Skilling Queenslanders for Work helps 38,000 people get jobs

More than 38,000 people are now in jobs, thanks to the Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) program.

“It’s absolutely brilliant to see Skilling Queenslanders for Work hit another milestone, with more than 38,000 Queenslanders getting a job thanks to the program,” Minister for Training and Skills Development, Di Farmer, said.

“The Palaszczuk Government put investing in skills at the heart of our COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan, and here is the perfect example of delivering on our promises: we’ve made the fantastic Skilling Queenslanders for Work program permanent with funding of $80 million a year.

“We are making this investment because we know it really works. Seventy-three per cent of participants go into employment or further training, making it one of the most successful programs of its kind.

Eligible not-for-profit community organisations are being reminded that funding applications for 2021/22 close at 5pm, Thursday 19 August.

“We have funded projects for young people preparing for their first job, mature age workers who need to switch careers, parents returning to the workforce or people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who need some local experience and qualifications,” Minister Farmer said.

“Other projects have assisted people with disability, veterans and ex-service personnel, and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people.

“We have delivered projects across the state and with construction, primary industries, business services, hospitality and community services among the most popular sectors.

“Organisations can run initiatives dedicated to assisting people who need to improve their language, literacy and numeracy through the new Community Foundation Skills program and support displaced or retrenched workers who need to update their skills or switch to a new field to pursue a career in a high priority industry under the new Skill Up program.”

Since 2016, QCOSS has partnered with the Queensland Department of Employment, Small Business and Training to deliver webinars and workshops across the state to help community-based organisations respond effectively to funding applications for the Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) initiative.

View our QCOSS webinars and resources to help with your funding proposal here: https://www.qcoss.org.au/project/skilling-queenslanders-for-work-tender-writing/

For further information and to submit your application, visit www.qld.gov.au/skillingqueenslanders.