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

    $1.2 million for TAFE in Central Queensland

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

    Tuesday, August 28, 2018

    $1.2 million for TAFE in Central Queensland

    Central Queensland is set to receive a welcomed funding boost to assist more Queenslanders to get the skills they need to get a job in high priority industries.

    Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman visited Tropical Auto Group during National Skills Week and met local apprentices today to announce $1.2 million to the TAFE Priority Training Program.

    “National Skills Week is a time to celebrate and recognise the fantastic work that our VET sector does in providing Queenslanders with the skills and training they need to have a successful career,” Ms Fentiman said.

    “I’m thrilled to announce that the Palaszczuk Government’s TAFE Priority Training Program will commit an additional $1.2 million over two years for TAFE courses provided at CQUniversity to increase training places in this growing region.

    “Speaking with the apprentices like Corey who started out as a Skilling Queenslanders for Work participant and is now in his third year of his apprenticeship is a shining example of how important training programs are.”

    “Ensuring we have quality training results in getting the skilled workers needed to keep businesses like Tropical Auto operating smoothly and it is vital to our growing economy.

    “This funding will support training in priority skill areas, including second chance opportunities for people who hold a qualification but need to retrain or upgrade their skills to continue in the workforce.

    Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said this funding would mean that more Queenslanders can get the skills they need to get a job and build a career.

    “CQUniversity has provided world class TAFE training for all of Tropical Auto Group’s apprentices and it’s fantastic to see that this funding will be able to provide more training places for apprentices in Central Queensland,” Mr O’Rourke said.

    General Manager Tim Green said taking on apprentices is beneficial not only to their employees but has had a positive impact on their business.

    “We see apprentices as an integral part of our business and it’s really important that they receive the right training and keep them on long-term,” Mr Green said.

    Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said the TAFE Priority Training Program reduces the upfront costs for eligible Queensland residents to study a range of diploma, certificate IV or certificate III level qualifications.

    “This vital investment supports quality skills development in Central Queensland,” Mrs Lauga said.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is committed to providing the best training for Queenslanders to ensure that we continue with our strong job growth,” Ms Fentiman said.

    For further information visit www.training.qld.gov.au or call 1300 369 935.

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