HIGH PRIORITY: Metal fitters, sales assistants and mechanics find it easier to get jobs in the Gympie area.
HIGH PRIORITY: Metal fitters, sales assistants and mechanics find it easier to get jobs in the Gympie area.

Unemployed in Gympie? Here's what you need to study

IF YOU'RE trying to pick a course to study that will get you employed in Gympie, look at becoming a metal fitter, sales assistant or mechanic.

The latest data suggests more Vocational Education and Training students who studied in those areas were employed than other professions.

The Queensland Government this week announced subsidies to an extra 38 qualifications.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said it would mean fee-free training for Year 12 graduates enrolling in a high-priority qualification.

He said engineering, shearing and farm business management courses would now be subsidised, on top of others.

"We want to provide a world-class training system and we're delivering on our strong plan to revitalise frontline services by working in partnership with industry to deliver a skilled workforce," Mr Langbroek said.

The statistics showed 198 VET students were employed as a metal fitter or machinist in Gympie, closely followed by sales assistants and motor mechanics (both 186), electricians (179) and child carers (169).

TAFE Queensland East Coast general manager, Paul Wilson, said given Gympie was a "service orientated" community, these statistics were not surprising.

"That's just what the area is, it's a small service town," he said. "None of that is different to what we'd expect."

Livestock farmers also made it into the top 10 professions where the number of VET students were employed after their course.

Mr Wilson said students had to think about a lot of things when signing up to a course, including money, time of study and employment options once they finished.

"The changes in the government subsidies are having an impact on courses because people are having to pay for more training. That's the reality of today's environment," he said.

"So people have to be more careful in investing money in training to ensure it gives them qualities they need to get employment."

When looking for study options in Gympie, Mr Wilson suggested looking at the area's economy and what skills were in demand.

Under the government program, 11 qualifications will now be subsidised for those studying up to, and including, their first certificate three.

Another 19 qualifications and eight skills sets will be funded under the Higher Level Skills Program.

To find out more, visit http://www.training.qld.gov.au.

At a glance

Number of VET students employed:

1. Metal fitters and machinists: 198

2. Sales assistants: 186

3. Motor mechanics: 186

4. Electricians: 179

5. Child carers: 169

6. Education aides: 151

7. Aged and disabled carers: 145

8. General clerks: 133

9. Retail managers: 131

10. Livestock farmers: 130

Gympie Times


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