We are pleased to announce that we have recently partnered with Five Bridges, in order to assist local Indigenous youth and disadvantaged jobseekers gain life skills and employability skills under the Queensland Government’s ‘Skilling Queenslanders for Work’ initiative. Five Bridges is an established not-for-profit organisation, born from a passion to assist local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in a hands on, feet to the ground manner that will see our local communities flourish.

This program has given us the capacity to employ four brand new trainees, who are now studying and completing a Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management over a 22 week period. It is the ideal outcome of this program that these trainees will then have gained the knowledge and experience required to be able to successfully gain further employment and  be able to perform in a permanent role within the environment and conservation industry.

Left to right: Jacob Gnech (Trainee Supervisor) with trainees Chloe Butterfield, Keil Kutija, Max Williams and Hunter Austin

About our new trainees and why they have decided to take up this fantastic opportunity:

Chloe Butterfield – “I wanted to work at Landcare because I am interested in native plants and the cultural signifigance behind them. I am also interested in learning about the different uses for native plants, such as for food and medicinal uses.”

Keal Kutija – “I am very happy that I got this traineeship because I believe that if I can do this qualification, then anyone can! I hope that this helps me gain some work experience. I would love to work with disadvantaged youth in the future to show them that anything is possible.”

Max Williams – “I wanted to work with Landcare because I am very interested in learning more about plants and natural environments. I would like to one day become a Parks and Wildlife Ranger, so this qualification will assist me in learning about the environment and building my career for the future.”

Hunter Austin – “I wanted to work for Landcare so that I can learn more about native plants of Australia and how to care for them in the correct way. I am also interested in learning about the control methods for invasive plant species in our region.”

Applications for Round 2 of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work Initiative will be opening again in mid-2021. Any new traineeships that become available under this program will be advertised on our website and Facebook page.