Govt. initiative gets more than 800 unemployed Gold Coasters back to work

MORE than 800 unemployed or disadvantaged residents on the Gold Coast now have a job, thanks to a $10 million state government initiative.

The Palaszczuk Government’s successful Skilling Queenslanders for Work program has so far helped 840 Gold Coasters get back into the workforce and a further 206 have gone onto further training or returned to school.

The figures come as the program reaches a new benchmark of getting 10,000 people back to work across the state.


Minister for Training and Skills Yvette D’Ath said the government had invested $10.1 million for a total 85 projects.

“These projects offer tailored support to young people, mature age people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with a disability, and people from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds,” Mrs D’Ath said.

Mrs D’Ath said the figures showed Skilling Queenslanders for Work was making a real difference to people’s lives.

“Through these programs, job seekers are developing their skills that will ultimately help them stand out during the job application process and make a good start when they get an opportunity.

“It is wonderful to see Skilling Queenslanders for Work is producing fantastic outcomes for people in the Gold Coast region and across the state.”

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.

Applications for the next round of Skilling Queenslanders for Work funding closed at 5pm today.