Five Indigenous Gladstone high school students are one step closer to achieving their career aspirations thanks to funding support from the Santos GLNG Project.
Starting this semester, the students will undertake sponsored school-based apprenticeships and traineeships in their chosen field of work.
Santos GLNG Regional Manager, Garry Scanlan said GLNG had committed to sponsoring the students to undertake this work placement at local Gladstone businesses.
“The program, which is being managed by Queensland apprenticeship specialists BUSY At Work, will see the students working at local businesses one day a week as well as undertaking additional training in the classroom,” Mr Scanlan said.
“The traineeships were offered to Indigenous students across all Gladstone high schools as an extension to the financial support we provide to PREQIP.”
PREQIP is an Education Queensland Industry Partnerships EQIP program that prepares year 10 Indigenous students for the workforce.
The five students will be working in a variety of career fields from childcare services to boilermaking, gaining authentic workplace learning and hands on experience.
Cassidy Weir-Smith from Tannum Sands State High School said she was grateful to GLNG for giving her this chance, “this is a fantastic opportunity to kick start my career in childcare”.
Gladstone State High School and PREQIP student, Billie Hamilton stated she was looking forward to commencing her business administration traineeship.
“This is a perfect stepping stone to launching into a business administration career,” she said.
The program forms part of Santos’s overall support for Indigenous education and training.
To-date the Santos GLNG Project has delivered more than 170 Indigenous training and employment opportunities through school-based traineeships, apprenticeship and cadetships in the areas in which the project operates.