Pictured: Cr David Pahlke, Genevieve Wells from DEEDI, Project Coordinators Pat Cole & Michelle Dobinson, and five of the program graduates.
Rosewood’s involvement in the Skilling Queenslanders for work program has seen six students graduate from the 16-week program, after renovating the Show Function Hall at the Rosewood Showgrounds.
Division 10 Councillor David Pahlke said the program was a State Government initiative to give people who have been long-term unemployed, people who have been retrenched or changing careers , new skills.
“We started with nine participants and of those, one finished and returned to his boilermaker apprenticeship, while two found apprenticeships as an electrician and landscaper. They found work through the program, which helps participants write applications and prepare for interviews.
“These six graduates have been working on the renovations to the Rosewood Community Hall, doing demolition work of the old poultry pavillion, assisting on-site tradesmen with construction work, painting and grounds maintenance.
“They have all worked very hard and the facilitators have been most impressed by their tenacity, commitment and enthusiasm.
“Council secured funding through the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation to host the program and will host another 40 participants in the next 12 months.
“The next group will start in January, completing major renovation work at the Ebbw Vale Memorial Park Club House.”