More skilled Sunshine Coast jobs

Published Wednesday, 07 February, 2024 at 02:44 PM

Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
The Honourable Lance McCallum

  • The Miles Government’s Regional Jobs Committee initiative is expanding to the Sunshine Coast
  • Caloundra Chamber of Commerce will drive growth amongst Sunshine Coast businesses and industry to meet future economic needs
  • New Regional Jobs Committees (RJCs) have also launched in Central Queensland and Mount Isa.

Caloundra Chamber of Commerce will receive up to $300,000 in Miles Government funding over 18-months to identify future growth industries and lead new job training and career pathways.

A new Regional Jobs Committee for the Sunshine Coast led by the Chamber was launched today by Member for Caloundra Jason Hunt at Rockpool Residential Aged Care.

Rockpool is looking for skilled workers and predicts it will need up to 100 on-site staff as the centre grows.

The Sunshine Coast Regional Jobs Committee is one of 12 across Queensland to connect job seekers with local training and work opportunities in a growing economy.

Data from Jobs Queensland predicts jobs growth on the Sunshine Coast will be the second highest in the State by 2025-26 with a 12.5 per cent increase in vacancies, or more than 22,500 extra employment opportunities.

Health care, social assistance and age care are tipped to become one of the fastest growing businesses on the Sunshine Coast.             

New Regional Jobs Committees have also been launched in Mount Isa and Central Queensland and are part of the Miles Government’s Good people. Good jobs: Queensland Workforce Strategy 2022-2032.

Quotes attributable to Member for Caloundra Jason Hunt:

“The Miles Government’s Regional Jobs Committee is a wonderful opportunity to upskill the Sunshine Coast’s workforce across a range of industries, including aged care.

“For Rockpool Residential Aged Care, attracting and retaining the right staff is critical, and that’s what makes the Regional Jobs Committee so important.

“I want to thank the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce for the work they’re doing with industry to deliver new job training, identify career pathways and create opportunities on the Sunshine Coast.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Employment and Small Business, Minister for Training and Skills Development Lance McCallum:

“The Sunshine Coast has significant forecasted growth in new, good jobs in health care, construction, engineering, hospitality and retail as part of the runway to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“Caloundra Chamber of Commerce has the knowhow and connections to help turbo-charge workplace skills and jobs for a growing Sunshine Coast economy.

"Regional Jobs Committees are important for supporting industry to attract and retain good, skilled jobs for Queenslanders.”

Quotes attributable to Caloundra Chamber of Commerce CEO Brady Sullivan:

“As a strong advocate for opportunities to live and work on the Sunshine Coast, Caloundra Chamber is so proud to bring the Sunshine Coast Regional Jobs Committee to life.

“The Sunshine Coast is forecast to grow by over 500,000 in the next two decades and we want to ensure our school leavers are aware of and equipped to dive right into local jobs.

“The Sunshine Coast already has a lot to offer – including a growing local economy and a great lifestyle.

“With a passionate group of local leaders driving the local Regional Jobs Committee, we can ensure the Sunshine Coast community has the tools to propel local business growth.”

Quotes attributable to Rockpool Residential Aged Care CEO Melissa Argent:

“Jobs Queensland’s latest release data identifies Health Care and Social Assistance, which incorporates aged care, as the fastest growing industry in the Sunshine Coast region.

“To support growth on the Sunshine Coast and in the sector it’s evident we are going to need more people to fill these very important jobs.

“The establishment of the Regional Jobs Committee on the Sunshine Coast is a great opportunity to expand on the work we already do to connect with Sunshine Coast locals to enter the aged care industry.

“It is such a privilege to do what we do everyday!

“This is a wonderful opportunity for those wanting a long and fulfilling career to take the first step and at Rockpool we would be delighted to offer as much support as we can to assist with the success of this program.”

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