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Launch of Skilling Queenslanders for Work Initiative Set to Boost Local Job Opportunities

02 May 2015


Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, and Minister for Training and Skills, Yvette D’Ath, discuss the Skilling Queenslanders for Work Initiative on the 1st of May with Steve Williams, Manager of Seed Parks and Property Maintenance, and Emma Whitehead, Member of the Sandbag Board.

The first round of the new Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative was officially launched on the 1st of May at the Sandbag Community Centre by Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, and Minister for Training and Skills, Yvette D’Ath.

“The Government is injecting $240 million into this four year program to help support up to 32,000 Queenslanders to find work. I am very pleased to be delivering on this election commitment.

We are passionate about generating jobs and this is a real opportunity to strengthen government and community partnerships.

“Six different programs will run under Skilling Queenslanders for Work in the first year to provide 8000 Queenslanders who historically have faced disadvantage accessing training and employment with the skills and confidence they need to get on the path to employment,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“This includes young people, mature-age jobseekers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds,” he said.

Organisations wanting to find out more about the State Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work funding opportunities should register their interest quickly, the Member for Sandgate said.

Steve Williams, Manager of Seed Parks and Property Maintenance, said the reintroduction of Skilling Queenslanders for Work will benefit the local community and improve access to employment opportunities.

“Employment is the easiest way to lift someone out of poverty.”

“Skilling Queenslanders for Work provides work-readying skills to assist in the process of getting people into the workforce,” he said.

Emma Whitehead, member of the SANDBAG Board, said part of the program’s strength was its ability to adapt to individual needs.

“The suite of services available can be tailored to people’s needs,” she said.

Mrs D’Ath said the guidelines, the application forms, information sessions and key regional contacts were available at www.training.qld.gov.au/sqw.

Applications for Round One will close on 19 June and local community based not-for-profit organisations in the Sandgate electorate are urged to apply for funding.

Funding for community-based organisations would be available through four programs - Community Work Skills, Ready for Work, Get Set for Work and Youth Skills.

Mrs D’Ath said the program would help getting people on community orders or bail back on the path to employment.

“These four programs cover a range of customised training and support arrangements including nationally recognised training, traineeships, paid work placements, career advice, job preparation skills, foundation skills, and individual case management.

“School Parents and Citizens’ and Parents and Friends’ associations can also apply for funds under the Ready for Work program to deliver short term job preparation and employability skills courses.

“Skilling Queenslanders for Work also includes two traineeship programs - First Start and Work Start incentives,” she said.

Mr Hinchliffe said the program would benefit local councils and the private sector by offering incentives to take on new employees of the initiative.

“New traineeships with local councils across Queensland will be available under First Start, while under Work Start incentives, a $2000 incentive will be available for private sector employers who employ a Skilling Queenslanders for Work participant as a trainee.

“It’s also an initiative with a strong focus on developing skills to match current and future industry needs, which is where the engagement of local employers is critical,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

Eligible organisations looking to find out more about Skilling Queenslanders for Work funding opportunities, including guidelines, the application form, information sessions and key regional contacts can visit www.training.qld.gov.au/sqw.