25 Mar CIO Trainees Graduate
A group of young leaders are broadening their career horizons in Gladstone with a unique skills program.
The four graduates are celebrating today after completing Gladstone Ports Corporation’s (GPC) intense 18- month Cross-Industry Operations program (CIO), which has equipped them with invaluable skills in major operational areas including marine piloting.
The traineeship aims to support the region’s future Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander leaders in their journey from education and training to employment.
Tamera Fewquandie, Jymeekah Blackman, Shaquille Stow and Kyeema Beezley are the third group to successfully graduate from the training since it’s inception in 2016.
GPC Indigenous Affairs Advisor Lee-ann Dudley has watched the trainees grow over the past year-and-a-half as they rotated through the five different areas of work.
She said the traineeship was all about empowering our next generation of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander leaders.
“The program is one-of-a-kind to equip trainees with a hands-on experience across GPC’s broad range of operations,” Ms Dudley said.
“Students are exposed to skills in administration, building services, marine operations, horticulture and warehouse supply,” she said.
The graduation ceremony coincided with the unveiling of a large mural at East Shores 1B for National Close the Gap Day.
Gooreng Gooreng artist Howard Butler and Byellee artist Patrica Coleman have transformed the lower level of the existing East Shores office building by installing twelve colourful hand-crafted panels, expected to wow park visitors.
The artwork features some of the region’s favourite local animals including dolphins and turtles.