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Qld to boost training

The Australian   |      6 July 2015

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Skills training will receive a $750 million boost in next week’s Queensland budget in an effort to improve employment prospects, with an emphasis on rebuilding the TAFE network .

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qld-tafeThe Palaszczuk government is looking to use its first ­budget to begin reversing the Newman government’s plans to downsize Queensland TAFE ­colleges.

It claims the funds could help more than 37,000 Queenslanders find a job.

Queensland Treasurer and Employment Minister Curtis Pitt said yesterday that the government aimed to provide school leavers and mature-aged students with the skills needed to fill jobs emerging in their region.

With a strong regional focus, Mr Pitt said it is “crucial that the skills of people right across Queensland mesh with employers’ needs”.

The funding package includes $243m for apprenticeships and traineeships, $60m for boosting training in the high-demand sectors of transport, construction and aged care, and $160m to rebuild the TAFE network.

The Palaszczuk government hands down its first budget on Tuesday 14 July.

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