A wonderful experience
Noosa & District Landcare has:
- Employed and trained over 100 local people 2010 – 2012 under short term contracts through the Green Army program (funded under Skilling Queenslanders for Work program which was terminated in 2012)
- Employed and trained over 32 local people under 12 month traineeships 2001 – 2012
- Approximately 60% obtaining ongoing employment and 10% going on to further training.
- Around 12% of this number have gone on to secure employment with the Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Landcare, Regional Bodies or State Government Departments.
It has been a wonderful experience for Landcare to be involved in providing the foundations for people to enter the workforce and regain their self esteem, uncover new skills and develop a positive work ethic. We thank all trainees for their contributions to Noosa & District Landcare and to the local environment in which they worked.
Some quotes from recent trainees are listed below:
“Beginning my career with Noosa & District Landcare, has provided me with the necessary skills and attributes to substantially contribute to natural resource management on the Sunshine Coast. During my time as a trainee, I was exposed to many facets of this industry which proved invaluable when furthering my career. The team at Noosa & District Landcare gave me a sense of empowerment that I am truly grateful. I strongly recommend anyone interested in pursuing a career in natural resource management, to begin with Noosa & District Landcare.”
“I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been part of a traineeship program with Noosa & District Landcare. Through the traineeship I gained great exposure to the field of environmental management and was able to develop practical skills that have proved to be invaluable. The team at Noosa & District Landcare provided me with the grounding and the mentoring that has enabled me to pursue a career in environmental management for the past decade and for this I am truly thankful.“
“The skills, knowledge and experience that I acquired during the traineeship gave me the confidence to pursue a career in the environment. The trainers were fantastic and I met lifetime friends along the way”.
“This course will be a memorable achievement as it will be recognised, unlike many other achievements.”
“Working outside after 40 years indoors is wonderful and learning new skills. Even if I can’t get further employment, I will be a much more useful volunteer.”
“Very educational, knowledge of all the weeds and trees that are growing around the place.”
“Exciting, educational, dedication.”
“Very insightful in regards to observing and maintaining the surrounding Sunshine Coast ecosystem.”
“Getting to know more about the local ecosystem and environment and why it is so important.”
Interested in finding out further information? > Contact Noosa Landcare
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Brad Smith on Noosa Community Radio
“Get out there and go for it – it’s helped me”
Brad Smith. (courtesy of Geoff Potter, Noosa News)
Brad Smith, a trainee funded under the “First Start” program, as part of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative, was chosen to appear in a TV series to air on WIN TV, which tells the story of the participants’ experiences. Mark asked him what all this attention felt like. (runs 2’21”).
> Click here to listen to the interview
(Please note this link is a .mp3 file)