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.
Our next Skilling Queenslanders for Work Construction traineeship project and is due to commence in late March 2021. The 18 week project will involve upgrades and maintenance work at three sporting clubs in Brisbane North: Virginia United Football Club, Kedron AFL Club and North Star Football club in Zillmere. 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 15 years or older
- 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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Just wanted to drop you a quick line following the completion of the painting of our clubhouse and various other maintenance works at the club, to say how pleased we are with the quality of the work and the professional manner in which Garry Jefferson supervised the project.
The trainees were all well-behaved and seemed motivated to learn whatever they could from Garry with regards to the tasks that he set them to complete. I will have no hesitation in recommending your organisation to other sporting clubs looking for assistance with improvements and maintenance of their facilities. Thanks again
Neil, Tewantin Tennis Club
Just wanted to say a big thank you for contacting us and sending workers our way. Been a great opportunity for our club to get some overdue jobs done. Please think of us for next year if possible and will work on some more projects. Thanks
Dave, Noosa Tennis Club
A big thank you to Skills Alliance for the work carried out at Ballinger Park Tennis Club. The clubhouse looks sharp and modern in its new colours and the seats with paving under will be a great asset for spectators. Chris and Gary were great. Thanks again
John, President, Ballinger Park Tennis Club
First of all I want to extend our thanks to your wonderful team of workers led by the amazing Garry. They did a super job constructing a much-needed paddock fence at the Sunshine Coast Centre property as well as erecting some portable horse yards at short notice and making a big herd of wooden ponies for our Special School children to paint for entry into an art competition at our Mane Event fundraiser on July 30th.
John, President, Ballinger Park Tennis Club
I just wanted to say a massive thank you to Queensland Fitness, Sport & Recreation Skills Alliance and to Garry and his team of painters for the wonderful job they have done painting our clubhouse, office, bar, canteen and interior toilet.It all looks fantastic and clean and fresh and after years of undesirable colours, we have a constant colour throughout and a great sky blue feature wall in our clubhouse. This is a project that has continually been pushed back on our wish list as we were not in a financial position to carry this out being a volunteer-run organisation. Your initiative has allowed us to undertake the project at the cost of the paint and supplies and for this we are very grateful….we are thrilled with the job carried out by your team. Garry was very professional in his dealings with our club and we are delighted with the end results. We would love to be considered for any future projects you may have in the pipeline.
Jean, Maroochy Swans Football Club
I just wanted to thank Skills Alliance for initiating a great project. Tewantin Noosa Pony Club had the trainees come and paint our buildings inside and out and they did a fantastic job. It was a task that I doubt we would have been able to get done on our own, as with all other sporting clubs, our volunteers can only do so much! Thanks again and all the best
Kate, Secretary, Tewantin Noosa Pony Club.
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.