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Disadvantaged lent a hand

MORE than 1700 disadvantaged people will be trained for real jobs thanks to the latest funding round of the State Government's Community Learning initiative.

Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said more than 9000 training places had been funded under the initiative since it was launched in 2013.

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

"The results speak for themselves, with more than half of those who've completed training under Community Learning now in work.

Mr Bennett said the State Government believed in helping Queenslanders get ahead - while at the same time addressing skills shortages and boosting productivity

"The Lock in Knowledge and Skills program (LINKS), provides training in construction, hospitality, business and primary industries will place participants, thanks to a $120,000 Community Learning grant," he said.

"The government is partnering with local organisations to ensure that all training is specific and customised to individual learners and their needs," he said.

"I'm proud to be part of a team that can give organisations like the Salvation Army's Booth College the assistance they need to support people in our region."

Mr Bennett said that almost $4.3 million had been allocated to fund 34 training projects in the latest round of the five-year, $47 million Community Learning program.

To find out more visit www.training.qld.gov.au.

Topics:  community, jobs, stephen bennett




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