$3.8 million to assist Gold Coast job seekers

Up to 600 job seekers on the Gold Coast will be able to access training programs to help find work, thanks to the Government’s newest round of funding under the successful Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

Minister for Training and Skills Yvette D’Ath said $3.8 million had been allocated to the region in this latest round, which will help local organisations run training programs to get people into jobs.

“So far, more than 9,000 Queenslanders have gained jobs as a direct result of Skilling Queenslanders for Work, including more than 820 from the Gold Coast region,” she said.


“Our Government is funding another 21 projects in the Gold Coast region, which would help get more locals into secure employment.”

Mrs D’Ath said this round included new projects that Career Employment Australia, The BUSY Group, Village Community Services, Ohana for Youth Inc and Brighter Futures Lending Hands Ltd would deliver in the region.

“These projects will help train people in hospitality, automotive underbody technology, design fundamentals, rail driving, retail services, business and conservation and land management,” Mrs D’Ath said.

“These programs will spread right across the region, including Mermaid Beach, Surfers Paradise, Southport, Beaudesert, Varsity Lakes, Broadbeach and Burleigh Heads.

“So far across Queensland we have seen 14,121 people complete a training program under Skilling Queenslanders for Work. Of those, 64 per cent, or 9,026 have gained employment, 2,288 have gone onto further training and 345 have returned to school.

“These figures prove that this program is working and is making a real difference to people’s lives.”