Dr Anthony Lynham


Training opportunities expanded

First Start program – training opportunities expanded

19 October 2017 –

The Palaszczuk Government has expanded its successful First Start program and is now calling on eligible not-for-profit community organisations to apply for $20,000 subsidies for trainees.

$2.5 million will be available through the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative to employ 125 trainees through the program.

First Start helps jobseekers by providing 12 months of paid employment, and a chance to develop their workplace experience while earning a nationally recognised qualification.

First Start has already been hugely successful in councils across the state, with 900 places funded since 2015.

These traineeships are a fantastic opportunity for organisations to develop workers with the skills they need in their team to deliver better services and support in their communities.

Participants can work and study in a range of fields including business administration, community services, early childhood education and care, hospitality, retail, horticulture and many others.

Not-for-profit community organisations interested in applying for funding should check the First Start guidelines for funding and contact sqwapps@det.qld.gov.au to request an application form.

For further information visit www.training.qld.gov.au/sqw or call 1300 369 935.