Supporting the Fitness, Sport and Recreation Industry in Queensland

Skilling Queenslanders for Work

Skilling Queenslanders for Work is a Queensland Government initiative that provides a suite of targeted skills and training programs supporting Queenslanders to gain the skills, qualifications and experience to enter and stay in the workforce.

The Work Skills Traineeships program provides paid employment opportunities to disadvantaged Queenslanders while at the same time delivering projects which leave a visible and long lasting impact on social infrastructure and services in a local community. For example, projects can: create, repair and upgrade public spaces and facilities or undertake revegetation, regeneration and river or foreshore restorations.

Since 2015, Active Queenslanders Industry Alliance has implemented several Work Skills Traineeship projects located in the Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Rockhampton, Scenic Rim and Brisbane North regions. Projects usually involved groups of 15 trainees undertaking paid work and formal training through a Certificate I in Construction or Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management traineeship. Throughout the projects, trainees worked on refurbishing sport and recreation club facilities as well as Local Council facilities, parks and recreation spaces including upgrading bush walking tracks and mountain biking trails.

Work undertaken by the trainees included painting, fencing, constructing storage, seating and pergolas, upgrading bathroom or kitchen amenities, installing walking track edging, paving, weed removal and lawn maintenance. These projects are funded by the Queensland Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

Upcoming Projects

Our next Skilling Queenslanders for Work Construction traineeship project and is due to commence in late January 2023. The 18 week project will involve upgrades and maintenance work at the Clem Jones Centre in Carina. If you are interested in applying for a position on this project, please register your details below.

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Please note, eligibility conditions apply.  Participants must be:

  • Queensland residents
  • aged 16 years or older and not enrolled at school
  • an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident (includes humanitarian entrant), temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on a pathway to permanent residency, or a New Zealand citizen.

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Past Projects

Queensland Moto Park

AQIA is currently delivering a construction project at the Queensland Moto Park located in Coulson (near Boonah).  Seven trainees have been working hard upgrading the facilities at the Moto Park including the following tasks: painting, building fencing around the café, installing new walls and roof to the mechanic’s workshop, concreting posts and minor carpentry including installing the café’s cold room and putting in palings under the Moto Park’s house to keep out the kangaroos.  The trainees have also received training in First Aid, Working Safely at Heights and Fork Lift operation.  Two trainees have already found full-time employment – one of them commencing a carpentry apprenticeship which is a fantastic outcome!

Installed fencing around the cafe

Brisbane Strikers Football Club

The Brisbane Strikers Football Club project located in Bowen Hills commenced in October 2020.  This project runs for 18 weeks and involves much needed maintenance to the interior and exterior of the club.  Fifteen trainees have been involved in various tasks including cleaning, painting and carpentry works around the club.  The trainees have received support in being kitted out with full Personal Protection Equipment, funded Go Cards to help them get to work and weekly training in the Certificate I in Construction qualification.  Later in the project, the trainees will receive assistance in job search and interview techniques to help them secure longer term employment before the project finishes in 2021.

Assistance and Support for Organisations and Clubs

We aim to make it easier to run local fitness, sport and recreation organisations and clubs. Active Queenslanders Industry Alliance provides free one-on-one advice on how to apply for and win grants, free access to club management templates and tools, fact sheets, videos, legal information, advice on staffing and volunteer matters and subsidised Strategic and Business Planning audits and workshops.

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