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

    $45.2M to help Queensland job seekers

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

    Wednesday, July 18, 2018

    $45.2M to help Queensland job seekers

    A further 7,248 job seekers will be supported through the successful Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative thanks to a $45.2 million commitment from the Palaszczuk Government.

    Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said the state government had boosted funding for Skilling Queenslanders for Work to $80 million in 2018, an increase of $20 million.

    “This is the initiative’s largest funding round since it was reinstated in 2015,” Ms Fentiman said.

    “Skilling Queenslanders for Work supports important pathways for unemployed and underemployed people who are struggling to find secure jobs.

    “Since June 2015, more than 16,600 people have found jobs as a result of taking part in a Skilling Queenslanders for Work funded project or traineeship and the Palaszczuk Government is looking forward to supporting more people into the workforce through this latest round of projects.

    “Across Queensland, from the Torres Strait to the New South Wales border and from Noosa to the state’s western region, we are getting thousands of people into jobs.”

    Ms Fentiman made the announcement at West End’s Hope Street Café, a South Brisbane social enterprise organisation that is a recipient of funding under the latest round of SQW.

    Member for South Brisbane and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the café, which is administered through Micah Projects, was one of the groups funded to deliver 227 projects through the first funding round of 2018-19.

    “Hope Street Café is a fantastic example of what can be achieved through SQW and we are incredibly lucky to have them here in our community,” Ms Trad said.

    “Through the work done by Micah Projects through the café about twenty people have been able to go on and find a job.

    “SQW projects, such as those at Hope Street Café, assist people who are often disadvantaged in the jobs market like people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, mature age people and women.”

    Micah Projects CEO Karyn Walsh said Hope Street Café was philosophically aligned to the aims and outcomes of the SQW program.

    “We know that different groups face different barriers when applying for work, so it’s important that projects can respond to individual people’s needs and that’s exactly what we’re doing here at Hope St,” Ms Walsh said.

    “We’re helping people take up new opportunities for economic participation and inclusion by supporting them to get the skills they need to get jobs in this area.”

    Ms Fentiman said that the most recent statistics showed more than 62 per cent of people aged over 45 years, are women or who come from different cultural or language backgrounds go on to work or further study after completing a SQW project.

    “Other groups that projects can aim to assist are young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with a disability and veterans or ex-service personnel,” she said.

    “Participants on these projects work with a community based, not-for-profit organisation in their area that offer guidance and support that responds to local opportunities and the individuals’ own goals and ability.

    “Participants can also study to earn a nationally recognised qualification, up to certificate III level, through some projects or take on a paid Work Skills Traineeship while studying a qualification in business, construction, conservation and land management, hospitality or retail.

    Interested job seekers can join current projects by visiting to check the eligibility requirements and contacting the community organisations delivering projects in their local area directly.

    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 Skilling Queenslanders for Work’s second funding round will open 1 August.

    Media contact: Bernadette Condren 0417 296 116