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Investment Boosts Job Prospects in Mackay: Skilling Queenslanders for Work

Investment Boosts Job Prospects in Mackay: Skilling Queenslanders for Work

Minister Lance McCallum’s $51.7 Million Paves the Way for Skills Bonanza

The Miles Government is injecting $51.7 million into Skilling Queenslanders for Work, a landmark initiative set to benefit over 7,000 vulnerable job seekers in 2024.

Minister Lance McCallum’s announcement in Cairns kickstarts the year with targeted training and employment pathways, particularly in priority sectors such as Construction, Community Services, Early Childhood Education, Rail Infrastructure, Hospitality, and Conservation.

A Proven Success Story

Since its inception in 2015, Skilling Queenslanders for Work has been a resounding success, assisting over 83,700 unemployed and underemployed Queenslanders and facilitating the employment of more than 53,700 individuals.

The program, aimed at providing skills, qualifications, and work experience, has garnered over $684 million in funding to date, securing workforces in vital sectors like construction, primary industries, hospitality, and community services.

Mackay Takes the Lead

Mackay, a key player in this initiative, sees seven organisations receiving grants to support various projects.

Noteworthy among them is the Community Solutions Group’s Community Careers project, set to assist up to 45 job seekers in Mackay to acquire skills for employment in residential and community service settings.

Focusing on Diversity and Inclusion

Multicultural Australia’s “Planting the Seed” project is a shining example of diversity and inclusion.

With $641,000 in funding, the initiative aims to employ up to 26 job seekers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Trainees will undertake a Certificate I in Conservation and Ecosystem Management, engaging in land regeneration and plant propagation projects.

Pathways to Driving Success

Five Bridges’ “Pathway to Driving: Central Queensland” project, supported by more than $244,000 in funding, targets up to 64 job seekers, primarily from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.

The initiative focuses on providing skills required for the transport sector by offering a Certificate III in Driving Operations, including support for driver’s licence applications and costs.

Igniting Opportunities in Gladstone

Gladstone Area Group Apprentices’ “Ignite Your Opportunities” project aims to employ up to 16 job seekers, offering a Certificate I in Workplace Skills (Business) or Hospitality.

Supported by more than $275,000 in funding, trainees will contribute to community events through activities such as administration, event management, and food preparation.

The substantial investment in Skilling Queenslanders for Work is set to make a lasting impact on Mackay, fortifying its workforce and opening doors of opportunity for many.

This initiative underscores the government’s commitment to empowering communities, fostering diversity, and boosting economic resilience.

The first funding round for 2024–25 opens on January 29, 2024, promising further advancements in skills development and employment across the region.