Gidarjil Development continues to work hard on securing future work opportunities for indigenous Australians.
The program is funded by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training as part of the Skilling Queenslanders Work traineeship program. It has been successfully delivered in the Gladstone region by Gidarjil. Other partners in the program delivery include CQ University, NEATO Employment Services and Busy at Work.
Of the ten starting trainees nine graduated last week, and three graduates have obtained employment. The traineeship has taken six months to complete.
Over this time, graduates have worked on projects with Gladstone Regional Council and Capricornia Catchments. Projects include the Gladstone Trail at Tondoon Botanic Gardens, Canoe Point, Wild Cattle Creek, & Tannum Nursery. Gladstone Regional Council Conservation Officer, Emily Weatherall said, “Without the work from the trainees we wouldn’t have achieved such huge on ground outcomes.”
In addition to the Certificate 1 in Conservation, graduates also obtained other valuable certificates including First Aid and Fire Level 1.
Kerry Blackman Managing Director of Gidarjil Development Corporation Ltd, said the graduates deserve a pat on the back for completing the program. “You started something and finished it,” Mr Blackman praised the benefits of the program for the indigenous community. “It is a successful program to give people an opportunity in life and to grab that opportunity with both hands. It is to break down those cycles they go through like long term unemployment, lack of motivation and lack of skills. It is a great program and Gidarjil has used it to train over 600 graduates. We try to encourage those on the program to start something and finish it to their credit. It opens up opportunities for our people.”
Gidarjil hopes to continue to offer this program into the future with the support of key stakeholders.