LNP jobs plan to Get Queensland Working

by Ted Sorensen

* LNP releases plan to create an estimated 20,000 jobs for Queenslanders
* Plan includes apprenticeship boost, small business grants and an employment bonus for employers
* LNP’s plan aims to return Labor’s lost jobs and Get Queensland Working

An LNP jobs plan will create jobs for up to 20,000 young Queenslanders, encourage apprentices to finish their training and incentivise employers to train and retain workers.

Shadow Employment Minister Jarrod Bleijie said the LNP’s plan to Get Queensland Working would include targeted support for small businesses and workers that led to jobs and opportunities for young Queenslanders.

“The LNP has a strong track record of providing pathways to jobs for young Queenslanders, but we recognise more needs to be done to Get Queensland Working,” Mr Bleijie said.

“Our plan will provide businesses with support to recruit young Queenslanders, encourage them to take on apprentices to help them finish their training and provide a boost to employers to cover workers compensation premiums.

“It will also include support for up to 20,000 tradies over four years by contributing $500 towards new tools for apprentices upon completion of their training.”

Mr Bleijie said the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s inaction had seen 21,300 young Queenslanders lose their jobs since January 2015 and youth unemployment was set to get worse.

“In stark contrast, the former LNP government increased funding for vocational education and training and empowered industry so we were training our young people for the high-quality jobs the economy needed.”

The LNP’s Plan to Get Queensland Working:

1. Queensland Apprenticeship Boost
Providing a $5000 incentive for Queensland businesses who take on a new apprentice from beginning to end. This boost will provide up to 10,000 new apprentices over 4 years.

2. Tools for Tradies
$500 voucher for tradies who complete their apprenticeship to get the tools they need to get working. This will provide tools to 20,000 tradies over 4 years to help them get ahead.

3. Job Start Incentive
$4000 grants over 12 months to assist small businesses with recruitment and start-up costs for eligible young Queenslanders (15-24) who are unemployed and not enrolled in full-time education or training. This will provide businesses incentives to employ up to 10,000 young Queenslanders over 4 years.

4. Employment Bonus
Thanks to the stewardship of the LNP, WorkCover Queensland is in a strong financial position. A bonus to encourage businesses who employ eligible participants under the Apprenticeship Boost and Job Start Incentive will be provided to further encourage businesses to train and retain young Queenslanders. After 12 months of continuous employment of each eligible participant, employers will have that workers’ wages excluded as part of the next year’s premium calculation

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