UPSKILLING DALBY: WDRC Mayor Paul McVeigh, Beth Woods from Dalby Welcoming, Dalby Chamber president Rohan May, secretary Tania Marshall and Malcolm Irvine from Waminda.
UPSKILLING DALBY: WDRC Mayor Paul McVeigh, Beth Woods from Dalby Welcoming, Dalby Chamber president Rohan May, secretary Tania Marshall and Malcolm Irvine from Waminda. Jessica Bahr

Funding injection to help boost our skills

RESIDENTS around Dalby are gaining a whole new set of skills and over $460, 000 of support, thanks to an injection of funding.

On Friday Dalby Chamber, Waminda, and Dalby Welcoming Community were announced as three recipients of grants through the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

The initiative offers training programs to improve skills, gain qualifications, and increase employment opportunities.

The groups eligible are young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, mature-age job seekers, women re-entering the workforce and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

WDRC mayor Paul McVeigh said the Skilling Queensland grants were a great opportunity for the community.

"It's 460, 000 that's going to be injected into our community over the next few months,” he said.

"One of the challenges in our community is that we are looking for people to upskill so they can fit into available positions and that's what this offers.”

"It's not just about the injection of funds; it's the upskilling of the region and that combination of these groups that's going to deliver a broad cross section of education to our people.”

Waminda and Dalby Chamber will be putting the funding toward Work Skills Traineeships, which provide full time paid employment opportunities, while the Welcoming Community will be doing part time Community Skills Traineeships.

Rohan May, president of Dalby Chamber, said this was the third round of funding for training programs.

"The key point for Dalby Chamber involvement is that we need to provide employees for the other business, and these grants help provide these people with additional skills to get a job,” he said.

"When we did the first round, we got nine out of the 11 people placed, which was a great outcome.”

"They come out with a Certificate I in Business, which is applicable at most businesses in town.

"It's bringing our community along and bringing our businesses along, and we're really proud to be involved.”

For more information, visit the Dalby Chamber website or training.qld.gov.au.


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