Getting a chance to work in a real work environment can do a lot for your self-confidence as Josephine Saylor knows.
After being unemployed for a number of years Josephine is relishing in the opportunity to participate in a new program called “BUSY Women” which BUSY At Work is delivering in partnership with Gold Coast School of Construction.
Through the twelve-week program participants can complete a Certificate I in Construction to help them gain employment in the construction industry. The training program is proudly funded and supported by the Queensland Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.
BUSY At Work Project Coordinator/Mentor, Robyn Donnelly said the program was a great way for women aged 15 to 45 improve their employability and work readiness skills.
“The BUSY Women program provides a mixture of theoretical and practical classroom based training with some hands-on training on the job.”
“BUSY are delivering the one on one mentoring, employability skills and life skills training while the accredited training is being delivered by the Gold Coast School of Construction.”
“This is the second program we have run and we are delighted with its success so far. It’s a great opportunity for the participants to build their confidence and provide a pathway into the construction industry,” Ms Donnelly said.
Gold Coast School of Construction Trainer, Rod Beare said the program provided the participants with the skills and knowledge required to perform a range of operations within the construction environment.
“It gives women the opportunity to gain a real understanding of what’s required of them in the construction industry. When they go out on site they have already adapted to what is expected of them and they can quickly learn whether they are suited to the demands of the construction industry,” Mr Beare said.
Having nearly completed the program Josephine said she was excited to be learning new skills and was looking forward to getting work in the future.
“I’ve learnt how to use a range of tools including jigsaws, sanders, orbital grinders and drop saws as part of my training.”
“I love being outdoors and making new things. I am keen to get an apprenticeship or fulltime work in the future so I can buy a car.”
“I am grateful for this opportunity and thankful for the mentoring support and training provided by Robyn Donnelly at BUSY At Work and Rod Beare at Gold Coast School of Construction,” Josephine said.
Rod said Josephine was an exemplary student who had shown great determination and commitment to the program.
“Josephine is an enthusiastic student and has performed very well throughout the program.”
“She is good with her hands and always thinks about how to do the job safely. She now has a good understanding of what is required in the building industry and is very committed to moving forward with her life,” Mr Bear said.
BUSY At Work Managing Director, Paul Miles said BUSY was pleased to work together with Gold Coast School of Construction in the Skilling Queenslanders for Work BUSY Women Program.
“At BUSY At Work we know how important it is for job seekers to take the first step in gaining employment.”
“Through the BUSY Women program we can help job seekers gain a real understanding of the physical and mental challenges associated with working in the construction industry.”
“BUSY At Work are proud to partner with Gold Coast School of Construction in providing opportunities for job seekers which allow them to make the transition to work in a more productive way,” Mr Miles said.
Skilling Queenslanders for Work provides skills development, training and job opportunities for unemployed, disengaged or disadvantaged Queenslanders through a suite of targeted skills and training programs.
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