SIGNED SEALED AND DELIVERED: Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council unveils new sign welcoming people to the historical township.
SIGNED SEALED AND DELIVERED: Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council unveils new sign welcoming people to the historical township. Chatur Zala

Cherbourg shares in $3 million funding

THE Queensland Government has invested $3 million to extend the successful training program in partnership with the Local Government Association of Queensland.

Training and Skills Development minister Shannon Fentiman met with the Indigenous mayors in Brisbane on Monday December 10.

They decided the three-year extension to the program was due to its high success.

"The Capacity Building for Remote Indigenous Communities program gives indigenous Queenslanders the opportunity to gain the skills and training they need to work and build a successful career,” she said.

Since August 2015 the Queensland government has invested $1 million each year to work with the 16 Indigenous Councils, including Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council.

"Almost 1700 Queenslanders have gained a qualification thanks to this investment and it's delivering fantastic results, with more than 90 per cent of participants gaining employment,” Ms Fentiman said.

"Improving job prospects for Queenslanders will boost the local economy and help businesses to grow.”

LGAQ chief executive Greg Hallam said the program was focussed on two major outcomes: maximising local employment and ensuring training completion.

"This training delivered on-country and tailored to the needs of councils and participants,” he said.

"This great initiative has seen employment rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in indigenous councils increase from 58.9 per cent in 2013 to 84.5 per cent in 2017 and 95 per cent completion rates far exceeding all expectations.”

The scope of training supported all council functions and ensured workers were compliant with legislation, licenses and tickets and held the necessary skills and knowledge to perform their roles satisfactorily.

The overall results of this project far exceeded the target of 750 participants over the first three years and completion and employment rates were significantly higher than previous vocational education and training programs in these regions.

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