The Queensland government announced the funding for the latest iteration of its Skilling Queenslanders for Work program.
The Skilling Queenslanders for Work program funds skills development, training and job opportunities for unemployed, disengaged or disadvantaged Queenslanders through a suite of targeted skills and training programs.
The money will be allocated to organisations who were successful in receiving a share of the $10 million boost to the program to take on Work Skills trainees announced earlier this month.
Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said more than 200 projects have been funded under the latest round of the program.
“Skilling Queenslanders for Work has a great track record for providing hands-on, job-ready skills and training to Queenslanders who need it most,” Ms Fentiman said.
“Almost 31,000 people have found jobs thanks to participating in a Skilling Queenslanders for Work project since 2015 and we want that number to grow.
“Investing in programs like these will open doors to more opportunities for Queenslanders while helping to drive our economy.
“This initiative is part of the Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs plan and will deliver real support to get people back in the workforce.”
One such business involved in the program was Challenge Employment and Training, which has delivered more projects across Ipswich, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Moreton Bay.
Challenge Employment and Training chief Richard Lindner welcomed the latest round of funding and said they have a proven record of getting participants into work once they finish the program.
“Challenge partners with local community groups, such as the Mudgeeraba Showgrounds on the Gold Coast, to undertake projects that leave a lasting benefit to the community,” Mr Lindner said.
“These projects build up the trainees’ confidence while giving them practical experience in using different tools and following a plan, co-operating with other team members and their supervisor.
“A current project underway at Showgrounds is seeing our participants installing bollards, repairing and painting the ticket boxes and repairing the outdoor tables and seats while gaining a Certificate I in Construction.”