Show Me The Way Blog

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Four new trainees take places in USQ program

Story courtesy Koori Mail

Hazel Douglas says she has 2000 reasons to smile - the same number of kilometres she travelled to take part in a year-long training program at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ).

USQ has welcomed its 2018 group for its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship Program, with four new trainees on campus to work towards a Certificate III in Business qualification.

Indigenous employment and inclusion officer Sharron Jackson said the program is part of the university's efforts to help close the gap in education, training and employment between Indigenous and other people.

"Our traineeship program graduates have ventured into further education or employment," she said.

"The program is a great success, with its alumni proving to be excellent employees out in the workforce."

It took Ms Douglas three days to travel from Doomadgee in Queensland's Gulf Country to the USQ at Toowoomba.

She said the journey was worth it, and looks forward to the opportunity to boost her skills and gain qualifications before taking her experience back to her community.

Ms Douglas will join the USQ Institute for Agriculture and the environment executive director's office.

Other 2018 trainees are Chloe Short (internal audit, USQ Springfield), Mikaela Boase (student success and wellbeing, USQ Toowoomba) and Maddison Pashley (professional experience placements, USQ Toowoomba).

The USQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship Program is an initiative of the University's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Career Development and Employment Strategy.

University of Southern Queensland trainees Chloe Short, Mikaela Boase, Maddison Pashley and Hazel Douglas.

The Koori Mail is a media partner of Show Me The Way.

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