Wide Bay candidate Lucy Stanton says no one really knows the local jobs environment like the local people.
Wide Bay candidate Lucy Stanton says no one really knows the local jobs environment like the local people. Robyne Cuerel

Labor promises share of $1.5 million for jobs, training

LABOR candidate Lucy Stanton has promised a share in $1.5 million for Wide Bay jobs and skills training if successful at the ballot box this weekend.

"With an economy transition, it's important to connect people to employment and employers to connect to the right people," Ms Stanton said.

Ms Stanton said the investment would line up local industry, community leaders and employment co-ordinators to address the specific employment and skills challenges of the Fraser Coast region.

Under Labor's new employment model, jobs and training boards would be formed to support current local employment co-ordinators in their work to fix skill shortage gaps.

"No one really knows the local jobs environment like the local people," Ms Stanton said.

"We need to be diversifying.

"There's no point in training people for areas where they aren't needed."

Ms Stanton said linking employers, industries, students and jobseekers was key to future success for business and employment.

She said Wide Bay and South Burnett, as well as Hervey Bay, had been identified as Priority Employment Areas to be included in the first stage of Labor's Jobs and Training Boards roll out.



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