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GEA recognised in regional training awards
Wednesday 19 July 2017
THE Gladstone Engineering Alliance (GEA) has won the “Training initiative of the Year” category in the Queensland Regional Training Awards this week.
The award recognises a community-based not-for-profit organisation that assists Queenslanders to gain the skills and experience required to enter and stay in the workforce.
In 2016, the GEA secured funding through the Queensland Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative to employ 28 disadvantaged people to undertake a traineeship in either business, or conservation and land management for 18 weeks.
GEA CEO Carli Homann said winning the award was great recognition of the hard work of not only the team at GEA, but of all of the trainees involved in the programme.
“28 business and conservation and land management trainees participated in the 18 week traineeship with 26 of those trainees gaining full time employment,” Ms Homann said.
In 2016 more than 19 local businesses closed down in Gladstone, and the unemployment rate hit 5.7%.
Despite the trend, the GEA through its local networks and business contacts successfully delivered the training program and placed more than 80% of its trainees into work.
Due to winning the regional award, the GEA are now State finalists to win the Queensland Training Award category held on September 1st in Brisbane.
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