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Palaszczuk Government Backing Commitment to More Local Jobs

The Palaszczuk Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work program will assist a further 108 job seekers in the Greenslopes electorate in the coming months.


Member for Greenslopes, Joe Kelly said he was delighted to announce further funding of $566,700 for 5 new projects.


“Hundreds of people in Greenslopes have had their lives transformed by this initiative already and now we are announcing the largest funding round since Skilling Queenslanders for Work was reinstated in 2015.


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“This funding will go to not-for-profit community organisations and in turn they will provide unemployed or under-employed people with the training and support they need to improve their chances of finding a good job. Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said the projects were selected to address local needs to prepare participants with the skills that local employers are looking for.


“We know that the initiative works. It’s great for participants and it’s great for local business and the local economy,” she said.


Mr Kelly said participants could 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.


Skilling Queenslanders for Work projects assist a variety of unemployed or underemployed people and has seen people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, mature age people and women achieving strong, positive outcomes after completing a project.


“Different groups face different barriers when applying for work. So it is important that projects can respond to individual people’s needs and support them along pathways that align with their goals,” Mr Kelly said.


“The latest statistics show more than 62 per cent of people who are over 45 years old, women or come from different cultural or language backgrounds go on to work or further study after completing a Skilling Queenslanders for Work 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. Businesses that employ Skilling Queenslanders for Work graduates who are under 25 years old, as an apprentice or trainee may be eligible for the $20,000 Work Start Youth Boost incentive, which kicked off on 1 July.”


Interested job seekers can join current projects by visiting www.training.qld.gov.au/sqw to check the eligibility requirements and contacting the community organisations delivering projects in their local area directly.


Skilling Queenslanders for Work funds 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 next month.


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

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