‘Taste of Trades’ program to inspire the next generation of ‘tradies’

It is no secret that, throughout Australia, we are experiencing a skills shortage, particularly in the construction trade industries. Local organisation Skill360, a part of The BUSY Group, who deliver a range of employment, skills and training programs, are determined to inspire the next generation of tradies for our region.

‘Taste of Trades’ is an exciting new program delivered by Skill360 in the Cairns region and is funded under the Queensland Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

The 12-week hands-on-learning program offers eligible young job seekers (aged 15-19) the opportunity to gain skills for the construction trades industry and prepare them for apprenticeship careers in a variety of construction trades.

Partnering with local construction industry employers and the Mareeba Cricket Club as a venue partner, participants will learn trade skills while painting the club, along with work experience with local employers.

Anthony Chan, Skill360 CEO said, “The Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative has proven to be a huge success for job seekers needing to gain valuable skills, work experience and connections to local employers. We know this initiative is life changing because 76 per cent of participants find work or take on further training around 12 months after completion.

“Without our host employers the program wouldn’t be successful and Skill360 would like to thank those who have committed to being involved. Skill360 would also like to recognise and thank the Mareeba Cricket Club for hosting the program, which will provide participants the opportunity to learn whilst working on a real-life project.”

A launch event was held at the Mareeba United Cricket Club on 28th February. READ MORE (P10)

For more information about the program contact Philip Nock on 0429 899 181 or email philip.nock@skill360.com.au


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