Queensland makes 'tough decision' to cut skilling programs
The Queensland Government has announced cuts to several employment and skilling initiatives it says the Federal Government already funds.
In what he described as a bid to remove funding duplication, Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the State Government was removing funding for programs that already receive substantial levels of Federal Funding. Mr Langbroek said that the State Government could no longer afford the $19 million to run the Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program.
Mr Langbroek called on the Federal Government and industry to continue to provide effective job readiness programs.
The Minister said that no front line services would be effected by the cuts.
“Skilling Queenslanders for Work programs are not front line positions and we are committed to keeping our election promise that no font line positions will be affected”.
“All 144 full time equivalent staff will be offered voluntary redundancies, vacant positions in the department, or will be put on the deployment list to be placed in other departments.”