Gladstone businesses reap the rewards of GEA traineeship program
GLADSTONE’S not-for-profit organisations are reaping the benefits of Gladstone Engineering Alliance’s (GEA) traineeship program with 17 local host businesses currently receiving assistance to help them build, promote and sustain the important work they do within the community.
From the Port Curtis Historical Society to the Gladstone RSPCA, the Boyne Tannum Hook-up, Roseberry Queensland, the PCYC and the Gladstone RSL to name just a few, GEA’s traineeship program not only helps trainees obtain skills and ultimately employment, but also has the possibility to benefit more than 30 employers.
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.
“In 2017 the GEA employed 74 trainees who worked with their community partners in business, construction and conservation as part of three 18-week Skilling Queenslanders for Work program,” GEA Project Coordinator Megan Corrie said.
“The benefits of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work project is it not only helps people secure employment but also assists future employers, including GEA’s members, to identify trainees as future employees.
“At a time when employment is scarce in the Gladstone region, the GEA traineeship program helps assist trainees to obtain work but also has the potential to benefited employers with competent and trained employees.”
Current GEA trainee Celene Robinson is currently undertaking a business traineeship with the GEA and believes the opportunity she has been given is invaluable.
“To be able to have the chance to get experience within business administration has been, and continues to be, invaluable because it provides the chance to get qualifications and have real experience within the work place,” Ms Robinson said.
“Before the traineeship I didn’t have much business administration experience but now on a daily basis I’m getting that experience which I believe will give me a much stronger fighting chance to gain future employment.”
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 Youth Boost initiative with payments made directly to the employer of an eligible employee.
For more information about GEA traineeships and the Youth Boost initiative contact GEA Project Coordinator Megan Corrie on 07 49729060.
Picture: GEA trainee Celene Robinson (front) under the watchful eye of GEA Project Coordinator Megan Corrie.