After the darkness of unemployment, Annie Jones couldn’t imagine she’d be graduating from the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program Caring Futures in Hervey Bay and working in aged care.
Thanks to her Certificate III in Individual Support the future is no longer uncertain for Annie and many of her graduating class. Annie loves her new job at the Churches of Christ Fair Haven facility.
Sarina Russo Program Coordinator Natalie Keen said “it is a wonderful privilege change people’s lives through the Skilling Queenslanders for Work project.
“Over 70% of the 56 participants in the Caring Futures – Hervey Bay program had been unemployed for over 6 months when they started the course.
“During three intakes in 2016 and 2017, 96% of participants achieved either their full Certificate III or a Statement of Attainment.
“So far, 50% of participants have ‘got that job’ including 15 in aged care. That is an incredible result, everyone is to be congratulated.
“I’m so pleased the Queensland Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work program has helped so many mature aged workers (57% of participants were over 45 years of age) and people with significant barriers to learning (25% of participants had English as a second language) to achieve a qualification and get a job in Hervey Bay.
“I have really enjoyed seeing the personal and professional transformation of all the graduates - from their first day nerves to beaming, confident individuals ready to enter a career in aged care," Ms Keen said.
Fraser Coast Regional Council Councillor Daniel Sanderson, responsible for Education, Training and City Precinct Development, presented Annie and the other participants with their Certificates.
The ceremony was also attended by Gill Rimmer, Job Seeker Training Officer for the Back to Work – regional Employment Program at TAFE; Glen Bishell, Business Development Manager for Simple Solutions, a local Registered Training Organisation; Aged Care Trainers and Assessors Gillian Dunleavy and Allison Dunne; and Lenora Steele, Fair Haven Service Manager.