590 Gold Coast people in jobs thanks to Skilling Queenslanders for Work

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The Palaszczuk Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work program is getting Queenslanders into jobs, with the latest figures showing nearly two thirds of graduates are now in secure employment, including 590 on the Gold Coast.
Minister for Training and Skills Yvette D’Ath said the Palaszczuk Government was delivering on its commitment to create jobs.
Mrs D’Ath said since the Palaszczuk Government had reinstated the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative, which the LNP Government scrapped, 11,600 Queenslanders had completed a program, and 400 were now employed.

“On the Gold Coast, 1,106 Queenslanders have completed a Skilling Queenslanders for Work program, and 592 are now in secure employment,” she said.
“What’s more, 181 have gone on to further training or returned to school. This is great news for the Gold Coast region and shows this initiative is delivering real results for Queensland."
Mrs D’Ath said in less than two years, the Palaszczuk Government had funded a total $10 million for 81 programs on the Gold Coast.
“Under the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative, community organisations are provided funding to help train unemployed and under-employed people in the community, including disengaged youth, mature age job seekers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people with a disability and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds,” she said.

“We have committed $240 million over four years to ensure Queenslanders get the skills, qualifications and experience needed to secure long term employment.”
Last month the Palaszczuk Government announced an extra $10 million for the Skilling Queenslanders for Work Community Recovery package, to focus on rebuilding areas affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie and subsequent flooding.
Mrs D’Ath said 10 projects in Queensland had been approved so far under this package, and more were expected.
“$919,900 has been allocated to Beaudesert to help train 40 people in construction and land management as part of a recovery project,” she said.
“In addition, $587,600 has been allocated to train 30 jobseekers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in conservation and land management while undertaking restoration work in Beechmont and Beaudesert.
“We are committed to boosting local job opportunities across Queensland while helping disaster affected areas at the same time.
“Organisations and councils in areas that were affected by Cyclone Debbie can still apply for funding to run training programs that will help job-seekers get trained and job-ready, while rebuilding damaged infrastructure.”
For more information on Skilling Queenslanders for Work, visit www.training.qld.gov.au/sqw

Source official Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

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