Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the Yarrabah Community has been given Queensland Government funding of $116,740 to provide 22 young people from the Yarrabah community with skills and experience to pursue employment and ultimately a career.

“The Choice 10 Yarrabah project, delivered by Choice Australia Management Ltd and funded by the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative, will provide job preparation assistance and work placement opportunities for the unemployed in the community,” Mr Pitt said.

“The organisation has a sub-contract with the Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council to profile 100 people to assess their personal needs and skills. They then refer them to appropriate agencies in order to help find the best pathway to employment or training.

“Participants will be provided with an individual training needs analysis, a career pathway plan, personal presentation and hygiene training as well as personal and employer expectation awareness training.”

Mr Pitt said when participants have successfully completed the job preparation training they will be referred to Pathways to the Future.

“Pathways to the Future is an organisation that provides training and development to increase the number of Indigenous people in the tourism industry through accredited training and work experience,” Mr Pitt said.

[singlepic id=246 w=240 h=320 float=left]Chief Executive Officer of Choice Australia Management Ltd Todd Hartley said that six participants would be given 14 week work placements as part of the Choice 10 Yarrabah project.

“Three participants will assist us in profiling 100 unemployed people through administration and bookkeeping work,” Mr Hartley said.

“The other three will have placements maintaining and repairing the Yarrabah Leisure Centre. This will include minor carpentry work and minor landscaping of the grounds.”

During 2010/11 the Queensland Government will invest $106 million in the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative to give an estimated 24,000 long-term unemployed and underemployed people job related assistance and skills training to maximise labour force participation and increase Queensland’s prosperity.

Twelve months after receiving assistance 66 per cent of participants are in employment or further training.

The Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative is part of the State Government’s $1 billion Queensland Skills Plan which aims to provide individuals and industry with the skills and workforce for the 21st Century.

For more information on the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative visit or call 1300 369 925.

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