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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Skills boost for Queensland workforce

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

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

    Thursday, October 24, 2019

    Skills boost for Queensland workforce

    Queenslanders are set to benefit from a major overhaul to the states training and have access to more affordable training to update their skills and secure the job of their dreams.

    The Palaszczuk Government today announced a $4 million Skills Boost to help deliver skilled workers where they are needed across the state.

    “Skills Boost will slash the cost of TAFE,” the Premier said.

    “We are making it cheaper for Queenslanders to access the training they need for a career in the industries where we know there will be jobs.

    “Whether you’re already experienced in the industry but hold no formal qualification or you’re looking for a career change – Skills Boost is all about giving Queenslanders the opportunity to gain further skills.

    “There are a lot of people who have been supported with subsidised training before who are not eligible for further subsidies.

    “This means they would pay thousands to undertake another qualification.

    “This new policy will give those Queenslanders access to further subsidised training and aligns with our Skills for Queensland strategy released earlier this year.”

    Skills Minister Shannon Fentiman said there were over 10 courses on offer for each region.

    “These have been chosen specifically to provide the opportunities for Queenslanders to boost their skills and increase career opportunities,” the Minister said.

    “Skills Boost will provide upskilling opportunities for career changers and those who want to update their skills and gain higher qualifications.

    “For example, through Skills Boost a Certificate III in Hospitality will mean students will pay around $300 to $600 instead of up to $3,700.

    “Young people already have access to free apprenticeships for under 21s and free TAFE for Year 12 graduates.

    “Today’s announcement will build on our commitment to ensuring we have the skills needed for the jobs of the future and further boost our economy.

    “We know that some regions have different priorities for skills, so we’re tailoring our approach to skills boost subsidies by region.

    “The introduction of new technologies or other changes can impact an industry and mean that people need to learn new skills to keep up with new employment prospects.”

    The Minister called for more action from the Morrison Government.

    “While the Palaszczuk Government have committed close to a billion dollars in training - the LNP in Canberra are sitting on unspent money,” the Minister said.

    “We are doing all the heavy lifting up in Queensland to fix the skills shortage, the Federal LNP are failing apprentices and short changing them to the tune of $1 billion.”

    The Skills Boost initiative is part of Skills for Queensland – Great training for quality jobs which is being rolled out to deliver real benefits at both a regional and statewide level.

    For further information visit www.desbt.qld.gov.au/skillsboost

    For more information about TAFE Queensland courses call 1300 308 233 or visit www.tafeqld.edu.au/courses

    List of regions and eligible Skills Boost courses

    Metro:

    •            Certificate III in Individual Support

    •            Certificate III in Education Support

    •            Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

    •            Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

    •            Certificate III in Business Administration

    •            Certificate III in Hospitality

    •            Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology

    •            Certificate III in Business Administration (Medical)

    •            Certificate III in Sterilisation Services

    •            Certificate III in Manufacturing Technology

    •            Certificate IV in Automation and Control

     

    South East Queensland:

    •            Certificate III in Individual Support

    •            Certificate III in Community Services

    •            Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

    •            Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

    •            Certificate III in Hospitality

    •            Certificate III in Pathology Collection

    •            Certificate III in Screen and Media

    •            Certificate III in Education Support

    •            Certificate III in Business Administration

    •            Certificate III in Beauty Services

    •            Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

     

    Far North Queensland:

    •            Certificate III in Travel

    •            Certificate III in Hospitality

    •            Certificate II in Kitchen Operations

    •            Certificate III in Horticulture

    •            Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

    •            Certificate III in Education Support

    •            Certificate III in Individual Support

    •            Certificate III in Education (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander)

    •            Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

    •            Certificate III in Community Services

    •            Certificate III in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care

    •            Certificate III in Beauty Services

    •            Certificate III in Business

    •            Certificate IV in ATSI Education

     

    North Queensland:

    •            Certificate III in Individual Support

    •            Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management

    •            Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

    •            Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

    •            Certificate III in Agriculture

    •            Certificate III in Education ATSI

    •            Certificate III in Horticulture

    •            Certificate III in Business Administration

    •            Certificate III in Rural Operations

    •            Certificate III in Beauty Services

    •            Diploma of Hospitality Management

     

    Central Queensland:

    •            Certificate III in Individual Support

    •            Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

    •            Certificate III in Education Support

    •            Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology

    •            Certificate III in Beauty Services

    •            Certificate III in Business Administration

    •            Certificate III in Hospitality

    •            Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

    •            Certificate III in Community Services

    •            Certificate III in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care

    •            Diploma of Community Services.

     

    Darling Downs South West:

    •            Certificate III in Individual Support

    •            Certificate III in Community Services

    •            Certificate III in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care

    •            Certificate III in Rural Operations

    •            Certificate III in Driving Operations

    •            Certificate III in Hospitality

    •            Certificate III in Horticulture

    •            Certificate III in Events

    •            Certificate III in Meat Processing (Slaughtering)

    •            Certificate III in Meat Processing (Boning)

    •            Certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care

     

    North Coast:

    •            Certificate III in Individual Support

    •            Certificate III in Health Administration

    •            Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

    •            Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

    •            Certificate III in Agriculture

    •            Certificate III in Education Support

    •            Certificate III in Business Administration

    •            Certificate III in Travel

    •            Certificate III in Financial Services

    •            Certificate III in Business Administration (Medical)

    •            Certificate IV in Education Support

     

    ENDS

    Media contact:

    Inga Williams (Minister Fentiman's office) - 0439 949 719