$4 million Skills Boost makes upskilling very affordable

Far North Queenslanders are set to benefit from a significant overhaul to the state’s training that will make it more affordable to upskill and land the job of their dreams.

Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said the Palaszczuk Government’s $4 million Skills Boost would slash the cost of TAFE for Far North Queenslanders who had already utilised subsidised training.

“There are Cairns workers who have been helped previously with the cost of training who wouldn’t usually be eligible for further subsidies and could face paying thousands for a new qualification,” Mr Crawford said.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s Skills Boost, unveiled today, gives workers who have already taken advantage of subsidised training the chance to upskill without the extra costs.”

“Skills Boost will make it affordable for workers in Cairns to upgrade the training they need for a career in industries where we know there are jobs and future opportunities.”

Fourteen TAFE courses are eligible for Skills Boost in Cairns including:

· Certificate III in Travel

· Certificate III in Hospitality

· Certificate II in Kitchen Operations

· Certificate III in Horticulture

· Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

· Certificate III in Education Support

· Certificate III in Individual Support

· Certificate III in Education (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander)

· Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

· Certificate III in Community Services

· Certificate III in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care

· Certificate III in Beauty Services

· Certificate III in Business

· Certificate IV in ATSI Education

Member for Cairns Michael Healy said for qualifying workers, Skills Boost could reduce the cost of returning to training for a Certificate III in hospitality from $3,700 to between $300 and $600.

“Skills Boost means ready cash is no longer a barrier to skilling up for a new qualification or career change,” Mr Healy said

“Whether you’re already experienced and need a formal qualification to climb the company ladder or looking for a career change, Skills Boost could open doors to a new vocation of your dreams.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s $4 million investment in Skills Boost is designed to meet the skills employers want now and the expertise the Far North will need in the future.”

Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said Skills Boost had taken a region-by-region approach to tailor training opportunities.

“We know that some regions have different priorities for skills, so we’re tailoring our approach to skills boost subsidies by region,” Ms Fentiman said.

“The introduction of new technologies or other changes can impact an industry and mean that people need to learn new skills to keep up with new employment prospects.”

“Young people already have access to free apprenticeships for under 21s and free tafe for Year 12 graduates.

“Today’s announcement will build on our commitment to ensuring we have the skills needed for the jobs of the future and further boost our economy.”

“By contrast, Campbell Newman’s LNP Government cut $170 million from TAFE, sacked 2,100 staff, sold off campuses and left 40,000 Queenslanders out in the cold without job training.”

The Skills Boost initiative is part of Skills for Queensland – Great training for quality jobs and is being rolled out to deliver real benefits for trainees in regional areas of the state.

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