Up to 63 youth are ready to Get Set For Work in Far North Queensland under a Queensland Government employment initiative through Vocational Partnerships Group Inc. (VPG)

The program follows the injection of $8.75 million in statewide funding to support young people entering the workforce and arm them with all the necessary tools and skills to be prepared for a successful future.

VPG will assist young people from Cairns, Tablelands & Mareeba to gain the confidence and skills needed to improve their employment prospects from 2019- 2021.  VPG have won a 3 year tender for Get Set for Work, largely due to their long term success in delivering this initiative.

“Young people aged 15 – 19 years of age will be encouraged to take on further training or complete their education with our support.  We know that making a good start in the workforce is an important step in a young person’s life and we need to support them in whatever we can.

“They will be offered nationally recognised training, combined with integrated learning support and core skill development so they can successfully transition to employment,” said Vocational Partnerships Group CEO Maryanne Tranter.

VPG is encouraging any young people in the community who fit the following criteria to get in contact with them so they can show them the opportunities available to them:

  • Aged 15 – 19 years old
  • Not currently attending education
  • Ineligible for Australian Government employment services or assistance

“Any young people that fall into these categories are strongly encouraged to make contact with us.  Priority will be given to young people who are no longer enrolled and have already left school to give them a positive pathway to their future,” said Ms Tranter.

The Get Set For Work program recognises that all young people have strengths and skills to contribute to the community.  VPG focuses on building the capabilities of young people while working with local employers to meet their workforce needs. The program also ensures that the participants enter the workforce not only skilled, but confident and prepared for life after school.

“Participants in the Get Set For Work program can develop their foundation skills, learn about different career pathways and take on accredited training or work experience, which can help them avoid issues associated with youth unemployment in the future, such as social isolation or financial insecurity,” said Ms Tranter.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work funds skills development, training and job opportunities for unemployed, disengaged or disadvantaged Queenslanders through a suite of targeted skills and training programs.

For more information visit www.training.qld.gov.au/getsetforwork or call VPG Cairns office on (07) 4032 1677.

For further information or media interviews please contact:

Danae Jones – VPG Public Relations Manager – mob: 0487 901 054
email: danae@danaejones.com.au


Maryanne Tranter – VPG Chief Executive Officer
email: maryanne@vpginc.com.au