Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Inga Williams

Rudd promises program will fund training places

PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd has promised to invest an extra $30 million in training for early childhood educators, nurses, allied health professionals and disability support carers.

The two-year funding pledge, which is already included in the budget, came two days after Mr Rudd announced Labor would invest $35 million in training young disadvantaged people.

Labor's Skilling for Better Services program would fund training places at social services and early childhood education employers, Mr Rudd said.

Training places would be delivered through the National Workforce Development Fund, which funds training through a co-contribution approach with business.

Community Services and Health, the Industry Skills Council for this sector, would help businesses identify their workforce skills needs and select a Registered Training Organisation to deliver the training.

"The reason why this is so important is that there are so many jobs being created in the services sector," Mr Rudd said while campaigning in Townsville.

Mr Rudd said small businesses with less than 100 employees would receive the highest level of government support.

The union representing the service sector workers welcomed the announcement.

United Voice president Michael Crosby said the $30 million would train and improve the skills of an additional 5800 early childhood educators and community service workers.

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