Program puts Queenslanders in jobs
A STATE government initiative has helped more than 100,000 Queensland jobseekers gain work and training as they move into the industry.
According to state minister for employment, skills and mining Stirling Hinchliffe, the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program - established four years ago - has seen around two-thirds of participants employed or in training with 12 months.
"Skilling Queenslanders for Work has been a resounding success right across Queensland and reaching this milestone is a great way to kick off the New Year," he said today (January 25).
"Not only are we building a workforce with skills that match current and future industry needs, we are putting thousands of Queenslanders back on the path to employment, new careers and brighter futures."
The state government is expected to provide $104 million in funding for the initiative this financial year to assist an estimated 24,000 people in 400 projects across the state.
Mr Hinchliffe noted that the program had also assisted the Queensland Green Army teams working on flood relief efforts and restoring communities in the wake of last year's natural disasters.