$1.6 Million to assist Central Queensland Job Seekers - Skilling Queenslanders for Work

Posted: 19th Jul

Up to 390 job seekers in the Central Queensland region, including Rockhampton, Yeppoon and Emerald, will be able to access training programs to help find work, thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s newest round of funding under the successful Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

Minister for Agriculture and Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne said $1.6 million had been allocated to the region in this latest round, which will help local organisations run training programs to get people into jobs.

“So far, more than 9,000 Queenslanders have gained jobs as a direct result of Skilling Queenslanders for Work, including more than 440 from across Central Queensland,” he said.

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to getting people into jobs, and that is why we reinstated the initiative after it was scrapped by the former LNP Newman-Nicholls Government.

“Our Government is funding another 11 projects in the region, which would help get more locals into secure employment.

“This round includes new projects that Rockhampton PCYC, Community Solutions Group, The BUSY Group and MRAEL Ltd will deliver in the region,” he said.

Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said these projects would help train people in Central Queensland in individual support, business administration, hospitality, community services, allied health assistance and conservation and land management.

“These programs will spread right across the region, including Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Emerald and Blackwater,” she said.

“Each project responds to the needs of local job seekers and local employers to develop the skilled, job ready workers needed to grow our economy and benefit the wider community.”

Minister for Training and Skills Yvette D’Ath said a total $33.9 million would be allocated as part of the latest round of funding under Skilling Queenslanders for Work.

“This funding will go to 191 projects to assist 7,125 job seekers who are struggling to find secure and long term employment and put them on the right path to training and ultimately into jobs,” Mrs D’Ath said.

“Tomorrow (July 20) applications will also open for the next round of funding.

“Since the Palaszczuk Government reinstated Skilling Queenslanders for Work, we have invested $168.9 million to help train those who are unemployed or underemployed, young people, mature-age job seekers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with a disability and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

“So far across Queensland we have seen 14,121 people complete a training program under Skilling Queenslanders for Work. Of those, 64 per cent, or 9,026 have gained employment, 2,288 have gone onto further training and 345 have returned to school.

“These figures prove that this program is working and is making a real difference to people’s lives.”

The full list of successful projects can be found here: https://training.qld.gov.au/community-orgs/funded/sqw/funded-projects

Organisations can apply for the next round of funding online from tomorrow: www.training.qld.gov.au/sqw.

More information is available at the above website or by calling 1300 369 935.