More cash for skills pro­grams

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

NEW fund­ing has been an­nounced to help Townsville job­seek­ers.

The State Gov­ern­ment an­nounced yes­ter­day it had al­lo­cated $ 2.2 mil­lion to the re­gion in the lat­est round of fund­ing to the Skilling Queens­lan­ders for Work ini­tia­tive.

The pro­gram pro­vides di­rect help to job­skeers who need sup­port to gain the qual­i­fi­ca­tions and skills needed to en­ter and stay in the work­force.

About 840 job seek­ers in Townsville and North Queens­land will be able to ac­cess train­ing pro­grams to find work un­der the new fund­ing.

Mund­ing­burra MP Co­ralee O’Rourke said about 9000 peo­ple had gained jobs as a di­rect re­sult of the ini­tia­tive, in­clud­ing more than 400 from across North Queens­land.

Thuringowa MP Aaron Harper said there were 17 other pro­grams that would train peo­ple 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 Townsville, Ayr, Ing­ham and Bowen,” he 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.”

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

AN­DREW BACKHOUSE

FUND­ING: Yvette D'Ath.

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