JOB CREATION: Walkers boilermaker John Caterer.
JOB CREATION: Walkers boilermaker John Caterer. Mike Knott BUN150416WALKERS7

Walkers on board with jobs package

STAFF at Walkers Engineering had a visit from Employment Minister Grace Grace today, who was in town to spruik her government's Back to Work regional jobs package.

The Bundaberg firm has hired four new workers under the scheme and is one of 153 Wide Bay-Burnett employers signed on to the $100 million program.

"Since Back to Work started last year, 230 jobseekers in the Wide Bay-Burnett have been hired in new jobs as a result of this initiative,” Ms Grace said.

"This is a fantastic program that's delivering great results.”

Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson said employers and jobseekers in the region had been supportive of the program.

"The local Back to Work Team is helping to connect local businesses with employers, and some of those benefiting most are young jobseekers,” Ms Donaldson said.

She said 32 jobseekers aged 15-24 had been hired in Wide Bay-Burnett under the $20,000 Back to Work Youth Boost, open until the end of the month.

"And it's also great news for employers, with $1 million in employer support payments already paid to Wide Bay-Burnett employers under this program.”

"If you're a business that's thinking of hiring a new worker, I want to encourage you to get in touch with our local Back to Work team.”

Ms Grace said 1300 regional Queenslanders had been employed through the initiative since it started in July.

"Already, more than $5.5 million in employer support payments have been paid to businesses throughout regional Queensland,” she said.

"Back to Work is giving regional businesses the confidence to hire, and that's great news for jobseekers and regional economies.”

For more information click here or phone 13 74 68.

WORK IT OUT

  • Two-year program running to July 2018 that provides employer support payments for eligible employers who hire an unemployed worker
  • $10,000 for an unemployed worker
  • $15,000 for long-term unemployed (out of work for 12 months or more)
  • $20,000 for hiring a young jobseeker aged 15-24 (until February 28)


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