$460,000 boost to up­skill Dalby

Fund­ing to help res­i­dents gain qual­i­fi­ca­tions

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Bahr jes­sica.bahr@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

RES­I­DENTS around Dalby are gain­ing a new set of skills and $460, 000 of sup­port, thanks to an in­jec­tion of fund­ing.

On Fri­day Dalby Cham­ber, Wa­minda, and Dalby Wel­com­ing Com­mu­nity were an­nounced as three re­cip­i­ents of grants through the Skilling Queens­lan­ders for Work ini­tia­tive.

The ini­tia­tive of­fers train­ing pro­grams to im­prove skills, gain qual­i­fi­ca­tions, and in­crease em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The groups el­i­gi­ble are young peo­ple, Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple, peo­ple with dis­abil­ity, ma­ture-age job seek­ers, women re-en­ter­ing the work­force and peo­ple from cul­tur­ally and lin­guis­ti­cally di­verse back­grounds.

West­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor Paul McVeigh said the Skilling Queens­land grants were a great op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity.

“It’s $460, 000 that’s go­ing to be in­jected into our com­mu­nity over the next few months,” Cr McVeigh said.

“One of the chal­lenges in our com­mu­nity is that we are look­ing for peo­ple to up­skill so they can fit into avail­able po­si­tions and that’s what this of­fers,” he said.

“It’s not just about the in­jec­tion of funds; it’s the up­skilling of the re­gion and that com­bi­na­tion of th­ese groups that’s go­ing to de­liver a broad cross sec­tion of ed­u­ca­tion to our peo­ple.”

Wa­minda and Dalby Cham­ber will put the fund­ing to­ward Work Skills Trainee­ships, which pro­vide full-time paid em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, while the Wel­com­ing Com­mu­nity will be do­ing part-time Com­mu­nity Skills Trainee­ships.

Dalby Cham­ber Ro­han May said this was the third round of fund­ing for train­ing pro­grams.

“The key point for Dalby Cham­ber in­volve­ment is that we need to pro­vide em­ploy­ees for the other busi­ness, and th­ese grants help pro­vide th­ese peo­ple with ad­di­tional skills to get a job,” Mr May said.

“When we did the first round, we got nine out of the 11 peo­ple placed, which was a great out­come,” he said.

“They come out with a Cer­tifi­cate I in Busi­ness, which is ap­pli­ca­ble at most busi­nesses in town.

“It’s bring­ing our com­mu­nity along and bring­ing our busi­nesses along, and we’re re­ally proud to be in­volved.”

For de­tails, visit the Dalby Cham­ber web­site.

PHOTO: JES­SICA BAHR

LEARN­ING EN­VI­RON­MENT: West­ern Downs Mayor Paul McVeigh, Dalby Wel­com­ing’s Beth Woods, Dalby Cham­ber pres­i­dent Ro­han May, sec­re­tary Tania Mar­shall and Wa­minda’s Mal­colm Irvine are ready to help Dalby res­i­dents shine.

PHOTO: JES­SICA BAHR

ROUND TWO: Su­per­vi­sor Kerry Voh­land with Skilling Queens­land par­tic­i­pants Dave Drake, Carena Lee and Han­nah Ar­gent.

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