GEA wins funding to employ 30 local trainees

The Queensland Government today announced that Gladstone Engineering Alliance (GEA) will received $552,000 to employ 30 trainees for their Work Skills Traineeship Program in the first half of 2018.


GEA will receive funding for the program under the Queensland Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.


Under the program GEA will employ 30 trainees for a period of 18 weeks to complete either a Certificate I in Business or a Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management. During this time they will also complete work placements with a host of local community organisations.


GEA CEO Carli Homann said she is excited about the 2018 Skilling Queenslanders for Work program as it aims to assist unemployed locals to connect back into the workforce.


“To be eligible for this program participants need to be unemployed. Through the program they will have the opportunity to gain a qualification and practical experience in the workplace and they will also learn important skills including job searching and interview techniques,” Mrs Homann said.


“From speaking with our members, GEA identified that unemployment is an important issue impacting Gladstone’s business community. This program will be a win-win for Gladstone because it will give unemployed people in our community the skills they need to secure work, it will assist local businesses, including GEA’s members, to find skilled workers and it will provide local community organisations with an extra set of hands during the traineeships.”


GEA successfully ran the same program in 2016 and 17 and achieved exceptional outcomes for the trainees involved; however, it was Gladstone businesses who reaped the benefits of the GEA traineeship program in 2017 with over 80% of trainees gaining employment.


“The benefits of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work project is it not only helped people secure employment in 2017 but also assisted future employers, including GEA’s members, to identify trainees as future employees,” Ms Homann said.


“GEA are always working towards our vision of building a highly skilled and capable workforce and from speaking with our members, GEA identified that unemployment and the availability of skilled workers was an important issue impacting Gladstone’s business community.”


The program will commence late February, early March 2018. Positions in the program will be advertised on the Gladstone Regional Jobs Facebook page and People interested in applying for the traineeships will be directed to apply via the SEEK website. We will also announce on the GEA website when the positions are advertised.


The Skilling Queenslanders for Work project is proudly funded and supported by the Queensland Government.


Picture: Some of the GEA 2017/18 trainees who graduated from the program today.

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