New round of funding for training now open to employers

QUEENSLAND employers and industry organisations can now apply for up to $400,000 funding in a 50-50 deal to meet training needs in priority skills areas.

Education and Training Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the first funding round in the government's $10 million industry partnership strategy would create jobs and help people find meaningful employment.

He said the program would target training growth in the "right areas" and help businesses to deliver the innovative training solutions they needed.

"Working in partnership with industry means students will gain relevant training to increase job prospects for a brighter future," he said.

Assistant Minister for Technical and Further Education Saxon Rice said employers and industry organisations - or a cluster of businesses with similar training needs and skills requirements - could apply to join a 50-50 funding partnership with the Queensland Government.

She said the funding awarded, up to $400,000, would depend on the project's nature, the assistance needed and the number of participants the project would benefit.

"The organisations will be required to match the government's dollar investment and demonstrate industry demand for and benefit from the training that students will access as a result of this partnership," she said.

"I encourage industry and businesses across the state to consider this great opportunity to give their employees or potential employees nationally accredited training in areas that will increase their productivity in the workplace, or work to alleviate critical skills or labour shortages."

Applications close on Friday August 29.