Queensland supports recruitment, retention through Growing Workforce Participation Fund

It comes as the state's unemployment rate falls to four percent

Queensland supports recruitment, retention through Growing Workforce Participation Fund

The Queensland government is inviting industry and community groups to apply for its Growing Workforce Participation Fund, which aims to connect employers and jobseekers.

"Through the Growing Workforce Participation Fund, the Queensland Government is supporting them to act now to benefit employers in their industry as well as a range of jobseekers across the state," said Training and Skills Development Minister Di Farmer in a statement.

"The $1.5-million Growing Workforce Participation Fund was launched in March this year and is part of our Back to Work initiative."

The initiative provides participating organisations from $20,000 to $200,000 grants to they can trial new programmes that can help the initiative meet its goal, according to the government.

"The fund aims to support industries and community bodies to address labour and skills shortages they are facing, by improving the ways they engage with disadvantaged people who are looking for work," said Farmer.

"This may be through job-matching services, pre-employment pathways, or other innovative resources and programmes," the minister added.

Aside from recruitment, the fund also aims to help industries retain the workers that they currently have in their workforce.

"Attracting new workers and keeping them, means they pick up more skills and experience in the workplace, which will raise their productivity and open new opportunities that can lead to rewarding, long-term careers," explained Farmer.

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"Supporting industries to develop new ways to recruit and retain workers, including reaching out to young people, the long-term unemployed, Aboriginal people, Torres Strait Islander people, and people with disability, is an exciting prospect because each industry knows where the opportunities and needs are across the state."

According to the minister, the fund will focus on assisting employers and jobseekers across regional Queensland, in the Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, Scenic Rim and Somerset local government areas in the South East corner.

It comes as Queensland's unemployment rate falls to four per cent in March 2022, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force report.

Farmer said this makes "attracting and retaining workers even more important for industries gearing up" as the economy moves forward.

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