The local stars who upgraded the grounds of Aspley Special School and rejuvenated the Sandgate Bowls Club are ready for new jobs after graduating from their Skilling Queenslanders for Work projects.
Member for Sandgate Stirling Hinchliffe presented certificates to each of the team members at the graduation, held at Brighton Roosters Junior Rugby League Club.
“Seeing local people who are rightly proud of their new skills and the positive impact their work has made in our community is wonderful. Each of these participants will make a great new team member for any local businesses that are looking,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“In fact, businesses may be eligible for a Work Start incentive payment, which is another part of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative, if they hire one of these participants as an apprentice or trainee.”
Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said community organisation SANDBAG organised the Building Our Community and Greening North Brisbane projects to build up the 27 jobseekers’ skills, experience and self-confidence, to help them compete in the employment market.
“Both groups were employed onto Work Skills Traineeships, with one team studying the Certificate I in Construction and the other a Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management,” Minister Fentiman said.
“I invited some of these participants to Parliament House in September as the initiative passed its target to assist 32,000 Queenslanders ten months earlier than scheduled. So it is great to hear they have now completed their project and I hope they secure new work soon.”
Skilling Queenslanders for Work committed $1.15 million to the two projects, which will assist 60 people in total.
SANDBAG Skills and Employment Coordinator Wendy Noble said the Building Our Community team were based at Sandgate Bowls Club, where they extended the patio, upgraded the outdoor spaces and garden shed, painted and completed other maintenance works.
“We also had great support from local businesses who took some participants out for work placements on other sites. Tradettes supported the women in the group, plus Ants Pants Painting Services Lifestyle Homes & Renovations and Electric Avenue in Sandgate also offered opportunities,” Ms Noble said.
“The Greening North Brisbane crew worked on a number of sites around Sandgate including building raised garden beds, creating a wheelchair accessible path and putting in new turf at Aspley
Special School. They’ve also had great support from local businesses to get some industry contacts and wider experience on real worksites.
“So far we’ve seen Greenstock Nurseries and Penfold Projects recruit participants before they even graduated. The skills and motivation they can take from this experience is great and we will keep working with them to help them secure new opportunities.”
Skilling Queenslanders for Work funds skills development, training and job opportunities for unemployed, disengaged or disadvantaged Queenslanders through a suite of targeted skills and training programs. Seventy-three per cent of participants found work, took on further training or returned to school around 12 months after exiting a Skilling Queenslanders for Work project.
For further information visit www.training.qld.gov.au/sqw or call 1300 369 935.