Community & Business

2 March, 2023

New trades program launches in Mareeba

A NEW “Taste of Trades” program is being launched in Mareeba this week in the hope it will encourage young people to seek a career in the construction sector.

New trades program launches in Mareeba - feature photo

Local organisation Skill360, a part of The BUSY Group, which delivers a range of employment, skills and training programs, is determined to inspire the next generation of tradies for our region.

The “Taste of Trades” program is being delivered by Skill360 and funded under the Queensland Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program.

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 prepares 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 gaining work experience with local employers.

Skill360 CEO Anthony Chan said it was no secret that our region, and the rest of Australia, was experiencing a skills shortage, particularly in the construction trade industries.

“The Skilling Queenslanders for Work program 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.”

Those who attend the course will obtain a Certificate 1 in Construction, and get carer mentoring and work placement support.

Anyone interested in registering for the course, which starts on 14 March, can do so by emailing or call Chloe on 0428 676 912.


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