June 15, 2012

Students from Kingaroy will be among 51 people who will graduate with health qualifications in Toowoomba on Monday following their successful completion of a six-month training program through RHealth.

RHealth received funding to train 100 people in health-related Certificate-level courses through the Productivity Places Program, a joint initiative between the Federal and State governments to help people complete a full qualification in identified skills shortage areas.

The Productivity Places Program is administered through the State Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

The course was open to people who had experienced difficulty finding work, and included long-term unemployed or underemployed people, those requiring a higher skill level to obtain employment, young people, parents and carers, older jobseekers, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in regional, rural and remote areas.

Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington said health is an industry which experiences skill shortages.

“The Training for a Future in Health Project helps address the major skills shortages being experienced in the health and community services sector,” she said.

“I congratulate RHealth for managing the course and bringing these people through to graduation.

“I also congratulate the graduates and wish them well as they move into health-related positions in the region.”

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