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Successful Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program Receives Ongoing Funding

Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) programs are a set of short upskilling courses that are funded and supported by the Queensland Government. These training programs are perfect for people who are unemployed or under-employed, re-entering the workforce after a little while or disadvantaged job seekers.

Since the program launched, Skilling Queenslanders for Work has assisted over 36,000 people into jobs and has been widely celebrated as a successful program for Queenslanders. In the recent budget, the Queensland Government announced a continuing $80 million annual investment.

Minister for Employment and Training, Di Farmer stated: “We are making this investment because we know this program really works. Seventy-three per cent of participants go into employment or further training, making it one of the most successful programs of its kind”.

The program offers targeted support for unemployed or under-employed young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, mature-age jobseekers, women re-entering the workforce, people from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds, recently released prisoners and veterans or ex-service personnel.

Working together with community groups, regional employers and not for profit projects, Skilling Queenslanders for Work courses provide job seekers with on-site work experience, practical skills training and connections to employers.

BUSY At Work is contracted to deliver the program and currently offer a range of Skilling Queenslanders for Work courses that include construction projects, conservation and land management, hairdressing and barbering, hospitality and tourism, health services, childcare and more! Some of the courses offer paid work experience opportunities for job seekers.

Managing Director for BUSY At Work, Paul Miles stated “We welcome the recent announcement by the Queensland Government to continue investment in the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program. Our team at BUSY At Work has witnessed first-hand the life changing outcomes the program has for participants looking to enter or re-enter the workforce.

For more information regarding Skilling Queenslanders for Work courses, including all of BUSY At Work’s upcoming courses, visit BUSY At Work or call 13 28 78 or email



Michelle Ryan, BUSY At Work

0407 169 029 or email

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