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$1.2M in programs to upskill local jobseekers

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2000 jobseekers across the state are expected to undertake training, after more than 80 Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) programs get the go ahead.

It includes $1.2 million dollars that's been green lit for five projects across the Wide Bay, which is set to assist 94 locals.

Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith said SQW projects support social enterprises that bring specialist support and employment opportunities for people who face disadvantages when applying for work.

“More than 56,000 people have been skilled for work since 2015, with more than 34,000 people finding a job as a direct result of participating in SQW projects or traineeships,” Mr Smith said.

“The projects connect jobseekers with the training and support they need to secure long-term employment.”

“We know that every dollar invested in Skilling Queenslanders for Work generates almost eight dollars in return, so it’s a great investment for Queensland.”