14 Sep Back to Work program skilling CQ
The Back to Work and Skilling Queensland Workers initiative was introduced by State Government earlier this year in a bid to aid jobseekers as well as provide funding for employers. The $100 million program has so far delivered over $400 000 in Employer Support Payments across Queensland since this July, with close to $100 000 of those payments made in Central Queensland.
Last week Employment Minister Grace Grace visited Lee Crane Hire Gladstone to meet newest recruit Lisa Grossett and hear how she secured the job through the Back to Work and Skilling Queensland Workers program.
Lisa participated in the program which started in Gladstone in April this year, coordinated through the Gladstone Engineering Alliance. 28 trainees were selected to take part in a Certificate I in either Business, or Conservation and Land Management. All trainees completed the 18 week program and to date 21 of them have gained employment.
Lisa said “I’ve lived in Gladstone for nearly 10 years and mainly have a retail background, however I was unemployed since February this year. I have 3 kids, 2 in high school and 1 in primary school, so I am very grateful for the opportunities given to me throughout the program.”
Funding from State Government to the employers assists them with providing the employment opportunities in this tough economic climate. It gives the employers confidence to take on additional employees providing much needed support to regional areas like Gladstone.
Back to Work specifically targets jobseekers and employers outside the southeast corner and includes payments of up to $10,000 for employers who hire an unemployed worker, and up to $15,000 for the long-term unemployed.
Back to Work Teams have been appointed for each region to help employers and jobseekers navigate the system and help connect local employers with jobseekers in regional Queensland. Eligibility criteria apply and payments will be paid to businesses in two parts, the first payment is made after one month, and the balance at the end of the employee’s first year with the business.
Businesses can visit www.qld.gov.au/backtowork for more information on the program, or to apply for an employer support payment.