$220k funding to tackle unemployment

MORE than $220,000 of funding will be injected into training programs to help battle the region's worrying unemployment rate.


Almost $180,000 has been committed to Mission Australia to deliver their Driving Your Future project which will see 80 young people in Bundaberg, Childers and the Fraser Coast equipped with certificates in retail and hospitality, as well as their drivers licence.

More than $40,400 has also been committed to Impact to provide 20 people with a certificate three in aged care, disability, or home and community care.

Impact general manager Steve Beer said the training provider had a great reputation for delivering training that led to employment.

"Our training tends to be very holistic in terms of developing people's confidence and motivation to help them enter the workforce," he said.

"It really gives these people the best chance possible to complete their training and find work."

"With aged care training often it's 85-95% that get into employment so we're talking great outcomes here."

Anglicare Meilene clinical nurse Patricia Porter has hired a number of people after they completed training with Impact and said she could vouch for the success of the programs.

"We've employed five of their people in the last (six months)," she said.

"It's been really good for us because they're really good students that are well prepared and fit in really well with the organisation."

Mission Australia Queensland state director Phil Schultz said high unemployment was a serious concern in the region, with young people doing it particularly tough.

"Many of our young people are at risk of falling through the cracks," Mr Schultz said.

"The ABS Labour Force Data for June revealed that youth unemployment in the Wide Bay region now sits at 16.8%. That is much higher than the 13.5% state average and significantly higher than the general unemployment rate.

"Many of the young people we work with are struggling to transition from school to the workforce and some are facing huge barriers to participation in education, employment and their communities generally."

The support for the two local projects is part of a $6.6m funding announcement by the Queensland Government's Community Learning Program to deliver training to 3400 people across the state.

Previous rounds of the funding have also benefited people in the Bundaberg region with the Salvation Army Booth College receiving a $399,900 injection last year.

For more information about the Mission Australia program, email or call 0477 753 893.

Information on applying for Community Learning funding and the full list of projects funded in the first round for 2014-15 are both available at

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