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$1.16 Million to skill Queenslanders for work in Redlands

Dozens of locals will benefit from the Palaszczuk Government’s $1,000,000 investment in Redlands to fund further Skilling Queenslanders for Work projects.

Member for Redlands, Kim Richards said Skilling Queenslanders for Work invested in local projects and local people to support local employers, local jobs and the state’s economy.

“Each project aims to develop the skills and understanding people need to find jobs our communities. Most also offer an opportunity to study for a nationally recognised qualification, up to certificate III level that open doors to new career paths for participants,” Ms Richards said.

“They include young jobseekers just starting out, older people retraining for new career opportunities, as well as parents looking to get back into the workforce and other jobseekers who can improve their employment prospects with some tailored support and training.”

Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said more than $34.7 million has been invested statewide in the latest round of the Palaszczuk Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative to fund a further 156 projects across the state.

“We know that some Queenslanders are struggling to find the right opportunity and that’s what makes Skilling Queenslanders for Work so successful,” Ms Fentiman said.

“Across the state, more than 20,000 Queenslanders have found work as a direct result of participating in a Skilling Queenslanders for Work project since July 2015.”

The funded projects in the Redlands include Running Wild Youth Conservation ‘Paddock to People’ program focused on skills in conservation management and hospitality for $827,000.

Bay Islands Community Centre with $277,700 funded to deliver construction skills and Career Employment Australia programs delivering Certificates in Individual Support and Health Support Services for $57,100.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work funds skills development, training and job opportunities for unemployed, disengaged or disadvantaged Queenslanders through a suite of targeted skills and training programs.

Seventy-three per cent of participants found work or took on further training around 12 months after exiting a Skilling Queenslanders for Work project.

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• Member for Redlands Kim Richards (3rd right) is pictured with Tony Cotroneo (left) and Angela Collins (right) of Bay Islands Community Services and Julie (Chook) Larsen of Running Wild.

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