Skills program helps Ipswich locals into work

05 August 2020

More than 480 Ipswich people will benefit from essential on-the-job training under the Palaszczuk Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work program.

Member for Ipswich West Jim Madden said more than $4.5 million would be invested in skills programs to help locals back into the workforce.

“As we deliver Queensland’s plan for economic recovery, this Skilling Queenslanders funding couldn’t have come at a better time,” Mr Madden said.

“In Brassall, BTC Cooperative will take 30 locals through its Work Skills Traineeships program with a Certificate I in Construction up for grabs."

Member for Bundamba Lance McCallum said construction certification was also on offer at Redbank.

“Career Employment Australia is running a great program in rail restoration which, through Skilling Queenslanders, 15 locals will now participate in,” Mr McCallum said.

“Training is also available at the Swanbank Station restoration project, returning the 117-year-old site and crown jewel of the Pioneer Steam Railway to its former glory.

“More than $620,000 is being invested between the two projects, which will quite literally get locals back on track.”

Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard welcomed good news for aspiring horticulturalists.

“Five Bridges assists local Indigenous jobseekers in a really practical way, and its Youth Skills program is a fine example,” Ms Howard said.

“Offering both a Certificate II in Horticulture and Vocational Pathways, our $136,000 investment will fund the placement of 20 Ipswich locals."

Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said more than 5,000 Queenslanders would benefit from the latest round of funding.

“Almost 31,000 people have found jobs since 2015 and we want that number to grow,” Ms Fentiman said.

“Investing in programs like these will open doors to more opportunities for Queenslanders while helping to drive our economy."

Skilling Queenslanders for Work funds skills development, training and job opportunities for unemployed, disengaged or disadvantaged Queenslanders through a suite of targeted skills and training programs.

For more information go here or phone 1300 369 935.