The Queensland Government has poured $500,000 into training 100 unemployed people for the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout and the digital TV switchover.
Industry group, Energy Skills Queensland, is working with the Government on the project.
The group is comprised of jobseekers in South-East Queensland. This is all part of the Queensland Telecommunications New Entrant Program, which runs for 12 moths with a number of nine-week courses to provide training and accreditation to the 100 trainees.
Funding comes from various State Government sources including $160,000 from the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative. But the Department of Education and Training is contributing the most, pledging $30,000 to support a project coordinator and for preparing ten intakes for the workplace.
The Department is also redirecting $324,750 from the Federal Government’s Productivity Places Program to fund the training.
“… Each intake will start an eight-week accredited training course to earn a Certificate II in Telecommunications Cabling or Electrotechnology,” Queensland Minister for Employment, Stirling Hinchliffe, said in a statement.
The funding will greatly benefit unemployed people that need to be skilled to aid them in securing a job.
“It will go a long way towards meeting the needs of unemployed people who want to find work, employers looking for staff with the right skills and communities who want a smooth roll-out of important telecommunications infrastructure,” Hinchliffe said in the statement.
Community service organisation, Mission Australia, has been approached to help out with recruitment.
The program will recruit in Ipswich, Logan, Brisbane North, Brisbane South, Redland Bay, Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.
“The accredited training will focus on developing practical skills the industry needs and will include work experience so participants get a good feel for the job,” Energy Skills QLD industry engagement manager, Rohan Anderson, said in a statement.
“Most participants will work towards the telecommunications cabling qualification while two intakes will take on the electro-technology course.”