Chris Whiting is backing a bid to get more Queenslanders into traineeships at Moreton Bay Regional Council and Unity Water.
Chris Whiting said that he Palaszczuk Government has invested $6 million to create 400 new traineeship positions with local councils across the state.
“This program gives local residents the opportunity to gain the skills and training they need to find work and build a successful career,” said Chris Whiting.
“Queenslanders want their local council to open doors to fantastic career opportunities.
“The Skilling Queenslanders for Work First Start initiative will provide Queenslanders with the opportunity to undertake a 12-month traineeship with local councils and community-based organisations.
”This program delivers fantastic results for young Queenslanders with 85 percent of First Start trainees and apprentices aged 15-24 years.
“We know young Queenslanders need access to more training and employment opportunities and that’s what makes this initiative so successful.
“Training opportunities are vital to Queensland’s strong job growth and improving job prospects for Queenslanders will boost the local economy and help businesses to grow,” said Chris Whiting.
Unity Water and 66 local councils have been successful in securing funding under the latest round of Skilling Queenslanders for Work First Start.
First Start is just one component in the $80 million allocated to Skilling Queenslanders for Work to provide training and support to a minimum 10,000 disadvantaged Queenslanders.
For further information visit www.training.qld.gov.au/sqw
For a list of recipients visit: www.training.qld.gov.au/firststart