A Brisbane local, Conner worked in a few different industries since leaving school including Transport, Automotive and Customer Service in a call centre and in a cafe. Eager to try something new, Conner signed up for a Skilling Queenslanders for Work course, undertaking a Conservation and Land Management qualification while employed under a twenty-week full-time, paid traineeship at Wynnum Manly District Cricket Club.
This traineeship will earn Conner a Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management, which he hopes will help him gain full time employment.
“When I found out about this traineeship opportunity and what it involved, I jumped at the chance because it is totally different to anything I have ever done and my aim is to work in a job that is outdoors,” said Conner.
The trainees have been busy fixing up the club with weed maintenance, painting fences, mowing the pitch, using the whipper snipper, filling any holes in the grounds to prevent potential hazards and other general maintenance around the area.
Traineeship supervisor, Jarrod Bird, said, “We’re all having a bit of fun while learning and they are getting a lot done for the community club which is great. After all, happy staff are productive ones.”
Conner has really enjoyed working with the team and has received ongoing support from BUSY At Work. Once the 20-week paid traineeship at the Wynnum Cricket Grounds ends, the staff at BUSY At Work will support participants to continue their traineeships with other employers in the region.
“Everyone at BUSY At Work has been great and super helpful, not just to me but to all of us in the traineeship. They are all really lovely and will answer any questions we might have,” said Conner.
“I would definitely recommend starting a traineeship, the worst that can happen is you try it and don’t enjoy it, but it is better to try something and see if it works rather than being afraid to fail and not trying at all.”
Paul Miles, Managing Director at BUSY At Work said, “It’s fantastic that through this Skilling Queenslanders for Work course, Conner has had the opportunity to start a traineeship in an industry that interests him. Half the battle of finding work is finding something that suits the person and what they enjoy doing. We wish Conner all the best in completing his traineeship in Conservation and Land Management and his ongoing career path”.
Conner undertook a 20-week paid traineeship in Conservation and Land Management, thanks to a Skilling Queenslanders for Work course through BUSY At Work and is now pursuing a career in the industry.
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Michelle Ryan, BUSY At Work
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