Nanango Electorate kids trained for jobs of tomorrow

Nanango Electorate kids trained for jobs of tomorrow

Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington, has welcomed the LNP’s strong plan to create 209,000 jobs and secure Queensland’s economic future.

Mrs Frecklington, along with Minister for Energy and Water, Mark McArdle visited local Kingaroy business Wards Electrical to discuss the announcement and how it would help create local employment for young people

“The LNP’s Jobs of Tomorrow plan will help ensure that local kids aged 15 – 24 had access to quality training to get a quality job. The LNP Government is investing in training to meet industry demands in the Nanango Electorate so that our young people can get the right skills to kick start their careers,” Mrs Frecklington said.

“Local communities have expressed their frustration to me about the challenges of getting young people into training that leads to jobs,” she said.

“Labor left our children training for training’s sake, with no link to industries where there were job opportunities.

“We want our young people to have the best chance of the right skilling pathway that leads straight to a job because we know that’s how to give them the best start in life.

“I’m proud to be part of a strong LNP team that will provide 26,000 new job and training opportunities for young Queenslanders.”

The LNP’s Jobs of Tomorrow plan includes:

  • Doubling the Queensland Apprenticeship Pledge to 12,000 apprentices. This provides employers with up to $6,000 for each additional apprentice taken on.
  • Skilling Up for Quality Jobs, to create 11,500 additional training places by allowing Queenslanders aged 15 – 24 to receive free training in priority areas under our Certificate III Guarantee, and to complete a second Certificate III where it is directly linked to local employment needs.
  • Youth Incentive for Quality Jobs, to provide a one-off $2,500 incentive for employers to offer new cadetships. This will mean 4,000 new cadets, with funding targeted to those areas in the state with historically high rates of youth unemployment.
  • Pathway to Quality Jobs, to help 4500 Queenslanders from disadvantaged backgrounds get access to the skills training and education they need to get ahead in life.

Local business owner, Alan Rowen of Wards Electrical, said they were thrilled with the news when Deb paid a visit to the business with Minister for Energy and Water, Mr Mark McArdle.

“It was great to have Deb here and Minister McArdle to explain our business and discuss the LNP

Jobs of Tomorrow policy,” Mr Rowen said.

“I’m particularly interested in the Queensland Apprenticeship Pledge program which provides $6000 for a business like ours to take on new apprentices. This would be a great way for us to take on young people looking for work,” he said.

Premier Campbell Newman said Queensland Treasury analysis confirmed the LNP’s economic plan, including the Strong Choices investment program, would create over 209,000 jobs over the next six years.

“Our strong plan has the Queensland economy on track to record the strongest growth in the nation this year,” he said.

“But in uncertain times, we need a strong government to deliver a stronger Queensland.

“Only the LNP has a strong team with a strong plan to help young Queenslanders obtain the education and training they need to get the jobs oftomorrow.”

He said the initiative would begin in July 2015.

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