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Six traineeships to be made available

Charters Towers Regional Council will employ 6 new trainees as part of the Queensland Government’s “Skilling Queenslanders for Work” First Start program.


First Start is one of seven programs that make up the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative; designed to provide opportunities to young people and disadvantaged job seekers to gain a recognised qualification and 12 months of paid employment with local council.


Participants in the program are required to meet age, citizen/residency requirements and no longer be at school. Participants will also be required to enter into a training contract, gaining a qualification that is funded by the Department of Education and Training (DET) under the User Choice program.


Local councils across Queensland will have access to $4.25 million in funding in 2017–18, which will see 340 new traineeships being created. The First Start program is primarily for young Queensland school leavers and job seekers considered at risk of prolonged periods of unemployment.


Council may receive up to $12,500 (plus GST) in subsidised funding for each trainee.


 “Council is very pleased with the outcome of our funding application.” said Charters Towers Mayor Liz Schmidt, “It’s a great opportunity to provide homegrown employment and training to young job seekers in our region.”


Trainees will be employed at various locations within the Charters Towers Regional Council and will include:


  • 4 x Business Administration Trainees
  • 1 x Horticulture Trainee
  • 1 x Conservation and Land Management Trainee


Traineeships will be advertised by the end of November 2017 with positions filled by the end of January 2018.

EJH 23 October 2017