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Powell Media Release – Woodford jobseekers get showgrounds back to their best (17 May 2012)

Eleven local jobseekers complete 18 weeks paid work this Friday and their efforts have helped the Woodford Agricultural, Pastoral and Industrial Association to recover from the 2011 floods.

Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said working on the site had provided the participants with new skills and current experience that would help them find new and meaningful employment in the future.

 “KYC Trust organised this project with the Woodford Show Society to repair or replace flood-damaged facilities and the State Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative committed $183,680 to recruit unemployed people to complete this needed work and open up new job opportunities for themselves,” he said.

 The graduation will be held at 10am on Friday 18 May at the Woodford Show Society, Neurum Road, Woodford.

 “These 11 participants were set a challenging work schedule and put in a fantastic effort on a mix of horticultural and construction tasks,” Mr Langbroek said.

 “Local projects that engage jobseekers provide a great way to assist people towards the workforce.”

 KYC Trust Executive Director Kim Reid said the quality and quantity of the participants’ work had made a big improvement to the site.

 “From removing kitchen fittings and cleaning out the main pavilion the group got stuck in from the start and built up their skills as the project moved onto refurbishing the amenities block, replacing doors and the iron roof and much more,” Ms Reid said.

 “Seven of the participants have already found new jobs and we are assisting the whole group to make the most of the great work they’ve done here.”

 “The team earned a construction industry white card and Senior First Aid certificate through the project as well as completing some accredited training from the Certificate II in Horticulture which helps open new career pathways.”

 Skilling Queenslanders for Work has committed $327,630 to support the KYC Get Set for Work project, which is running in Caboolture,BribieIsland andLawton. This project will assist 55 young Indigenous people who have disengaged from school before completing Year 12 to prepare for the workforce and keep on track for a meaningful career.

 For more information on the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative visit www.employment.qld.gov.au or call 1300 369 925.

 

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