$1.52M investment in local skills and training

08 July 2022

One of the biggest ever local investments in Skilling Queenslanders for Work will support more than 320 young jobseekers through $1.52 million in projects across the Bundamba community.

Challenge Employment and Training, Prestige Staffing Solutions and Blueprint Employment and Training will deliver projects in Bundamba, Collingwood Park, Riverview and Redbank Plains as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s latest $41 million investment in the hugely successful Skilling Queenslanders for Work program.

Member for Bundamba Lance McCallum said the first round of 2022 funding would support more than 6,000 people across the state.

“Our local Challenge Employment and Training at Collingwood Park is a real Skilling Queenslanders for Work success story, supporting more than 2,500 people and over 80 projects since 2015,” Mr McCallum said.

“Its Future Engineering Pathways project will provide 48 people with the opportunity to gain new skills right here in our local community.

“The team from Prestige will support 30 people with work skills traineeships as part of its Business for Heroes program, and Blueprint will partner with local businesses and industry to deliver new upskilling projects.

“This is another investment in skills and training that will once again deliver real long-term outcomes for hundreds of jobseekers across our local community.

“Since July 2015, we’ve backed Ipswich projects with $47.5 million, delivering skills and training for more than 4,800 people.

“And now we’re permanently funding Skilling Queenslanders for Work with $80 million a year to get more people into more local jobs.

“About 75 per cent of all Skilling Queenslanders for Work participants go on to get work or take part in further training, making it the most successful program of its kind.

“It’s all part of the Palaszczuk Government’s record $1.2 billion commitment to skills and training to continue delivering high quality training for Queenslanders.”