Training for our jobless

HIGH demand for health care has prompted the Queensland Government to contribute money to help train the long-term unemployed on the Fraser Coast to care for the sick and disabled.

The Wide Bay region has scored more than $140,000 in funding for health courses to be delivered through GP Links Wide Bay.

Treasurer Andrew Fraser said the cash would help address the skill shortage in the healthcare industry and the high unemployment rate on the Coast.

“The health care and social assistance industry is the second largest employer in the Wide Bay Burnett region and demand for employment in the industry will increase significantly over the next 10 years,” Mr Fraser said.

Fifty-four people from Maryborough, Hervey Bay and Bundaberg will directly benefit from the free training.

GP Links Wide Bay will deliver the courses under the Healthcare Connect program and the Productivity Places program.

People taking part will receive accredited health care training plus extra guidance on how to re-enter the workforce.

The programs boast a high success rate, with about two-thirds of Productivity Placement graduates in paid work a year after their course ends.

Anyone who wants to take part can call 4124 8311.



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