Thursday, 1 February 2018

$30.66 million in funding under the latest round of Skilling Queenslanders for Work

The North Queensland Cowboys are one of 161 organisations to share in $30.66 million in funding under the latest round of Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.
Minister for Training and Skills Development, Shannon Fentiman visited the NRL Cowboys Clubhouse today to meet the Club’s hospitality trainees who are kicking career goals thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work.
“Skilling Queenslanders for Work is generating fantastic results around the state and the North Queensland Cowboys’ ‘Dream, Believe, Achieve’ project gives North Queenslanders who have struggled to find a job, the skills and training they need to find work and build a career,” Ms Fentiman said.
“Our investment in programs like this is a shining example of the Palaszczuk Government’s focus on jobs, with more than 13,000 people finding jobs thanks to the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.”
“The North Queensland Cowboys have received an additional $194,700 under the latest round of funding to support a further 60 Queenslanders to gain the skills they need to get a job in our fast growing hospitality industry.”
“Improving job prospects for Queenslanders will boost the local economy and help businesses to grow.”
“We worked closely with business and industry to create more than 130,000 jobs in our first term in office – an average of 130 new jobs every day.”
“Dream, Believe, Achieve project here at the NRL Cowboys House is one of seven projects to share in over $1.7 million in funding for Townsville, supporting up to 288 Queenslanders to gain the skills they need to get into work under the latest round of funding. “
“Since Skilling Queenslanders for Work was reinstated by the Palaszczuk Government in 2015, $15 million has been invested in North Queensland to assist 3,405 people for 80 projects in the region.”
North Queensland Cowboys’ General Manager – Community Relations, Fiona Pelling, said the organisation was committed to supporting the local community, including people looking to join the workforce.
“Dream, Believe, Achieve has supported a range of people including quite a few mums who are looking for work for the first time in years, once their children are old enough, and really benefit from the training and support they receive through these projects,” Ms Pelling said.
“We have had 103 people complete one of our projects and seen 64 people go on to find jobs and 21 continue into further training.”
“The whole club looks for ways to engage with and support our community, especially with Australian of the Year nominee Jonathan Thurston leading our player group. Seeing the club’s network, including our present team and past players like Ray Thompson, getting behind our Skilling Queenslanders for Work participants and other community activities lifts everyone to keep working hard towards these goals.”
Skilling Queenslanders for Workfunds skills development, training and job opportunities for unemployed, disengaged or disadvantaged Queenslanders through a suite of targeted skills and training programs.
Further rounds of Skilling Queenslanders for Work will be opening soon, for more information visit www.training.qld.gov.au/sqw

Source: Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

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