News

Gladstone job seekers to benefit from $500k skills training

UP TO 124 job seekers in the Gladstone region will benefit from $525,000 funding for work skills training.

Four programs will target a range of industries including hospitality, construction and early childhood education.

This is the first funding allocation round for the Palaszczuk government's revamped Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

The LNP axed the program just months after winning office in 2012 but Labor promised to reinstate it if elected.

Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher said the $525,000 injection across the region - including Port Curtis and Curtis Island - was part of a wider $26 million package.

He said 200 projects across Queensland would deliver important community skills projects.

"Under the program, people in the Gladstone area will be able to access the skills and training they need to get back into the workforce to start a career, provide for their families and to build a stronger community," he said.

"These are the first projects to be funded under the $240 million four-year initiative aimed at supporting up to 32,000 unemployed, under-employed or disadvantaged people to enter the paid workforce.

"Skilling Queenslanders for Work puts communities in the driving seat through a partnership with government to grow local employment opportunities, encourage greater social inclusion and assist people needing extra support to enter the workforce.

"The initiative is specifically tailored for local programs that support young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, mature-age jobseekers, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and long-term unemployed people to find a path into work.

"This is all about giving people the right skills and getting them into jobs."

In axing the program and 144 jobs three years ago, the LNP said it was a duplication of Federal Government funding and the move would save $19 million a year.

Labor argues a Deloitte Access Economics analysis found the program paid for itself within a year through increased economic productivity and higher employment.

The evaluation concluded the skills initiative returned $8 to the economy for every $1 invested

Applicants who were not successful in the first funding round can apply again later this year.

- APN NEWSDESK

THE FUNDING:

Energy Skills Queensland: $180,000 to deliver job training support for up to 60 jobseekers and help them gain certificates in hospitality, training and business

Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours: $37,800 to deliver training support for up to 14 jobseekers and help them gain a Certificate III in early child education and care

Gidarjil Development Corporation Limited: $168,000 to deliver job training support for up to 10 jobseekers and help them gain a Certificate I in conservation and land management

Queensland Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association: $140,000 to deliver job training support for up to 40 jobseekers and help them gain a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or a Certificate III in Education Support

Topics:  funding gladstone job seekers



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

High chance of rain this weekend

Brothers Charity Cricket event. Photo Christopher Chan/The Observer

Rain could be good for fishing

BREAKING: Fire crews rush to Glen Eden fire

Fire crews are working to control a blaze at Glen Eden.

Fire crews work to control a grass fire at Glen Eden.

OPENING SOON: Burgers and beers at Gladstone's latest restaurant

GETTING THE URGE: Gladstone store and operational managers Chase Williams and Justin Charell gearing up ahead of opening.

Gourmet burger restaurant to open at Stocklands

Local Partners

Sia has split from her husband

Sia has split from her husband Erik Anders Lang.

Amy Schumer thanks Barbie trolls for hateful comments

Amy Schumer is in the lead role for the new Barbie movie

Shannen Doherty's husband is suing for destroyed sex life

Shannen Doherty's husband is suing her former manager

Azealia Banks' battery case against Russell Crowe dropped

Russell Crowe will not be charged with battery

Mel Gibson named Best Director at AACTA Awards

Mel Gibson poses in the media room after winning the AACTA Award for Best Direction for Hacksaw Ridge.

HIS wartime drama Hacksaw Ridge sweeps 6th annual awards in Sydney.

Mark Hamill unaware his co-stars were romantically involved

Hamill too "self-involved" at the time to notice, he said

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

High profile premier invests in Gladstone industrial facility

Former Queensland premier Campbell Newman heads a group that bought the UGL warehouses in Paget for $10 million.

FORMER PREMIER heads group that's backing Gladstone to bounce back.

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!