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TAFE Queensland and PeopleIN sign MOU to address skills shortage

Thousands of Queenslanders and international TAFE students and graduates are set to benefit from a new partnership.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on Friday 3 February 2023, PeopleIN and TAFE Queensland have joined forces to promote labour mobility in Australia to defensive in-demand sectors, as well as deliver placement services to TAFE Queensland’s 125,000 graduates, and upskilling opportunities to PeopleIN’s 55,000 strong on-hire workforce.

With skills shortages in Australia almost doubling in the past year, the partnership will bridge the gap between education and jobs. It will provide a clear path to skilled employment in critical sectors in which PeopleIN operates including healthcare, community services, childcare and the renewables sector.

PeopleIN CEO Ross Thompson said the relationship positioned the two organisations to collaboratively address labour shortages in Queensland.

"We’re thrilled to partner with TAFE Queensland to provide labour mobility, employment pathways for their graduating students and to connect our extensive workforce to training and development opportunities," Mr Thompson said.

"This agreement aligns with our commitment to upskill Australia’s workforce and create opportunities for individuals to succeed across metropolitan and regional Queensland, and beyond.”

“Nursing, community services and construction are among the sectors with the greatest skills shortages and we’re leaders in placing workers in these, and other critical industries. Working with one of Australia’s largest VET providers and specialists in training in these areas means we’re perfectly placed to deliver skilled and experienced candidates where they’re needed most.”

“The MoU allows us to deliver on our complete talent solutions offering in which upskilling our workforce and retaining talent are core priorities. It’s an opportunity to give back to our contracted workforce and invest in their careers through formal training.”

TAFE Queensland CEO Mary Campbell said TAFE Queensland is excited by the opportunity to work with PeopleIN to address skill shortages across the state.

“We have 125,000 graduates each year that include students from the Pacific region and many countries globally who choose to invest in their education with TAFE Queensland. This partnership provides a ready-made avenue to employment for our students and graduates in key sectors across the state. We’re also pleased to provide skills training and qualifications to PeopleIN’s established workforce,” Mrs Campbell said.

“Our remit is to deliver quality education and training that enables the careers of our students and development of industry and the best way we can achieve this is to secure employment pathways for our graduates in those sectors.”

Pictured in banner image: TAFE Queensland Chief Executive Officer Mary Campbell and PeopleIN Chief Executive Officer Ross Thompson.