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Labor says new training policy won't make up for TAFE cuts

A STATE Government program will help 1700 disadvantaged Queenslanders access training - but Labor says it doesn't make up for the cuts to TAFE programs.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek yesterday said the Community Learning Initiative had helped train more than 9000 people in the last two years, and would help more this year.

"Our Community Learning initiative is giving disadvantaged Queenslanders the qualifications and skills they need to find work and secure themselves a brighter future," Mr Langbroek said.

"The results speak for themselves, with more than half of those who've completed training under Community Learning now in work.

"The Newman LNP Government believes in helping Queenslanders get ahead - and at the same time we're addressing skills shortages and boosting productivity so our state can benefit from a strong economy and a bright future."

However, Shadow education minister Anthony Lynham said the program could not make up for the cuts to TAFE.

"All the Newman Government is trying to do is play catch-up after they destroyed TAFE and made it unaffordable for young people who need jobs training the most," Mr Lynham said.

"That's why under the Newman Government, youth unemployment in Queensland is 18.8% in places like Ipswich and over 20% in places like Cairns.

"Any jobs training is of course welcome but more needs to be done. Queensland can't handle another three years of hikes to TAFE fees.

Mr Lynham said Labor would re-introduce the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program if elected.

Mr Langbroek said since Community Learning launched it had funded 127 projects worth $22.9 million and delivered supported training places to 9031 disadvantaged learners. - APN NEWSDESK