SKILLING GLADSTONE LOCALS TO BECOME WORKFORCE READY

SKILLING GLADSTONE LOCALS TO BECOME WORKFORCE READY

Unemployment numbers in the Gladstone Region are set to improve following the announcement of further funding for local groups to deliver the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program. Gidarjil Development, Gladstone Engineering Alliance and Energy Skills Queensland were announced last week as the recipients of the latest round of funding to help Gladstone job seekers train for new opportunities.  

The latest round of program funding sees the Queensland Government partnering with training providers in Gladstone to prepare up to 61 job seekers for work in business, construction, rail infrastructure and conservation and land management. The funding has been welcomed the organisations who have already successfully trained several groups of job seekers under the program.   

Gladstone Engineering Alliance (GEA) will be funded $705,500 for 31 trainees to complete business, construction or conservation and land management qualifications. Of the 31 available placements, 10 jobseekers will gain the skills needed to complete Certificate 1 in Construction, 12 will work toward Certificate 1 in Conservation and Land Management and 14 trainees will work toward completing Certificate 1 in Business. The GEA program runs over 18 weeks and will provide job seekers with on the job training, education and professional development.  

Energy Skills Queensland will train 15 job seekers, and Gidarjil Development has been granted $231,000 for ten trainees at their organisation. Codey Stow, a Skilling Queenslanders for Work graduate, completed a Certificate 1 in Conservation and Land Management late last year and had been successfully employed by Gidarjil Development Pty Ltd as a Land and Sea Ranger for the past three months. His employment at the end of his traineeship is a testament to his dedication to completing the training. Codey said he was excited by the opportunities that his new skills have provided him with and he looks forward to establishing a career in conservation and land management.