19 April 2024

Government initiative upskills Bamaga jobseekers

| Cape York Weekly
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Trainer Phil Nock works with Lillias Aniba, Aramah Tabuai and Pristy Atu on their mocktails during their Certificate I in Hospitality training. Photo: Supplied.

Six jobseekers in Bamaga are one step closer to a career in hospitality after completing training through the State Government Skilling Queenslanders for Work program.

The graduates of the Training of Indigenous Hospitality Staff project being delivered by Bamaga Enterprises are the latest cohort to join the Skilling Queenslanders for Work success stories.

Bamaga Enterprises general manager Adrian Williams said two of the trainees had been offered full-time positions within the organisation, while the other four had been offered casual employment.

“Two outstanding trainees have been offered further training and full-time positions within

our organisation as a direct result of the program,” he said.

“The other four trainees still require more assistance and have been offered casual positions.

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“The program was invaluable in giving us both direction and the financial assistance to train and mentor our participants.

“Transport to work is a major hurdle to employment in our region, and the program provided the means for us to offer transport to work for the duration of the traineeship.”

The local result of the 26-week program was praised by Member for Cook Cynthia Lui, who said she believed the training would lead to “life-changing opportunities” for the graduates.

“Organisations such as Bamaga Enterprises play a vital role in bridging jobseekers with employers [because] they know their communities and understand local workforce needs,” Ms Lui said.

“They create local workforce solutions and life-changing opportunities for jobseekers.”

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