First Policy Package – Jobs For Tomorrow.

by Ted Sorensen
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LNP unveils plan for the Jobs of Tomorrow

More than 209,000 jobs would be created in Queensland over the next six years as a result of the LNP’s strong plan to secure the state’s economic future.

Premier Campbell Newman made the pledge while releasing the LNP’s Jobs of Tomorrow plan to ensure the next generation of Queenslanders had access to high quality training to kick start their careers.

“Just three years ago, young Queenslanders were not being given the support needed to secure a rewarding job, participation in training was at an all-time low and taxpayer money was thrown away on training for training’s sake,” Mr Newman said.

“Since coming to office, we’ve been working hard to reform the vocational education and training sector to ensure training leads to real, high quality jobs.  We’ve been working directly with industry to identify skill shortages and direct funding into training to address those needs, because we know providing the right skills is key to growing a four pillar economy."

“With new technology comes new opportunities, and the LNP will ensure young Queenslanders get the quality training that leads to a quality career.  While we’re making progress, we know there’s more to do and our Jobs of Tomorrow plan will provide 26,000 new job and training opportunities for young Queenslanders."

“The LNP’s Jobs of Tomorrow plan is one part of our strong economic plan to create more than 209,000 jobs over the next six years.”

The LNP’s Jobs of Tomorrow plan includes:
• Doubling the Queensland Apprenticeship Pledge to 12,000 apprentices. This provides employers with up to $6,000 for each additional apprentice taken on.
• Skilling Up for Quality Jobs, to create 11,500 additional training places by allowing Queenslanders aged 15 – 24 to receive free training in priority areas under our Certificate III Guarantee, and to complete a second Certificate III where it is directly linked to local employment needs.
• Youth Incentive for Quality Jobs, to provide a one-off $2,500 incentive for employers to offer new cadetships. This will mean 4,000 new cadets, with funding targeted to those areas in the state with historically high rates of youth
• Pathway to a Quality Job, to help 4500 Queenslanders from disadvantaged backgrounds get access to the skills training and education they need to get ahead in life.

Mr Newman said Queensland Treasury analysis confirmed the LNP’s economic plan, including the Strong Choices investment program, would create over 209,000 jobs over the next six years.

“Our strong plan has the Queensland economy on track to record the strongest growth in the nation this year,” he said.

“But in uncertain times, we need a strong government to deliver a stronger Queensland.  “Only the LNP has a strong team with a strong plan to help young Queenslanders obtain the education and training they need to get the jobs of tomorrow.”


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