Queensland’s government is offering thousands in funding to any company that trains tradespeople.

Queensland firms are being offered up to $6000 for every apprentice they take on board in a bid to boost the state’s skilled workforce.

Under the government’s $36 million scheme, employers will be entitled to cash for every person they sign up to learn a new trade between now until June next year.

Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek is hopeful an extra 6000 apprenticeships will be created, bringing the government a step closer to reaching its goal of creating 10,000 extra training roles by 2018.

“The only way to get the bonus is to pledge to employ additional apprentices, so I encourage businesses to sign up to the pledge today,” Mr Langbroek said in a statement.

He launched the initiative in Brisbane’s south on Tuesday.

Brisbane hairdressing icon Stefan Ackerie, who employs 200 apprentices, has already said his firm Stefan Hair Fashions will take on another 30 under the scheme.