CQ employers urged to use incentive to hire locals

CQ employers urged to use incentive to hire locals

Acting Premier Curtis Pitt and Employment Minister Grace Grace say business owners in Central Queensland should include hiring new staff as one of their New Year’s resolutions.

Speaking during a visit to metallurgical and mining technology firm A&B Mylec Pty Ltd — a Rockhampton company that had taken advantage of the State Government incentives — Mr Pitt said in 2017 the Palaszczuk Government would not waver from its focus on creating jobs.

“I know that our government is taking no pause, no breather, no rest, and no detour from our firm and fixed focus on generating jobs. That is what we promised. That is what we are delivering,” he said.

Mr Pitt said the time was right for regional businesses to access the $20,000 Back to Work Youth Boost.

“The new $20,000 grant is available only until the end of February 2017 for employers taking on previously unemployed 15-24 year olds, so employers should act now,” he said.

Ms Grace said more than 460 employers across the state had engaged almost 900 employees since the Back to Work initiative started and a further 400 applications were being processed.

“These figures include 125 new employees taken on by 78 employers in Central Queensland,” she said.

“If you’re an employer who is thinking of hiring, get in touch with our local Back to Work team and put yourself in line for a support payment of up to $20,000.

“Our resolve is clear – we want to drive down regional unemployment and youth unemployment which is why this boost for regional businesses was created.”

Mr Pitt said the $20,000 Back to Work Youth Boost was just one employment initiative of the Palaszczuk Government.

He said at last week’s update on the 2016-17 State Budget — the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Review — he had outlined two more initiatives:

  • a $200 million Works for Queensland program supporting local councils undertaking job-creating, maintenance or minor infrastructure projects.
  • a $200 million Jobs and Regional Growth Package incorporating an additional $160 million in new funding on top of the existing $40 million Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Program for:
  • a $170 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund assisting private sector projects and economic development and employment opportunities in regions with high levels of unemployment,
  • $20 million over two years for the new Made in Queensland program to support Queensland’s manufacturing sector through grants supplementing industry contributions,
  • Local Jobs First — $500,000 to establish roundtables with private sector stakeholders to identify barriers to employing local jobseekers, and
  • $300,000 to establish a statewide Youth Tourism Leaders’ Network as a forum for young people working in tourism to encourage others to choose the sector as a career path.

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