Sixteen school leavers from Far North Queensland will benefit from increased job opportunities, care and support thanks to a $203,378 funding boost from the Bligh Government.

Minister for Disability Services Annastacia Palaszczuk and State Members for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt and Barron River Steve Wettenhall announced the new funding today.

“This new funding is great news for these students and their families,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“It will help them to access further education and work opportunities after they leave school.

“It’s part of a $4 million Statewide program to help young Queenslanders with a disability build careers and rewarding social lives.

“The Transition from School program will support 290 Queensland school leavers this financial year, up from 260 last year.”

Mr Pitt said the new funding would deliver much-needed support to local students and their families.

“The new program will help young people to get a job, and that’s this Government’s number one priority,” Mr Pitt said.

“The school leavers involved in the program will learn new skills in information technology, communications and business.”

Mr Wettenhall said the Bligh Government was committed to delivering a Queensland where everyone gets a fair go.

“This program will give these young people a career path and open up new social opportunities for them after school,” Mr Wettenhall said.

“That’s what this program is all about, and that’s why young Queenslanders with a disability can count on the Bligh Government to keep supporting them.”