The Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) is pleased to share that the Queensland Government funded Skilling Queenslanders for Work project, Agricultural Employment for New Australians has enjoyed a wonderful start.

In its first month of operation 15 job seekers have enrolled in the 26-week training program which incorporates Certificate II in Horticulture, Farm Ready unaccredited training, practical learning through The Mulberry Project and various associated employability training applications.

The program will create job applicants who are suited to careers in the horticulture and nursery industries.

Training is proudly funded by the Queensland Government through its Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative. Skilling Queenslanders for Work focuses on developing an individual’s skills, supporting them to begin a learning pathway to a certificate III qualification, and providing direct assistance to those Queenslanders that need extra support to enter and stay in the workforce. This is a Community Work Skills program offering tailored assistance to disadvantaged Queenslanders to gain nationally recognised skills and vocational qualifications.

With so many new Australians with skills and connections to horticulture, and with many local growers having difficulty attracting and retaining skilled employees, this project aims to bridge the gap between skilled new Australians wishing to work in agriculture and local employers needing long term, capable employees.

As an added incentive, employers who employ program graduates as apprentices or trainees are eligible to access
Government incentives of $10,000 to $20,000, subject to employment conditions.

The project is also attracting a wide range of attention with Alastair McLeod, host of Channel 7’s Great Day Out program recently visiting the group during their first training week. The story will be featured in November.

Farmers in the Darling Downs and Lockyer Valley interested in accessing skilled labour or hosting farm trials or work experience are being asked to register their expressions of interest.

This Skilling Queenslanders for Work project provides businesses with the opportunity to gain eager job ready employees, with the prospect for further development into team leader and higher level positions in the long term

The wonderful thing about all the participants of this project is that they are all very keen to work in agriculture and have a genuine interest to build their skills for a long term career in the industry.

If you would like to know more or would like to get involved, please contact QAWN South Queensland Officer, Karen George on 0408 135 003 or email kgeorge@growcom.com.au

The Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) is an industry-led rural jobs initiative funded by the Queensland Government.