Job seeker Brodie Allen is happy about the $10 million training fund to counter skills shortages.
Job seeker Brodie Allen is happy about the $10 million training fund to counter skills shortages. Brenda Strong

Funding a solution to work skills

AS the Gladstone region continues to grow and expand, there has always been the worry of skill shortages in the area, especially now with the LNG industry heading to town.

When in parliament, Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham questioned the Minister for Education and Training, Geoff Wilson, about much-needed funding for skilled workers in the central region.

Parliament listened and in turn have launched a $10 million training fund which should help counter a predicted shortage of skills in the coming years.

Mr Wilson has said that the funds have gone to the areas where they are needed the most.

“In the past the funds were provided to the training organisation and employers didn’t have the free choice that they’ve got now,” Mr Wilson said.

“Now the funding is going to be available to respond to the demands of employers in your area and in Gladstone.”

Local job seeker Brodie Allen has said the funding has come at a much-needed time for Gladstone.

Mr Allen said because he is currently searching for a job, he believes that it will help him and others in the Gladstone region.

“It will be good for all new and existing Gladstone employers and workers,” Mr Allen said.

“It will mean that people can gain skill sets and qualifications they need more easily and in turn find a job of their choice without complications.”

For any more information on the training fund you can head to www.energyskillsqld.com.au/coal-seam-gas-liquefied-natural-gas/committee.



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