GEA trainee-ship program one of the most sought after initiatives in central Queensland

WITH more than 450 applications and only 36 positions available, the Gladstone Engineering Alliance’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) traineeship program is not just one of the most sought after initiatives in central Queensland, but is also one of the most effective in Queensland with their employment success rate at approximately 88%.

“The GEA has worked extremely hard to make the Skilling Queenslanders for Work traineeship program successful,” GEA chief executive officer Julie Gelder said.

“36 trainees started the SQW traineeship program this week which is the fifth program GEA has facilitated and overall we have approximately an 88% success rate where trainees have moved into employment. 

“What this means is the GEA have not only placed more than 150 trainees into work over the past 3 years, but have also significantly assisted local businesses with finding employees.”

The GEA traineeships are part of the Queensland Governments, Skilling Queenslanders for Work project, which focuses on assisting people who are unemployed to connect into employment and offer them a chance to reskill for a new occupation.

“Through programs like the SQW program and the continuous professional development that’s offered, GEA are always working towards our vision of building a highly skilled and capable workforce in central Queensland,” Ms Gelder said.

The Skilling Queenslanders for Work project is proudly funded and supported by the Queensland Government.  Funding of $10,000 to $20,000 is available under the Queensland Government’s Back to Work initiative with payments made directly to the employer of an eligible employee. 

Gladstone Engineering Alliance is a peak industry body and exists to strengthen Gladstone business and industry and enable continued sustainable economic growth in central Queensland.  GEA is a not-for-profit, independent, business-driven organisation linking companies with opportunities to achieve sustainable growth and diversity for the region.

For more information about the GEA traineeships and the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative contact the GEA on 07 4972 9060.

Picture: GEA Skilling Queenslanders for Work 2019 trainees.

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