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$20k helps young local into a job
YOUNG Gladstone girls finds work through GEA initiative
Wednesday 07 December 2016  

16 year old Emma Lawrence has started her new job at Gladstone Central Plaza following completion of Gladstone Engineering Alliance’s (GEA) Ready for Work program.

Emma was one of 70 participants from the Ready for Work program which was run by GEA recently.

GEA CEO Carli Homann said the program was aimed at helping young job seekers to gain confidence and develop skills needed to find ongoing work.

“Throughout the program we worked with young job seekers to help them create effective resumes, improve their interview skills and plan their career paths,” she said.

“During the program, Emma expressed an interest in working in tourism.

“At GEA we have the benefit of having contacts across local industry, so we worked with our member businesses to find someone in need of staff in this area and Gladstone Central Plaza employed Emma to complete a Certificate IV in Travel and Tourism.

“It’s a win-win really, because a young person gains work and a local business gains a skilled employee,” Mrs Homann said.

Gladstone Central Plaza General Manager Barry Neubauer said the program came at just at the right time, with the Queensland Government announcing $20,000 Youth Boost incentives for regional businesses who employ people aged between 16 and 24 years of age between 1 December 2016 and 27 February 2017.

“At Gladstone Central Plaza we are committed to employing and upskilling local staff” Mr Neubauer said.

“We heard about GEA’s program and thought it was a great initiative.

“We met Emma and were very impressed by her professionalism at such a young age and thought she would be a great fit for the business.

“With the changing environment in Gladstone it has been a little more challenging for local businesses to find the money to put on additional staff, but the Queensland Government’s Youth Boost incentive combined with GEA’s program has made it possible for us to continue expanding and employing local staff.”

Emma is thrilled to have found work leading into the Christmas period and is looking forward to developing her skills further.

“I’ve worked at Brumby’s before and have a Certificate II in Business, but I joined GEA’s program because I wanted to gain more skills,” Emma said.

“During the program I got a Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways and I also completed my Certificate III in Business.

The Ready for Work Program is proudly funded and supported by the Queensland Government as part of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.


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