Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is allocating $5.6 million this year with a further $15.7 million over the following three years toward new skills development of Brisbane’s young people through apprenticeships and traineeships.
Cr Quirk said his 2015-16 Budget offers a new injection of $1.4 million specifically for youthbased training and work programs to compliment Council’s existing funding.
“This investment is about giving Brisbane’s young people the chance to get ahead and providing them with the tools to do so,” Cr Quirk said.
“I’m investing in new traineeships, scholarship positions, apprenticeships and cadetships across several disciplines.
“As part of these programs, young people will be able to take up these training opportunities in town planning, business administration, horticulture, information technology and civil construction.
“Developing our city’s economy has always been a key focus and this means doing more than just attracting large investment, it means developing the skills of our next generation of residents,” Cr Quirk said.
In recent years Council has offered 500 traineeships in 26 different qualifications with an 85 per cent completion rate, which is significantly higher than the national completion rate of 59 per cent.
Cr Quirk said youth engagement was also a priority in his 2015-16 Budget with a $1.37 million commitment to a range of initiatives such as Visible Ink, Mt Gravatt PCYC, Youth Week and the
Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council.
“Not only do I want to give Brisbane youth learning and employment opportunities, equally I want to engage with our young people and involve them in discussions about important issues affecting our city,” he said.
“This year’s Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council includes 63 young people from every corner of the city – to provide views on emerging issues affecting young people, and discuss Council policies, local laws, services and programs.
“These youth engagement opportunities complement our other established skilling programs, which will be supported in the 2015-16 Budget with a $1.6 million investment supporting startups, SME’s and continuing the successful CoderDojo and Budding Entrepreneurs programs.
“Since the start of CoderDojo Brisbane in 2013, more than 800 young people have participated in the free program which is held at four sites including Sunnybank Hills, Carindale, Kenmore, and Chermside,” Cr Quirk said.