Aged care trainer Pippa Gibson from the Community Solutions Group will train 135 new workers.
Aged care trainer Pippa Gibson from the Community Solutions Group will train 135 new workers. Alistair Brightman

State hopes to end skills shortage

A STAGGERING $790,000 in State Government funding has been given to a Fraser Coast employment training company to tackle the region's future employment needs.

Hervey Bay's Community Solutions Group received the funding from two separate government grants which were developed in an attempt to reduce skills shortages in regional areas.

More than 140 unemployed workers will be trained under the new grant, with the organisation planning to focus on key areas including aged care and asset maintenance.

Community Solutions Group contract manager Nikki Cross said this was the third set of funding the company had received from the government.

"Last year the money was used to train people in aged care, business and retail," Mrs Cross said.

"But we have found this year there is more of a skills shortage in asset maintenance and cleaning than in business.

"Aged care is still an issue though, so we will be training about 135 people to work in that industry."

More than $607,000 of the State Government funding will be assigned towards training new aged-care workers.

The remaining $183,000 is expected to go towards training workers in horticulture as part of the Skilling Queenslander for Work initiative.

Community Solutions Group managing director David Curd said both projects would take a holistic approach to employment preparation, which would include post-participation support for jobseekers.

"These projects will not only help to increase the number of local people in the workforce, but will expand the skills base to meet the needs of the future," he said.

The funding was given to the Community Solutions Group under the Wide Bay Aim to Train and Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiatives.


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