In a proactive move aimed at addressing critical skills shortages in the Gladstone Region, the local community has come together to identify and prioritise training needs for practitioners in the human services sector.
The initiative, born out of the Gladstone Region Wellbeing Action Plan, emphasises the importance of collaborative capacity building to achieve continuous improvement within the service system. A key component of this plan is the identification of priority training and professional development required for local practitioners, with the ultimate goal of enhancing the quality and timeliness of support for clients.
Several events, including the Combined Interagency Meeting on March 1st 2023 and the GAPDL Communities for Children Professional Networking on the Green event on March 21st 2023, played a pivotal role in gathering insights and endorsing the Gladstone Region Together (GRT) to spearhead a funding proposal.
Recognising the challenges of fair access to training, Rio Tinto has stepped up to partner with the local human service sector in this three-year initiative. Their $200,000 contribution will directly fund training costs, covering everything from trainer fees to travel and accommodation expenses.
The collective community project is expected to yield far-reaching benefits, including sector-wide participation in priority training at an affordable co-contribution price, upskilling of service sector staff, improved retention, readiness for role succession, shared practices and resources among referring services, continuity of support for clients, and enhanced service system integration.
As the project unfolds, GRT, funded by the Stronger Places, Stronger People initiative, will play a crucial role in facilitating ongoing sector feedback, coordinating training logistics, evaluating individual training outcomes, covering venue costs, and assessing the overall success impact of the initiative.
A Sector Training – Mapping and Planning Workshop is also scheduled to engage stakeholders in shaping the future of workforce development. This collective effort represents a unique opportunity to foster workforce and sector development, ultimately leading to improved early support and opportunities for Gladstone children and families.