$637,500 granted to two not-for-profit organisations today

Communities in Gladstone will have access to training opportunities that boost their job prospects thanks to the second round of funding from the Palaszczuk Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work program.

Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher said 78 people from the local area will be supported into training pathways through a total of $637,500 granted to two community-based not-for-profit organisations in round two of the scheme.

Recipients of funding in the Gladstone electorate in round two of Skilling Queenslanders for Work are:

  • Five Bridges Ltd at Gladstone will assist 50 people to deliver the Skilling QLD Pathway to Supermarket Retail – Central QLD Program (Cert II in Retail Services, Cert I in Core Skills for Employment and Training – Communication) $150,000
  • Gladstone Engineering Alliance Incorporated will assist 28 people to deliver the Gladstone Community Work Skills Project (Cert I in Business, Cert I in Conservation and Land Management) $487,500

Mr Butcher said the funding windfall will support job seekers to boost their skill set with quality training opportunities and improve their employment prospects.

“I am delighted to announce this funding on behalf of local groups and job seekers who live in Gladstone,” Mr Butcher said.

“I am pleased that the people of Gladstone will share in this vital funding windfall to support disadvantaged job seekers to improve their skills and find pathways to full-time work.

“This fantastic scheme puts communities in partnership with government to grow local employment opportunities, encourage greater social inclusion and assist people who need extra support to enter the workforce.

“This is all about giving people the right skills and getting them into jobs”

Mr Butcher said more than 5900 people across Queensland would be supported by more than $30 million injected into community groups in round two to fund skill development, training and job opportunities for unemployed, disengaged or disadvantaged people.

He said Work Start incentives offer a one-off financial incentive of $2000 to private sector employers if they employ a Queenslander who has participated in a SQW project in a traineeship or apprenticeship.

Mr Butcher said the next SQW funding round is open for applications. Interested organisations are encouraged to visit www.training.qld.gov.au/sqw for further information or contact their local DET regional office. Applications will close on 7 April 2016.