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Free TAFE and apprenticeships help 30,000 Queenslanders

A wave of subcontractors opportunities for the tunnel and station work packages will be released for the Cross River Rail project in the coming weeks.

More than 30,000 young Queenslanders have accessed the State Government’s free training program, Equipping TAFE.

The $100 million investment into the TAFE sector is part of the state’s economic recovery plan.

Training and Skills Minister Development Di Farmer said giving young people the chance to train for free in 165 priority qualifications, wherever they live, is crucial to helping them get the jobs in demand.

“Since January this year, expanding free training to all Queenslanders under 25 meant that 37,000 more young people have become eligible to enrol in these qualifications, through Free TAFE or Free Apprenticeships,” Farmer said.

“This has really helped boost demand for this program, with more than 30,000 young Queenslanders now having accessed free training – including over 26,000 apprentices and trainees.

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“This allows young people to focus on their studies and working without the worry of training debt.”

The Free Apprenticeships initiative is designed to encourage more businesses to hire apprentices and trainees without the burden of training costs.

“This support covers traditional trades in construction, electrotechnology, resources, automotive, engineering and other options in childcare, community services, hospitality, laboratory science, beauty and hairdressing,” she said.

Farmer said with a continued focus on regional economic recovery, the first wave of the Queensland Government’s $100 million Equipping TAFE for our Future will soon be calling for tenders for eight projects to start construction before the end of the year.

“The first eight projects, worth $20.6 million, is the first tranche in the delivery of cutting-edge training spaces and facilities for TAFE Queensland staff and students and will help train a world-class skilled workforce,” Farmer said.

“Along with the Free TAFE and Free Apprenticeships initiative, the Palaszczuk Government’s investment in training and skills will help future-proof Queensland’s workforce and will continue to drive Queensland’s economic recovery post-COVID.”

The first eight Equipping TAFE for our Future infrastructure projects will be delivered in Cairns, Cannonvale, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Toowoomba, Yarrabilba, Mooloolaba and Southbank.

Other Equipping TAFE for our Future infrastructure projects will be delivered in Rockhampton, Mackay, Bowen, Bohle, Bundamba, Robina, and Eagle Farm in Brisbane.

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