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    Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Cairns careering toward 2,000 employees under Back to Work program

    Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Tuesday, June 26, 2018

    Cairns careering toward 2,000 employees under Back to Work program

    Almost 2,000 people in Cairns have found work under the Palaszczuk Government’s highly successful Back to Work regional program.

    Minister for Employment Shannon Fentiman today visited Far North Queensland and met with Sammy Kris and Michael McNeill, two employees taking part in the program from NQ Parks and Gardens, a Back to Work employer in Cairns North.

    “NQ Parks and Gardens is a great example of a local business who were looking to employ new staff,” Ms Fentiman said.

    “The company’s owner, David McConnan, has provided opportunities for ongoing employment for Sammy and Michael, who have discovered their own green thumbs through learning garden maintenance skills.

    “The success of this program, not just in North Queensland but across the state, was recognised in the State Budget, where we allocated an extra $155 million to the regional program.

    “We’ve also extended applications to 30 June 2020, giving more people the opportunity to take advantage of it.”

    Member for Cairns Michael Healy said the Back to Work program was providing opportunities for previously unemployed jobseekers.

    “I encourage Far North Queensland employers to consider the option of the Back to Work program and how it can support your business, if you are looking to take on someone new,” he said.

    Ms Fentiman said that already, more than 5,300 regional Queensland businesses had been supported through the flagship employment program since it started in 2016.

    “Of those businesses, 825 employers right here in Far North Queensland have been able to hire 1869 jobseekers,” she said.

    The Back to Work Regional program supports eligible employers in their decision to employ unemployed jobseekers with payments of up to $20,000 available.

    Media contact: Bernadette Condren 0417 296 116