Program boosts skills and motivation for job seekers

Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey with Reclink staff and recent graduates of the
Queensland Government Skilling Queenslanders for Work/ Work Skills Traineeship project.

“If it is to be, it's up to me”.

Those were the encouraging words from Reclink Australia's state manager Steve Hutchinson who today congratulated 26 people at a graduation ceremony at Community Lifestyle Support.

The graduates were walking away with a new set of skills after 22 weeks of training as part of the Queensland Government Skilling Queenslanders for Work/Work Skills Traineeship project.

Mr Hutchinson said the group had been involved in a range of activities to gain a traineeship in either construction or conservation of land management.

“We have been working on the Community Lifestyle Support site which has undergone significant transformation as part of this program” he said.

“The grounds are looking quite spectacular with a new nursery and new facilities for people with a disability to come and access.”

Skills, confidence and more

Mr Hutchinson said the program aimed to support those who were struggling to get into the workforce by providing an opportunity to gain skills and confidence.

He said the program was not only a benefit for its participants but also for prospective employers.

“Those who finish their traineeship are then eligible for a $10,000 wage subsidy for a potential employer to take them on board,” he said.

“In the time that this program has been running, 83 per cent of participants have been offered a job.

“Up to 12 per cent have gone on to further training.”

Graduates Ben Little and Toby Free.

Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey attended the graduation ceremony and congratulated participants on their achievements.

“This is the start of a new journey,” he said.

“I urge you all to continue believing in yourselves and to push to be the best you can be.

“Opportunity awaits you and I congratulate you all for the graduating today.”

Program participant Toby Free said he was previously in a slump but had now found the motivation to do more.

“I have learnt new things, come out of my shell and met new people,” he said.

“It has definitely been interesting and I have my motivation back.”