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    Minister for Education, Training and Employment
    The Honourable John-Paul Langbroek

    Media Release: Greening Whitsunday schools builds up jobseekers’ skills

    Minister for Education, Training and Employment
    The Honourable John-Paul Langbroek

    Wednesday, May 09, 2012

    Media Release: Greening Whitsunday schools builds up jobseekers’ skills

    Eighteen Bowen and Proserpine jobseekers will graduate on Friday (11 May) after completing paid work repairing and revegetating the grounds of local schools.

    Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the State Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative provided $305,790 to pay the participants wages and support this project.

    “IDEAL Placements organised the IDEAL Way project to provide unemployed people who have disabilities with an opportunity to gain on-the-job experience and learn new skills,” Mr Langbroek said.

    “The participants worked part-time in two teams for 26 weeks to recreate gardens and green spaces that were severely damaged by Cyclone Anthony in January 2011.”

    Mr Langbroek said participants had worked on Queens Beach State School, St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School, Proserpine State School, Marinda State School, Bowen State Primary and High Schools, St Mary’s Catholic Primary, Proserpine State Primary and High Schools.

    Two graduations will be held on Friday (11 May). The Bowen group will graduate at 11am at the TAFE outdoor area. The Proserpine group’s graduation will be held at 2pm at the CWA Hall, Faust Street.

    IDEAL Placements General Manager Kathy Dine said the participants completed accredited training that included the construction industry white card and a Certificate I in Employability – Becoming a Worker.

    “Through this work participants built up general workplace skills like team work, communication and personal discipline, as well as learning how to re-establish gardens and other landscaping tasks,” Ms Dine said.

    “Of the 18 work placement participants, 10 have already progressed to further employment and another one has moved on to further education. The remaining participants are keen to gain employment using the skills they have developed during the program.

    “The participants have put in a great effort and each school community has been impressed with the results. IDEAL Placements will continue to support the participants as they take this experience and aim to turn into stable and ongoing employment.”

    The joint State and Federal Governments Queensland Natural Disasters Jobs and Skills Package provided $17 million to create 1100 jobs on flood recovery projects.

    For more information on the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative, visit www.employment.qld.gov.au or call 1300 369 925.

    Media contacts:

    Minister’s Office – 3237 1000 
    IDEAL Placements – 4957 8177