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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    9,000 Queenslanders now in jobs thanks to Palaszczuk Government

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Sunday, July 16, 2017

    9,000 Queenslanders now in jobs thanks to Palaszczuk Government

    The Palaszczuk Government has announced that 9,000 Queenslanders are now in jobs thanks to a training initiative that the LNP scrapped exactly five years ago today.

    The Palaszczuk Government reinstated the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative, and since it began, 14,121 people have completed a training program.

    Of those, 64 per cent, or 9,026, have gained employment. 2,288 have gone on to further training, and 345 have returned to school.

    Minister for Training and Skills Yvette D’Ath said it was unbelievable that the Newman-Nicholls Government decided to scrap a program that had helped so many Queenslanders secure employment.

    “Back in 2012, the LNP cut the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program despite evidence showing the initiative helped people get jobs,” Mrs D’Ath said.

    “A Deloitte report (available here) showed that 8,500 Queenslanders at the time would not have gained employment if it had not have been for Skilling Queenslanders for Work.

    “Yet, in a media release at the time, then training and employment minister John-Paul Langbroek said employment services were the responsibility of the Federal Government and that Skilling Queenslanders for Work programs were not ‘front line positions’. 

    “Tell that to the 9,000 Queenslanders who are now in jobs.”

    Mrs D’Ath said Skilling Queenslanders for Work was about ensuring people had access to training to help them get the skills and knowledge needed to secure employment. 

    “Job seekers undertake training courses and also acquire on-the-job experience by working on projects that in turn benefit the community. 

    “The initiative is targeted at unemployed and under-employed Queenslanders, including disengaged youth, mature age job seekers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people with a disability and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

     

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