Gold Coast council gets work funds

Gold Coast City Council has been awarded $135000 by the  Queensland Government to employ a research officer to undertake the Industry Government Strategic Skills Audit.
Queensland Government treasurer, Andrew Fisher said the audit will identify and support growth industry sectors and help to link future industries with available skills and education.
The initiative comes under the state government’s $1.6 million funding for Gold Coast employment and training projects.
Mr Fraser said the funds will help more than 260 long-term unemployed jobseekers and early school leavers from the Gold Coast move into the workforce.
He said the most recent grants brought the total Skilling Queenslanders for Work funding for the Gold Coast to more than $5.5 million to date this financial year.
Since the initiative began in July 2007, more than 6000 Gold Coast people have been assisted with an investment of $22.84 million.
"This latest funding will cover nine projects along the length of the Gold Coast," Mr Fraser said.
"It includes five Get Set for Work projects that are designed specifically to help disengaged young people who have either left school early or are at risk of doing so.”
Other funding includes; $442,300 to Community Support Agency for a paid work placement project for 25 long-term unemployed people to undertake environmental work in the vicinity of Hinze Dam at Gilston; $324,400 to Community Support Agency for two separate Get Set for Work projects – one at
Reedy Creek for 30 young people and another at Coombabah, also for 30; $145,610 to Busy Inc at Southport for a Get Set for Work project for 30 participants; $100,200 to Bridging the Gap Job Help Gold Coast for a Get Set for Work project for 20 participants at Arundel.
Wesley Mission will also receive $175,950 for a Get Set for Work project at Robina for 30 young people; $86,500 to Community Support Agency for a Community Literacy Program at Reedy Creek to help 90 jobseekers from a non-English speaking background develop literacy and numeracy skills for the Australian work environment.
Mr Fraser said 29 projects had been funded for the Gold Coast in 2010/11 through Skilling Queenslanders for Work.
"This will help more than 1200 local people move into jobs or further training," he said.
"The not-for-profit organisations funded through the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative offer training and experience in fields that industry has
identified as having skills shortages.


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