Queensland budget aims to create more teaching jobs
The release of the Queensland Government budget offers good news to those seeking employment in the education sector.
With the introduction of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work scheme, Treasurer Curtis Pitt has hopes for a high rate of return by focussing on skilling and training initiatives to promote job creation.
"The Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative is exactly what the Queensland economy needs – it is designed to return $8 into the economy for every $1 invested," he said.
If Pitt's predictions hold true, Queensland is expected to reach a operating surplus of $1.2 billion within the next few years. This surplus will contribute towards funding core services in the Australian Government's portfolio.
One of these services highlighted was education. While a large amount is needed to fund the changes in this sector, the surplus will offer a boost to help support this allocation. The figure expressed by the Australian Government will be put towards training budget for new teachers.
Of this money, $9 billion will be invested back into Queensland, which will create more jobs in this sector as Education Minister Kate Jones explained.
"The major investments include an additional $152 million over three years for an extra 875 teaching positions over and above normal enrolment growth," she said.
"In total, 2,500 new teaching positions will be delivered from 2016 to 2018".
Part of this money will be also be allocated to properly cater to special interest groups. Programmes for disabled kindergartners will receive a boost of $3.5 million this year, rising to $14.2 million over the next four years. Another $4 million will be dedicated to improving amenities at schools in Queensland's Indigenous communities.
The Queensland Government budget has promised a lot for teachers over the next few years and if predictions hold true, employment prospects seem particularly bright.