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Trainees and Works Skills Traineeships

We thank all trainees for their contributions to Noosa & District Landcare and to the local environment in which they worked.

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:

Michael:
“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.”

Joel:
“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.“

Nadia:
“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”.

Pete
“This course will be a memorable achievement as it will be recognised, unlike many other achievements.”

Lyn
“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.”

Lochie:
“Very educational, knowledge of all the weeds and trees that are growing around the place.”

Albi:
“Exciting, educational, dedication.”

Mat:
“Very insightful in regards to observing and maintaining the surrounding Sunshine Coast ecosystem.”

Martin:
“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)

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