A Tim Nicholls-led LNP Government will invest $20.25 million in helping mature-age job seekers find meaningful employment.
LNP Leader Tim Nicholls said the investment would provide greater support for our “forgotten men and women” and help them re-train, learn a new skill and gain employment.
“Recent ABS figures confirm Queenslanders are earning less under Annastacia Palaszczuk and it is getting harder and harder to get more working hours and hold on to a job,” Mr Nicholls said.
“We will invest $9 million towards supporting the establishment of a dedicated job and skills match co-ordination service to help mature-age job seekers upskill and find a training course or program that will lead to a job.
“We will also invest $5.25 million towards providing greater initiatives that address skill shortages on the Queensland Skills Shortage List.
“The greatest risk Queenslanders face today is job insecurity, especially under Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor.”
LNP Shadow Skills and Training Minister Jarrod Bleijie said mature-age job seekers were just another number in the long jobless queue under Annastacia Palaszczuk.
“We have record unemployment across the state under Annastacia Palaszczuk who was elected on a jobs promise but it became apparent very quickly that the only job she was interested in was her own,” Mr Bleijie said.
“As part of our comprehensive plan to get mature-age job seekers into work we will also invest $1 million towards establishing an Industry Training Best Practice Council.
“The council will work with the Commonwealth Government to improve training standards and ensure course development is in line with modern industry needs and expectations.
“We will also invest $5 million towards a training co-investment fund and partner with industry to improve training completion rates through proven trade training programs.”