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More help for councils to boost skills training

Councils have praised the Labor party’s commitment to continue the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program if it is returned to government at the 25 November election.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the program would be boosted under a returned Labor government by an additional $180 million over three years totalling $420 million by 2020-21.

Local Government Association of Queensland chief executive Greg Hallam said Skilling Queenslanders for Work was particularly important for councils as it ensured training to build the work readiness of a range of people including long-term unemployed, youth, women returning to the workplace, victims of domestic violence, people with a disability and other disadvantaged members of the community.

“Councils are especially pleased to see the ongoing commitment to the very successful First Start program under Skilling Queenslanders for Work, which has seen more than 800 young people across 68 council areas receive training and employment,’’ he said.

“The beauty of this program is that it can be applied to ensure councils are best equipped to deal with pockets of youth joblessness in all areas, including south east Queensland.’’


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