Apprentices and Trainees Queensland –
Igniting Opportunities for Jobseekers in Central Queensland

Thursday, 13th January 2022


Apprentices and Trainees Queensland have received funding for Work Skills Traineeships, one of seven programs that makes up the Queensland Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative. The program offers Queenslander’s employment on public works, community, and environmental projects.

Apprentices and Trainees Queensland (ATQLD) are again welcoming in 2022 further programs to aid individuals in securing traineeships in Business and Construction. These traineeships run for a total of 18 weeks and provide full time employment for jobseekers and essential work-life skills through on-the-job training and mentoring.


Each intake secures traineeships for up to 10 participants per program where they are placed with not-for-profit community organisations in Central Queensland. Not only is this partnership highly beneficial to trainees through diversity in training as well as networking opportunities for future employment, but it also aids community partners in return. Not-for-profits have welcomed hosting a trainee from ATQLD for 18 weeks, as it gives extra support to their organisation at no extra cost.

Since 2020, ATQLD has provided a total of 50 jobseekers employment through its Skilling Queenslanders for Work – Work Skills ‘Ignite Your Opportunities’ Program. Between 2020 – 2021 in the program’s first intake, 30 trainees were placed at not-for-profits.  Initially Business and Construction traineeships were offered in Gladstone and then additional Business traineeships in Biloela after. From the program’s success, a second round of funding was secured enabling further Business traineeships in Gladstone and Rockhampton.


Despite the hurdles presented due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the program has had huge success. Construction trainees have worked on numerous projects including restoration of workers huts at the Calliope Historical Village and new garden beds for the Mission to Seafarers Centre. They also were given training in basic carpentry, painting, obtained a Forklift Licence and White Card.


Business trainees have delivered assistance to not-for-profit organisations in health, aged care, disability support services, agricultural and youth services sectors through aiding in general clerical and reception tasks. These essential skills and mentoring have helped trainees secure ongoing employment after their traineeship ends where they may not have had the opportunity previously.


This year ATQLD will welcome a further 30 trainees under the initiative. Business and Construction will return in Gladstone commencing in February and Business again for Rockhampton in the later half of 2022.

Photo: Construction trainees in Gladstone, learning practical on the job skills as well as other essential life skills in teamwork and communication.

Photo: Business trainees in Gladstone, Biloela and Rockhampton Business trainee placed with their host employers, aiding organisations while receiving on the job training to prepare them for the future workforce.