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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.

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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



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