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De-Skilling as jobs program axed

De-Skilling as jobs program axed

Mon July 16, 2012 7:49pm

EMPLOYMENT Minister John-Paul Langbroek has confirmed the axing of a jobs placement program that employed 144 people.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work helped people from disadvantaged backgrounds into full-time work through funds provided to community groups such as Boystown and the RSPCA.

Mr Langbroek said the Government could not afford the $19 million program which duplicated Commonwealth initiatives.

"Employment services are the responsibility of the Federal Government," Mr Langbroek said.

"Queensland was the only state in the country that contributed to separate employment programs on top of those already in place by the Federal Government."

He said staff would be offered voluntary redundancies, placement in existing vacancies or be put on a deployment register.

"Skilling Queenslanders for Work programs are not frontline positions and we are committed to keeping our election promise that no frontline positions will be affected," he said.

"Hardworking Queensland taxpayers simply cannot afford to continue funding duplicated training and preparation programs."

But Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said there was no other service or program like Skilling Queenslanders.

"This benefits local communities and it benefits the person getting a full-time job," said Ms Palaszczuk.

"It is a frontline service, and this decision means frontline positions are now on the chopping block."

Premier Campbell Newman today released figures showing almost 3000 full-time positions had disappeared from the public service since the LNP took office.

"It is impossible to give a completely accurate picture of the current size of the public service due to the shambolic state of the payroll and IT systems left by the former Labor Government, but this is the closest we can get," he said.

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