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Mary Valley Rattler offers TRAINeeships to unemployed


Gympie’s heritage Mary Valley Rattler is playing a key role in the future of 18 Gympie residents by offering them traineeships with the prospect of getting their careers back on track towards long-term employment.

Two intakes of nine previously unemployed local residents will be working at the Rattler as part of the Queensland Government-funded Skilling Queenslanders for Work program.

Co-ordinated by Energy Skills Queensland, the 20-week program is designed exclusively for not-for-profit organisations such as the Mary Valley Rattler to support their local communities.

The first intake is already in place, with the nine trainees working in business operations, hospitality and in conservation and land management roles.

A second intake will begin with the Rattler in late October.

The trainees go through a full recruitment and induction process to provide a typical employment experience and help develop their vocational skills.

“Our goal is to make the traineeships as relevant as possible to strengthen the trainees’ long-term employment potential,” said Sebastian Ross-Hagebaum, Program Manager, Workforce Skilling for Energy Skills Queensland.

"We also provide assistance to the trainees throughout their placement, and after they successfully complete the 20-week program they receive a nationally-accredited Certificate I qualification, which can be a very important stepping stone for future employment.

Mary Valley Rattler General Manager, Micheal Green, said it was tremendous to have such an enthusiastic group of young Gympie residents, from a wide cross-section of the local community, coming through the traineeship program.

“The Rattler is all about community and ‘giving back’, so to be able to help trainees develop vocational skills and provide such a positive pathway for longer-term employment is very rewarding,” said Mr Green.

“The Mary Valley Rattler is a relatively small organisation, so it is a very hands-on experience for the trainees, dealing directly with skilled employees as well as our group of dedicated volunteers and of course our visitors.

"When trainees successfully complete the traineeship program, they bring a wage incentive to their future employer, which will further encourage local employment within the Gympie community.”