The Community Learning initiative offers hope to over 1700 disadvantaged people


Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek has announced that over 1700 disadvantaged job-seekers will be trained for real jobs under the latest round of funding of the Newman LNP Government’s five-year Community Learning initiative.

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“Our Community Learning initiative is giving disadvantaged Queenslanders the qualifications and skills they need to find work and secure themselves a brighter future,” Mr Langbroek said.

“The results speak for themselves, with more than half of those who’ve completed training under Community Learning now in work. The Newman LNP Government believes in helping Queenslanders get ahead – and at the same time we’re addressing skills shortages and boosting productivity so our state can benefit from a strong economy and a bright future.”

Almost $4.3 million have been allocated to fund 34 training projects in the latest round of the $47 million Community Learning program.

Since its launch in 2013, the Initiative has funded 127 projects worth $22.9 million to deliver supported training places to 9,031 disadvantaged learners.

As part of the Initiative and a grant of $116,000, Enterprise and Training Company (ETC) will place participants at St Vincent’s Care Services Southport facility.

“The Newman LNP Government is partnering with local organisations to ensure that all training is specific and customised to individual learners and their needs. I’m proud to be part of a strong LNP team that can give organisations like Enterprise and Training Company the assistance they need to support people on the Gold Coast,” said Member for Southport Rob Molhoek who visited the facility with Mr Langbroek.

“We can provide more than mainstream training, through mentorships, assistance to find jobs and post-employment support,” said ETC’s training manager Paul Haywood.