POPULAR PROGRAM: About 761 Warwick young people who completed the Livestock Farmers VET course are more likely to find work in the region. Pictured here is Jordan Tabulo, a student in the Jackeroo/Jilleroo course at Warwick TAFE.
POPULAR PROGRAM: About 761 Warwick young people who completed the Livestock Farmers VET course are more likely to find work in the region. Pictured here is Jordan Tabulo, a student in the Jackeroo/Jilleroo course at Warwick TAFE. Toni Somes

School-based course leads to more jobs

OUR youth are taking the career bull by the horns and growing strong futures.

Especially those with a high school-based vocational education and training (VET) livestock farmer qualifications.

About 761 Warwick young people who completed the VET course are more likely to find work in the region.

Rounding out the top-five list for scoring gigs through the secondary school qualification were metal fitters and machinists (546), structural steel and welding tradies (483), motor mechanics (471) and crop farmers (468), a Queensland School Local Labour Market Profile reveals.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek will today announce 38 more qualifications and skills program subsidies for students to address skills shortages and boost productivity.

"On top of the qualifications that we already subsidise, areas as diverse as engineering, health, hospitality, mining, tourism, transport, utilities and agriculture are now also government subsidised," he said.

TAFE Queensland South West general manager Trevor Schwenke said the figures reflected the continuing growth of agriculture in the region.

"The agriculture sector continues to be the largest contributor to the Southern Downs economy so it makes sense that the data reflects strong employment opportunities in that space," Mr Schwenke said.

"Mining, construction and manufacturing are also key industries in the region and with growth, comes a need for highly skilled workers."

The government will fund 11 additional qualifications under the Certificate III Guarantee, with the remaining 19 qualifications and eight skill sets under the Higher Level Skills Program. The qualifications will be subsidised from today and the subsidies for skill sets will be available from January.

Top jobs

Top 10 graduates who found jobs through VET courses in the Warwick region

1. Livestock Farmers - 761

2. Metal Fitters & Machinists - 546

3. Structural Steel & Welding Trades Workers - 483

4. Motor Mechanics - 471

5. Crop Farmers - 468

6. Mixed Crop & Livestock Farmers - 428

7. General Clerks - 403

8. Electricians - 373

9. Truck Drivers - 372

10. Sales Assistants (General) - 364

Source: 2011 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census



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