Skilling Queenslanders For Work – Agricultural Employment For New Australians

Growcom through the Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) has partnered with Toowoomba-based social enterprise, The Mulberry Project and registered training provider DGT Employment & Training to deliver the Skilling Queenslanders for Work, Community Work Skills program, Agricultural Employment for New Australians.

This Skilling Queenslanders for Work project aims to better prepare job seekers, ensuring they have realistic expectations of working in agriculture and have adequate training. The aim is to create skilled, quality employees for employers and develop careers in agriculture for job seekers.

Participants will undertake a Certificate II in Horticulture, complete the Farm Ready Card training, carry out practical hands on learning through the Mulberry Project and participate in property visits and work experience. The program will take 26 weeks to complete with participants ready for work from April 2020.

The Skilling Queenslanders for Work project follows on from an Agwork trial held in 2018 which involved three employers and employment of nearly twenty new Australians. The Agwork trial project linked new Australians to employment in agriculture providing many people with on-farm work experience as a result. The trial highlighted the need for greater education and preparedness of job seekers to ensure long term employment.

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.

Contact the Project Manager

Karen George
Manager, Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network

0408 135 003
kgeorge@growcom.com.au

This Skilling Queenslanders for Work project is proudly funded by the Queensland Government.