Million Places Training Program Unveiled in Qld

One million places will be funded for training in priority sectors, including construction, under a new Queensland Government program.

In what is said to be the biggest skills and training reform in almost a decade, the Miles government will fund these places to “ease the cost of living pressure for those who want to train, upskill, reskill and build a career in the state sector.” priority industries”.

The Good Jobs, Great Training: Queensland Skills Strategy 2024-2028 will deliver more free and subsidized training for Queenslanders, the government says.

The strategy expands Labour’s Free TAFE program and funds up to 70,000 free TAFE places, including 30,000 new places, to reduce the cost for Queenslanders to get higher-paying jobs or start a career in high-demand industries.

It will also fund one million government-subsidized training positions in healthcare, social services, hospitality, clean energy, construction and more.

“The strategy will train Queenslanders for good jobs in priority areas such as construction training, delivered from facilities such as TAFE Queensland’s Acacia Ridge campus. the largest trade training center in the Southern Hemisphere, covering an area of ​​over 22 hectares,” the government said.

“Across five focus areas and over five years, the strategy aims to maximize productivity and participation, unlocking billions in annual investment in skills. including a $370 million funding increase to boost the new strategy.”

Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick said the initiative is “backed by $370 million in direct funding, backed by progressive coal royalties”.