Skills shortage problem addressed

SIXTY unemployed people in Gympie and South Burnett will receive accredited training to help them find new jobs thanks to $135,010 in government funding.

Parliamentary Secretary for Employment Jan Jarratt said the project – Productivity Places Program – targeted sectors identified as facing skills shortages.

“In Gympie and South Burnett the project will provide participants with accredited training to assist them in their pursuit of secure jobs in the retail and hospitality industries,” Ms Jarratt said.

“The hospitality industry has an identified skills shortage in the local community, and retail is an area of strong growth and one of the largest employing industries. This is a win for local jobseekers and for the local economy.”

The project will be delivered by Skill Centred Queensland to 30 participants in Gympie and 30 in South Burnett.

All participants will complete an accredited qualification in either Certificate II in Retail, Certificate II in Business, or Certificate II Hospitality.

Training will include work experience designed to maximise the participants' exposure to possible employers and provide practical work experience.

CEO of Skill Centred Queensland Gerry Crotty said in addition to the accredited training, participants will gain a variety of skills including life skills training, motivational skills, marketing for employment, resume building, interview skills, self-esteem and confidence, and career planning.

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