Online job portal supports Queensland ECEC professionals out of work from COVID-19

Online job portal supports Queensland ECEC professionals out of work from COVID-19

by Freya Lucas

April 17, 2020

Opportunities are available for those who have experienced job loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Queensland Government announced yesterday as they unveiled a new online portal.  


QLD Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad launched the Jobs Finder Queensland web portal which forms part of a broader $4 billion package of measures to support Queenslanders’ health, Queensland jobs and Queensland businesses during the pandemic.


The portal, she said, is “an important first step in restoring opportunity to Queenslanders out of work” and will allow Queenslanders who are looking for work to provide information on their skills, location and work experience, which can then be matched to available roles. 


As with similar systems in other states, the Job Finder Queensland portal will have a key focus on matching those out of work with new jobs which are being created in areas of critical service delivery, such as health care, agriculture, food production, transport, cleaning and mining.


Free online training courses will supplement the range of opportunities. QLD Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman outlined access to nine short online training courses in a range of skill sets in areas such as food service, health and aged care, transport as well as mental health support.


Additional courses will cover digital literacy, cyber security and business which will be valuable for Queenslanders looking to upskill and increase their capabilities so they are better prepared to take up job opportunities when the economy recovers, Ms Fentiman said. 


The Portal is available to any worker who has been stood down, made redundant or has lost their job, and the QLD Government will be working with the recruitment and staffing industry body to share information on job seekers to match them to potential opportunities.


Those wishing to take advantage of this opportunity can register their details, skills and location via the Jobs Finder Queensland portal and access free online training here