State Budget Promises $460m For Training, Employment Aid

A big boost for job skills, training, and programs backing businesses to get unemployed people into work is expected from an investment of $460 million into two major programs highlighted in the Queensland Government’s 2021-2022 State Budget.

The Skilling Queenslanders for Work program (www.training.qld.gov.au/sqw), which Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said has already helped more than 36,000 people into jobs, will benefit from the provision of $320 million.

“The funding provided in our State Budget ensures this successful training initiative is here for good” the Premier said.

“The funding commitment for four years means disadvantaged Queenslanders can gain skills, qualifications and experience to join and remain in the workforce.

In addition, the Back to Work program (www.backtowork.initiatives.qld.gov.au) will receive $140 million over four years.

“I want to support small business owners to not only create jobs but also access a skilled workforce to fill them.”

Treasurer and Minister for Investment Cameron Dick said the funding earmarked for the“revitalised” program would make a real difference.

“It has already helped more than 25,000 people get into work, and this major investment will help thousands more,” the Treasurer said.

“The program assists businesses to take on unemployed Queenslanders.

“Mentoring, training guidance, and support to obtain a drivers licence or a blue card have all now been added to the program.”

Member for Pumicestone Ali King said the continued funding will make a real difference locally.

“Organisations like the Youth Development Foundation here in Pumicestone have done fantastic work through Skilling Queenslanders for Work.

“This funding will see more projects like Bribie’s Congeau House upgrades help young people get the skills they need while completing valuable work for our community.”