Story courtesy the Koori Mail

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

FOUR young people have just graduated from the University of Southern Queensland’sIndigenous Trainee program.Hannah Ward, Karlee Germon-Peterson, Kiara Taylor and Joshua Tribe spent last year building their skills and knowledge at the Toowoomba-based university.It was part of USQ’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Career Development and Employment Strategy, which aims to attract, recruit and retain Indigenous people to academic and professional positions.Ms Ward, a Kunja woman, praised the program“I’ve spent the past year as an Indigenous Trainee at USQ and I can’t tell you how much it has meant, not only to me, but to our people,” she said.

USQ vice-chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie congratulated the trainees graduating from the program.“USQ is committed to closing the gap in training, education and employment outcomes between non-Indigenous and Indigenous people and by improving educational outcomes we can contribute to closing the employment gap,” she said.USQ Indigenous employment officer Sharron Jackson said the 2017 trainees had every reason to be proud.“They have worked very hard and demonstrated great professionalism and commitment,” she said.

“The traineeship program is a great success with indicators being that the majority of its graduates have ventured into further education or employment.”

USQ’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship program graduates, from left, Joshua Tribe, Karlee Germon-Peterson, Kiara Taylor and Hannah Ward.