Funding to tackle unemployment on the Coast
THE Fraser Coast's unemployment epidemic will be tackled head on with $87,000 of State Government funding to provide 40 people with the skills to get a job.
The funding was allocated to the Fraser Coast Training Employment Support Service and Strategic Deployment Services as part of the State Government Skilling Queenslanders for Work funding initiative.
The companies will work in partnership to deliver an infrastructure training course that will see students learn how to use a range of equipment, including excavators, to enable them to be part of the workforce.
TESS chief executive officer Lance Stone said the students will construct a dam on the company's farm on Mungar Rd, the company's chief executive officer Lance Stone said, which would give them practical skills that future employers will take notice of, Mr Stone said.
"It's exciting for us a community-based organisation," he said.
"We've been involved in educating and training young people for 30 odd years so this sort of funding allows us to take it to another level I think.
"What we use our funding for is putting it all back into service delivery, so that's ensuring it all happens.
"Fundamentally it's about infrastructure, that's where the jobs are going to come from."
Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said the project was very significant for the city.
"The beauty of this project is that we teaming with two great local companies (and) the money is staying local," he said.
He said the region was fortunate to have good trainers.
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