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Future directions

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In 2008-09 the department began developing strategies towards achieving the Tomorrow's Queensland 2020 target: three out of four Queenslanders aged 25-64 will hold a trade, training or tertiary qualification. We will do this by:

  • increasing the demand for Certificate III and above qualifications
  • increasing the delivery of foundational skills
  • increasing the number of students who participate in and complete their qualifications in Certificate III and above education and training
  • discussing with universities how they can contribute to the target.

To help achieve these targets we will:

  • provide a major boost to skilling through investing $124.3 million over four years from 1 January 2009 to 30 June 2012 ($27.3 million in 2009-10) to create:

    • approximately 102 000 additional training places for existing Queensland workers
    • approximately 46 000 additional training places for job seekers, including new entrants to the labour market, in priority qualifications
  • continue to implement key elements of the Queensland Skills Plan 2008 (new window) Adobe PDF document in 2009-10 including:

    • tailoring the services provided by Skilling Solutions Queensland to better meet the needs of particular industries and client groups (10.3 million)
    • supporting a range of industry engagement models that promote industry leadership of skills formation and skilling solutions ($4.8 million)
    • continuing to reform the Queensland TAFE system to meet the needs of industry, employers, workers and learners
    • achieving an additional 4893 Certificate III places for Queenslanders in the workforce
  • provide funding ($343 million in 2009-10) for priority training through the public provider network of TAFE institutes, statutory TAFE institutes and the Australian Agricultural College Corporation
  • allocate funding ($203 million in 2009-10) to develop the skills of apprentices and trainees including:

    • building on Queensland's strong school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) record, through fostering a steady uptake of SATs, and ensuring their continued quality
  • continue to support the training and education needs of Indigenous Queenslanders through:

    • $2.7 million of state funding for the third year of the four-year Training Initiatives for Indigenous Adults in Regional and Remote Communities Program, a joint dollar-for-dollar state-federal initiative
    • $1.6 million for the final year of a four-year, $5.5 million commitment to support students and their families from Cape York, Palm Island and the Torres Strait while the students study away from home at rural and urban secondary schools
    • continued alignment when providing support for Indigenous students through targeted programs in the five cluster sites
    • expansion and development of the Indigenous Transition Support Service
    • awarding the third round of Indigenous Lighthouse Grants
  • graduate the first cohort of Year 12 students from the Queensland Academy for Health Sciences.

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