Five enthusiastic trainees from Gladstone Ports Corporations (GPC) Cross Industry Operations (CIO) Traineeship program have become the second graduating group since the program’s inception in 2016. The 18-month program allows trainees to work in various departments throughout the business, gaining valuable skills in Administration, Warehouse Operations, Building Services, Parks and Recreation and Marine Operations.

People, Community and Sustainability General Manager Rowen Winsor said the program is designed 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 and long-term career pathways.

“Our traineeship is unique, it exposes the trainees to a vast range of roles and skills across GPC, while giving them an opportunity to tap into the knowledge of our employees with more than 40 years’ experience,” Ms Winsor said.

GPC Indigenous Affairs Advisor Lee-ann Dudley said the traineeship is about empowering not only our emerging Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander leaders but also their families and community.

“The traineeship encourages our trainees to develop and grow their skills to not only make a positive change in their life, but also their families and in the community they live in,” Ms Dudley said.

CIO Trainee Rikarra Benjamin said that the traineeship provided her with invaluable skills and learnings that she will carry with her throughout her career. “I’ve learned so much about myself, from what I do and do not like, how to work with people of all age ranges and mostly who I am and aspire to as an Indigenous woman,” Ms Benjamin said. “GPC ensured my cultural roots were never forgotten and that I stood proud on the land that I walk and work on. I am very grateful and thankful for the opportunities and experiences provided by GPC, as well as to the management and work colleagues that I have had the pleasure of working with.”

Ms Benjamin said she has been successful in securing a position with CQ Diesel Fitting as the Operations and Timesheet Clerk, which she is really looking forward to starting.

GPC would like to wish Rikarra, Danika, Ryley, Marni and Dahna all the successes as they move onto their next career opportunity and congratulates them on completing the program.

Applications for the third CIO traineeship closed in July, with the successful trainees starting with GPC in the coming weeks.