First funding round opens for Skilling Queenslanders for Work

The first round of the new Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative has officially opened today, the State Member for Nudgee, Leanne Linard announced.

“The Government is injecting $240 million into this four year program to help support up to 32,000 Queenslanders to find work. Jobs were the number one issue raised with me during the election and I am very pleased that the Government is delivering on this election commitment so quickly.”

“Six different programs will run under Skilling Queenslanders for Work in the first year to provide 8000 Queenslanders who historically have faced disadvantage accessing training and employment with the skills and confidence they need to get on the path to employment,” Ms Linard said.

“This includes young people, mature-age jobseekers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds,” Ms Linard said.

Organisations wanting to find out more about the State Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work funding opportunities should register their interest quickly, the Member for Nudgee said today.

Funding for community-based organisations would be available through four programs – Community Work Skills, Ready for Work, Get Set for Work and Youth Skills.

“These four programs cover a range of customised training and support arrangements including nationally recognised training, traineeships, paid work placements, career advice, job preparation skills, foundation skills, and individual case management.

“School Parents and Citizens’ and Parents and Friends’ associations can also apply for funds under the Ready for Work program to deliver short term job preparation and employability skills courses.

Applications for Round One will close on 19 June and local community based not-for-profit organisations in Nudgee are urged to apply for funding.

Eligible organisations looking to find out more about Skilling Queenslanders for Work funding opportunities, including guidelines, the application form, information sessions and key regional contacts can visit www.training.qld.gov.au/sqw

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