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$85k granted for Darling Downs job seekers

As the hourglass on the Federal Government JobKeeper supplement continues to run out, up to 2000 jobseekers in the Darling Downs have been given a helping hand thanks to the approval of 80 new local projects.

The Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative will support Toowoomba by delivering community-based training and job opportunities to unemployed Queenslanders.

The second round of funding will bring the total value of investments into south west Queensland to more than $55.8 million for 284 projects around the Darling Downs.

Toowoomba itself has been successful in securing $85,500, according to Training and Skills Development Minister Di Farmer.

One business that will be directly assisted with the new bout of funding is Gold West Apprenticeships Limited, which has received funding to employ four job seekers in Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management traineeship through its Learnscape and Beyond project.

“SQW projects support a number of social enterprises that bring specialist support and employment opportunities for people who face disadvantages when applying for work.

“More than 56,000 people have been skilled for work since 2015, with more than 34,000 people finding a job as a direct result of participating in SQW projects or traineeships.

“The projects connect jobseekers with the training and support they need to secure long-term employment.

“We know that every dollar invested in Skilling Queenslanders for Work generates almost eight dollars in return, so it’s a great investment for Queensland.”

Originally published as $85k granted for Darling Downs job seekers