skilling Queenslanders for Work for a total 25 projects that has helped people into the workforce, and to go onto further training,” Ms Gilbert said.

    “As at the end of August, figures show a total 351 people have completed a Skilling Queenslanders for Work project. 251 have secured a job and 42 have gone onto further training or returned to school.”

    Member for Mirani Jim Pearce said community projects under Skilling Queenslanders for Work in the Mackay and Whitsunday region had helped give support to people who were facing barriers.

    “The Palaszczuk Government has invested $173.4 million across Queensland under this initiative, which assists job seekers across the state through job readiness training, supported training to earn nationally recognised qualifications and paid traineeships with local councils and not-for-profit organisations,” he said.

    “These projects offer tailored support to young people, mature age people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with a disability, and people from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds.”

    The Newman-Nicholls LNP Government cut Skilling Queenslanders for Work despite a report by Deloitte finding that for every dollar invested in the program, it generated nearly eight dollars in return.

    Mr Pearce said it was great that Skilling Queenslanders for Work was making a real difference to people’s lives, and highlighted the damage of Tim Nicholls’ decision to cut the job creating initiative.

    “Through these programs, jobseekers are developing their skills that will ultimately help them stand out during the job application process and make a good start when they get an opportunity.

    “It is wonderful to see Skilling Queenslanders for Work is producing fantastic outcomes for people in the Mackay and Whitsunday region, and across the state.”

    Minister for Training and Skills Yvette D’Ath said Skilling Queenslanders for Workfunds skills development, training and job opportunities for unemployed, disengaged or disadvantaged Queenslanders through a suite of targeted skills and training programs.

    “Applications for the next round of Skilling Queenslanders for Work funding close at 5pm today,” Mrs D’Ath said.

    “I encourage community-based organisations and local councils that wish to participate to go online and apply now.”

    Applications can be submitted online by 5pm today. For further information visit www.training.qld.gov.au/sqw or call 1300 369 935.

    Link to the 2012 Deloitte analysis of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program that was provided to the Newman-Nicholls LNP Government: https://www2.deloitte.com/au/en/pages/economics/articles/evaluation-skilling-queenslanders-for-work-program.html

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