The Queensland Government is committed to growing the number of apprentices and trainees across the state to ensure Queensland has the skilled workers it needs for the future.

Acting Minister for Training and Skills Development, Mark Ryan said four organisations will share in $495,000 to promote the exciting opportunities an apprenticeship can provide.

“Apprenticeships and traineeships set people up for lifelong careers and are vital for growing the Queensland workforce,” Mr Ryan said.

“All four organisations will match the investment, resulting in almost $1 million towards promoting apprenticeship programs across their industries throughout Queensland.

The successful recipients are the National Electrical Contractors Association, HGT Australia Ltd (Novaskill), Smart Employment Solutions and the National Retail Association.

Director of Training at the National Retail Association, Ms Yvonne Williams, was thrilled at hearing the good news.

“This money, matched with our own, will enable us to create an awareness among Queensland retailers of the available funding subsidies for traineeships and accredited training.

“We will assist retail employers to engage with the traineeship model at state-wide workshops, as well as providing a one-point contact for traineeship opportunities,” she said.

The Minister said retail is the second largest employing industry in Queensland, with a workforce of more than 245,000 people.

The National Retail Association will be delivering workshops across the state throughout the year,” Mr Ryan said.

The workshops will focus on Customer Service skills or Leadership skills, and be delivered in all Queensland regions.  If you are interested in having one of these workshops delivered for your employees, contact Yvonne Williams, and we will be happy to work out a time and place that suits you.